Gold Silver Price Ratio Useful for Investment Decisions

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Gold Silver Price Ratio
One way to measure the relative prices and investment potential of gold compared with silver is to look at the price ration between them, known as the gold:silver ratio or gold to silver ratio.
It can be difficult to find historic information about this ratio, and when we first looked, we could find very little data, and had to rely on our memory back to about 1974.
In recent years, we have come across a number of earlier references to the ratio, and have published brief articles about it on a number of our websites, where we also have a live display of the current ratio. We are not permitted by eBay to include a link here to this useful information, but you should be able to find it by searching for "Gold Silver Price Ratio".


One Ounce Gold & Silver Britannia Bullion Coins

Weights
Obviously, it does not matter what weights are used when pricing, as this is a ratio, provided that the same weight unit is used when pricing both metals.


One Ounce Gold & Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins

Gold Silver Ratio
When the first coins were made over 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, the ratio of gold to silver was generally between 10:1 and 13.5:1, depending on the relative proximity of gold or silver mines. In the 1930's and 1940's the ratio reached 90:1 or higher, and in 1991 it peaked at about 98:1, although we have seen one source which claims over 100:1 peak. Other sources state that the gold silver ratio is no longer relevant in today's markets. We believe it is a worthwhile measure, but would stress that it is difficult if not impossible to state what the ratio "should" be.


One Ounce Australian Gold Nugget & Silver Kookaburra Bullion Coins

Gold and Silver Bullion Coins
A number of countries now issue gold and silver bullion coins, in addition to other metals such as platinum and palladium. These include Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the USA.


One Ounce American Gold Eagle Silver Eagle and New Fine Gold Buffalo Bullion Coins

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