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The Silver Series: Supply and Demand
In 2011, there were 1040.6 million troy oz of silver produced. Of this, 84% was used by industry and the remaining was used as an investment. Interestingly, traditional uses of silver only account fo... r about a third of silver fabrication. These include jewelry, coins, medals, and silverware. Most silver is actually consumed in over 10,000 modern industrial applications. The vast majority of silver supply comes from recycling, net government sales, and mine production. In terms of mine production, the majority of silver comes as a by-product of mining other metals. In addition, about half of all mined silver comes from Latin America. Although all silver ever mined can fit in a 52m cube, the vast majority of silver has been consumed. While the actual amount is unknown, some experts believe as much as 90-95% of all the silver ever mined has been ‘lost’ to landfills. For this reason, there is likely less silver available above ground than gold (98% of all gold is accounted for today).
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