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What is Platinum used for? | PLATINUM USES

Platinum Facts, Platinum Demand Sectors, Platinum Usage,

Based on how little has been mined throughout history, platinum is the rarest physical precious metal we both buy and sell here at SD Bullion.

Here we cover platinum uses including how it is used by human begins, and in what percentage of annual platinum production is used by which platinum demand sectors.

Currently platinum is cheaper versus gold than it has been for over 110 years. Yet tiny physical platinum supplies above ground are dwarfed by physical gold supplies.

Come see why we human beings still highly value platinum and why we believe platinum to be perhaps the best long term precious metal value today.

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Silver Eagle Prices

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If you want to better understand 1 oz American Silver Eagle Coin prices, you need to understand how they are derived via the ongoing silver spot price (mostly dictated by the COMEX), as well ongoing US Mint price over spot and silver bullion dealer premiums. 

Here you can look back at recent Silver Eagle Coin Value Chart history.

You can see that it is during times of exorbitant silver bullion demand that 1 oz American Silver Eagle Coins (still the most popular silver bullion product by a large margin) typically perform with outsized price premiums above the fluctuating silver spot price. The fall of 2008 and the fall of 2015 being the most obvious examples of this phenomenon.

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How to Clean Silver Coins (Common Date)

Cleaning Silver Coins How to Clean Silver Coins SDBullion.com/blog/how-clean-silver-coins

How to clean silver coins that are not numismatic nor highly collectible is an easy process. It can often be done with just a handful of household items. Here we’ll show you how to clean silver coins in 15 minutes time.

WARNING: you should never clean highly collectible rare numismatic coins.

That said, there are many common silver coins and silver items like silver jewelry or silverware which you can easily clean using household items.

In this SD Bullion blog post and accompanying SD Bullion youtube video, we will focus on simple methods for cleaning silver coins. Come learn how to do it yourself and see the results.

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Market Manipulation Continuation? Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium

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The CME Group (COMEX, NYMEX) continues to not only allow, but also incentivizes non-US central banks, multilateral development banks (e.g. IMF, World Bank), and even international organizations of central banks (e.g. BIS) to trade critical price discovery commodity futures contracts in silver, gold, platinum, palladium, fiat FX, bitcoin, US treasuries/bonds, and other financial products.

Here we will focus on recent key Silver Manipulation, Gold Manipulation, and other potential financial Market Manipulation news at hand.

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GOLD THEFT HISTORY: Biggest Gold Robbery All Time by Size

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In the anneals of documented gold cappers there are many respective small fry tales of mostly men and or groups of men inside jobbing a Brink’s Via Mat, or perhaps robbing transporting train cars for large quantities of gold bullion.

Here we touch on perhaps the largest gold thefts all time. A couple of them even larger than all the gold supposedly held in Fort Knox today.

These biggest historic gold robberies were all quasi or direct state sponsored affairs, within the last 100 years of time.

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US Mint Sold Out All of Us Long Ago

US Mint Sold Us Out Long Ago

Yea we know, it's a harsh blog title, but there are various real reasons to be critical of the US Mint. Here come but a few.

One would think the US Mint might show more respect and higher quality business practices towards the customer bases it makes its highest profit margins off of.

But judging them by their actions, not their words. Dubious folk may now lead the US law driven charge, to supply the public's demand with sufficient Silver and Gold Eagle bullion coins.

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US Mint Sold Out Silver Eagle Coins 2019

US Mint Sells Out Silver Eagle Coins 2019

The US Mint just declared a temporary sell out of 2019 Silver Eagle Coins effective immediately February 21, 2019.

Silver coin price premiums on Silver Eagle Coins as a result are inching higher above the fluctuating silver spot price given that the US Mint was ambiguous about when new Silver Eagle Coin supplies will return to market.

How long might this latest Silver Eagle Coin sell out last?

Who should we ask?

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Where is Gold Found?

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The following gold mining data covers total tonnes of gold mined per country in 2016. One tonne of gold is equivalent to 32,150.7 troy ounces of gold.

Physical gold is mined on every continent other than Antartica. On Earth, the largest amounts of gold are found in the oceans - but extracting gold from seawater is not yet profitable or feasible.

Come see Where Gold is Mined and found throughout this mostly water covered, floating space rock we all reside upon.

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Can Gold be Destroyed?

Is gold indestructible? Can gold be destroyed?

Born in the explostion of stars, the element of gold is indestructible.

There is no known natural substance that can destroy gold. Although gold can be dissolved by chemical means, even then it remains as gold-only in a more widely dispersed state. 

Come see an example of how gold cannot be detroyed and remains almost infinitely maluable in this real life example.

