The Gold Silver Ratio

The Gold Silver Ratio

Gold Silver Ratio Charts

The gold silver ratio charts are updated continually on this page.

You can access one day, one month, one year, five year and ten year live gold silver ratio charts.

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The Gold Silver Ratio Is Approaching Four Year Highs

Update June 2016: The Gold Silver Ratio has dropped from its all time highs.

The gold silver ratio measures how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold.

In Twelve Ways Silver is Different Than Gold we noted silver’s lower price relative to gold has been based historically on what was commonly believed to be the scarcity of gold relative to silver in the earth’s crust of about is 16:1. The gold silver ratio was set at 15:1 in 1792 in the United States when gold and silver coins were in general circulation.

Over the last ten years, however, the gold/silver ratio has ranged from about 30:1 to 80.1.

Recently, Eric Sprott, of Sprott Global Resource Investments noted that the amount of available gold to silver for investment was just 3 to 1.

The current gold silver ratio based on $1245 an ounce of gold to $17.40 an ounce of silver is about 70 to 1.

We report monthly on the amount of silver sold relative to the amount of gold sold at the U.S. Mint. Over past year, silver has out sold gold each month from 75 ounces to 1 to nearly 300 to 1, reflecting what investors see as the relative bargain of silver to gold.

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The Gold Silver Ratio at 72:1 Illustrated

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The Gold Silver Ratio Illustrated at 72:1 with seven one ounce American Silver Eagle coins, two 1/10 silver eagle rounds and one 1/10 ounce American Gold Eagle coin.

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Gold Silver Ratio Charts

Gold Silver Ratio One Month Chart

Buy Silver Austrian Philharmonic Coins

The Austrian Silver Philharmonic coin was first produced in 2008 by the Austrian Mint.

The Austrian Silver Philharmonic is Europe’s largest selling silver bullion coin with sales over 50 million from 2008-2013. The Austrian Silver Philharmonic is often over looked by silver investors and tends to sell at lower premiums and in lower quantities than the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf or the American Silver Eagle.

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The American Silver Eagle coin is produced by the United States mint and is the most recognized government produced silver coin and since 1986 through 2013 has sold over 350 million.

In 2013 a record 42.7 million American Silver Eagles were sold. In 2014, 44 million American Silver Eagles ere sold.

American Silver Eagles can be purchased in uncirculated condition, certified or in proof form.

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Gold Silver Ratio – Five Year Chart

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Buy American Gold Eagle Coins

The American Gold Eagle is produced by the United State Mint. The American Gold Eagle is minted in denominations of $5 (1/10 ounce), $10 (1/4 ounce),$25 (1/2 ounce) and $50 (1 ounce).

The American Gold Eagle coin is 22K gold.

In the U.S. Mint sold 743,500 one ounce American Gold Eagles in 2013. In 2009 the U.S. Mint sold a record 1,325,500 one ounce American Gold Eagles.

You can compare pricing and shipping charges on American Gold Eagles coins of all sizes at these web sites:

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Gold Silver Ratio – Ten Year Chart

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Buy Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Royal Canadian mint has sold over 125 million Silver Maple Leaf coins since 1988 when it was first minted.

You can compare Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins for sale at these online dealers:

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The Gold Silver Ratio – Three Months July-September 2014 (Static)

The three month gold silver ratio chart shows a sharp increase reflecting the steeper price drop of silver relative to gold.

the gold silver ratio from July to  September 2014 has risen sharply due to a larger decline in the price of silver than gold

The gold silver ratio has risen sharply the past three months

With the exception of sharp decreases in the gold silver ratio in 1979/80 and in 2011 when silver hit nominal highs of $50 an ounce, the trend has been higher.

The Gold Silver Ratio – Since 1970

the long term gold silver ratio since 1970 has climbed to near 70 to one. long term gold silver chart

The gold silver ratio is approaching its four year high.

The Silver To Gold Sales Ratio vs. the Gold/Silver Ratio

Smaulgld.com tracks the silver to gold sales ratio monthly based on the number of one ounce American Silver Eagles sold at the United States Mint vs the number of one ounce Amercian Gold Eagles sold.

Here is a chart comparing the silver to gold sales ratio vs the Gold Silver Ratio since 2008.

Silver has out sold gold by a wide margin during the past five year.

The amount of silver sold relative to gold has exploded in the past five years.

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Further Reading:

The Silver To Gold Sales Ratio (including links to updated monthly data)

Gold and Silver Sales at the U.S. Mint in 2014

Silver vs. the Dow

Gold vs. The Dow

Silver vs. the Dollar

Gold vs. the Dollar

Silver Supply and Demand

Gold Supply and Demand

Smaulgld Silver Buying Guide

Smaulgld Gold Buying Guide

Gold and Silver Price Manipulation – Suspected

Gold and Silver Manipulation – Actual

Twelve Ways Silver is Different Than Gold

The Price of Silver in 1979 & 1980 vs. 2013 & 2014

Royal Canadian Mint


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  • Mike Armstrong

    Silver looks interesting here. You have the inflation hedge and if you are concerned about the stability of the dollar, silver could provide a parking spot. Gold has two much speculation and non-sense currency replacement theories to deal with. Anyone know what its like to sell? If you buy 10 oz bars and later want to sell, how do you do it and is that expensive?

    • Smaulgld

      You can sell back to the dealer that sold it to you. If they are storing it for you its easy, if you took delivery you have to send it back and incur shipping/insurance costs.
      There is a big spread and you need a big price gain to make money selling it back to the dealer.
      Right now, Apmex for example is selling 10 oz bars for $182-$188 and buying them back for $161 (about current spot price of $16.10) But that is more than 10% off what you would have paid if you bought today.
      You can bring it to a dealer but they make money the same way Apmex does, buying low and selling high.
      The premiums are lowest on bars but so are the resale prices.

  • Kevin

    I’ve been wondering about what sort of annualized return I could get if I played the gold/silver ratio over time and just rolled back and forth between the two.

    I guess a big problem with that is dealing with the friction of trading silver for gold and gold for silver along the way–either with dealers, or trying to find local PM holders who are willing to trade.

    But in an idealized world, it looks like one could make a decent return playing that game.

    • Smaulgld

      I would think you could. Each day there is a wide spread especially during cartel raids, silver gets hit harder than gold and the spread widens.

      I am unaware of any fund that plays the spread but it would seem to be a way to make money irrespective of silver going up or down.
      In bear markets silver gets hit harder so the ratio rises and in bull markets silver rises higher so the spread narrows.
      The easiest non trading way to play it would be to buy silver now and when the price rises sell it and buy gold. Or if you have gold, sell it and buy silver.

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