If everyone demanded physical delivery of silver, we’d be looking at $500/oz. If hyper-inflation hits, the sky is the limit, $5,000, $10,000, who knows, but they will still buy the same amount of goods and services they buy now. Saving metal coins is not a way to get rich. It will only preserve existing wealth while currency is devalued.
As of today, there are no longer any regular wholesale supplies of the 1 ounce through 100 ounce silver rounds and bars available for immediate delivery. It may be possible to locate incidental quantities of some product, but most wholesalers are now promising two to four weeks delivery to allow time for the silver to be fabricated.
As a result of the shortages, premiums have started to rise. So far, the increases have been modest, on the order of 0.5-2%. However, if the shortage grows, expect to see further and larger premium increases in the coming weeks. We could see a repeat of the late 2008 gold and silver buying frenzy, where product availability got as slow as 1-4 months after payment.
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