I only have a couple silver bars, but I know many of you here have a large number of them. One thing that confuses me is why are there different prices for the various manufacturers with the same silver content say, 10 ounces. To me, silver is silver and if I'm trying to accumulate silver, I would want to do so at the cheapest price possible.
I suspect that some of the bars are rare in the sense that not many bars were made by a particular manufacturer and therefore command a premium. Is there some place that lists the bars by manufacturer, rarity, price either per 1 ounce, 5 ounce, or 10 ounce bar or some other number of ounces, or at some amount above spot?
One last question is how reliable are the markings on the bar. In other words do you trust that it's a 10 ounce bar at .999 fine as stated on the bar? Does this trust vary by manufacturer? In other words, are some manufacturers less accurate than others?
Thanks in advance. Bill