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How much Gold does the US have?

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Here we examine how much gold does the US have, as well where each portion of Official US Gold Reserves are held throughout the United States.

Come see how much official gold the US claims (#1 in the world) and where in the nation it is held and at what low official price.

Listen to what the current US President said in 2016 about who has the gold and the slim potential of a Gold Standard return.

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Best Bullion Products TOP 10 Countdown

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This Top 10 Bullion Product video playlist series is dedicated to the best bullion products based on our customer’s purchase volumes.

As one of the largest high volume bullion dealers in the United States the following top 10 list of best bullion products to buy is based on our internal sales volume data.

Much will of course depend on your personal buying and selling objectives.

Here we will count down the list from #10 to number #1, including insightful reasons to why bullion buyers choose specific products we are about to show you.

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Bullion Dealer Interview with James Anderson

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Late last week, SD Bullion's James Anderson spoke with Eliie from youtube channel Urban Lifestyle, covering some basics on online bullion dealing. 

What does James do at SD Bullion? What does he stack (silver or gold)? How did he get involved in the bullion industry?

Come learn more about how SD Bullion operates its business and why payment policies in our industry are different than other industries.

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How Much Platinum is in the World?

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There has been a long running claim that the total amount of physical platinum the world has ever mined would fit into an average living room or garage.

Here we examine various long range data sources, to best estimate how much platinum is indeed in the world and if this long running “all platinum could find into an average garage” claim is true or not.

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Gold Backed Currency: Russian Ruble?

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Have a look at the latest update to which fiat currency currently has the largest Official Gold Reserve 'backing'.

Westerners might be surprised to learn that the Russian Ruble has the largest pile of Official gold to fiat currency cash in their financial system.

Let us break down the numbers, so you can see at what US dollar gold price per troy ounce it would take to back various fiat currencies today.

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DOW SILVER RATIO

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The Dow Silver Ratio helps investors understand US stock market vs silver bullion values with long term historic perspective.

Here we examine long duration Dow Silver Ratio charts, but also where the value of silver may peak someday vs US stock values according to the past bullion bull markets.

Come see the ongoing cycle of this precious commodity's value versus failing and income producing publically traded enterprises.

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DENSITY of SILVER

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The density of pure silver is 10.5 grams per cubic centimeters at 68 °F or 20 °C.

Come see how this can apply to your silver stack in a real world application.

Learn how to test the authenticity of silver coins, rounds, and bullion bars using the density of silver and the specific gravity test.

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SD Bullion CEO in Rare Interview Inside the Precious Metals Industry

SDBullion CEO Tyler Wall Rare Interview Inside the Precious Metals Industry @JamesHenryAnd

Rare to get such a granular insight into the high volume physical bullion industry.

This past Friday at 6PM eastern, management heads at SD Bullion sat down with the Salivate Metals youtube channel community to answer questions about the SD Bullion company, how it all started, and a behind the scenes look inside the precious metals industry.

Below is the interview in full, recorded on January 18, 2019.

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Warren Buffett Silver Hoard 1997-2006

Warren Buffett Silver Investment 1997-2006 SD Bullion SDBullion.com

Warren Buffett and his consistently ignorant remarks revolving around gold are often trumpeted by stock and bond market cheerleaders.

But little known is that Warren Buffett was a record sized Silver Bullion stacker beginning in 1997.

Here we cover a deeper dig into the details of this 129.7 million ounce silver bullion position, it’s buy sell trade timeline, how it blew out silver lease rates to 75% in 1998, and the ugly alleged details surrounding the 2006 sale of said record sized silver hoard.

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What is Silver Used For? | SILVER INDUSTRIAL USES

What Silver Used in? Industrial silver uses

We humans have been mining silver for over 5,000 years. 

Unlike gold, silver has not often been too costly to either lose or aggregately waste trace supplies of it in cumulative large un-recycled amounts.

In other words, often we humans have thrown silver away in non-recycled trace amounts used industrial or electronic applications. Take a look at just how many things, use physical silver today.

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Gold dollar vs Greenbacks: Civil War and After

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Every 50 years over the last century and a half, market forces have given the US government a full gold accounting by her Official US Gold Reserves.

The following is a similar gold accounting for runaway deficit spending which occurred beginning with the US Civil War through the late 1870s. The original greenback fiat currency was born during the United States Civil War period in the 1860s. It was used by the United States' Union to finance the Civil War effort as they ran out of gold bullion specie coin. Here we examine how that fiat currency performed: greenbacks vs gold dollars.

In this historic episode, gold dollar coins did the accounting work for fiat greenback notes. While silver was demonetized ajusting this monetary assistance for many decades to follow.

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