Which Silver Bar to Buy in Malaysia?

So that now you have decided to buy silver bars for your investment and yet you are stuck at another cross road.

“With so many types of silver bars in the market, which one should I buy”

Silver BarsTo answer the above question, it is best that we look into what’s available in our market. Not all silver bars are made equal. I have noticed a few particular brands are more popular here than others. Over the course of my own research, I have summarized that the following silver bars are among Malaysian’s favourites.

They are:

PAMP Suisse Bars – The Royce Rolls

PAMP Suisse Silver BarIf you must know, PAMP stands for Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux, which in French means artistic, precious metals products. With that alone, it’s worth the extra dollar. Not only is the PAMP Suisse bar one of the most popular bullion in the world, it is also one which carries a very high premium.

While a generic silver bar may sells at around 2-4 dollars above spot price, PAMP Suisse bars are sold at 20 dollars above spot price. They don’t call her the Royce Rolls of silver bars for nothing. Buy in bundles of 25s, and the ladies will come with a nice outer box.

… and that lady in the bar, her name is Lady Fortuna.

Official website: http://www.pamp.com

Scottsdale Silver Bars – The Stackers

Scottsdale Silver

Scottsdale Silver bars are easily recognisable by their distinctive lion logo on all their bars. They are made in USA with prefectionist manufacturing. Portion of their silver are recovered thru recycling activities from the photography and manufacturing industry.

Undoubtedly, “The Stacker” would be Scottsdale Silver’s signature product. Scottsdale Silver’s “The Stacker” stacks nicely ontop of each other making it easy, neat and space-saving for storage. Stackers come in various weight: “The Stacker (10oz)”, “The Kilo Stacker (1kg)” and “The King Stacker (100oz)”. All are authorized for use in IRA by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America and are ISO-9000-2008 certified.

Think IRA (Individual Retirement Account) as the American’s version of KWSP. Americans has the option to buy precious metals as part of their government backed retirement plan.

Official website: http://scottsdalesilver.com

Sunshine Bars – Your McValue Meals

Sunshine Silver BarIf you like American Eagle silver coin, you will definately loves the Sunshine bar. Sunshine bars are minted by Sunshine Mint, Inc in Idaho, North America. They are the primary supplier of silver blank to U.S. Mint, the maker of the popular American Eagle silver bullion.

If the U.S. Mint are minting using Sunshine Mint’s silver, there is no doubt that the quality of their silver are among the best.

Think of it as McValue Meals from American Eagle. You can also get the American Eagle on their silver bars, but instead of the American Eagle, it’s called the Silver Eagle!

Official website: http://www.sunshinemint.com

Silver Towne Bars – The Donkey Bars

Silver Towne Silver BarMany of our local sellers refer to them as Silvertowne, but in fact the brand consists of 2 words – Silver Towne. Minted by the Silver Towne Mint in Winchester, Indiana, Silver Towne silver bars are usually traded 1:1 with Sunshine silver bars. The minting company has more than 60 years of history and their silver bars are easily recognizable with a miner leading a donkey along emblem.

Official website: http://www.silvertownemint.com

Other Bars

There are plenty other brands available. These includes Engelhard, Johnson Matthey and Perth Mint among others. It would be difficult to cover all but I would periodically review more brands as time comes. It ranges from highly internationally recognized to some unpopular private mints. Each bar comes with it’s own pro and con.

So, which one to buy?

When it comes to investing silver bars, buy only those which are .999 fine silver. Anything else is not advisable. All of the above mentioned silver bars are .999 fine silver. These are easy to liquidate in our market via online auctions, classifieds or forums. It’s up to your personal preferences on which ones do you like. While I like the design of PAMP Suisse, I also love Scottsdale Silver’s stacking feature. Premium wise, Scottsdale Silver pricing are comparable with Sunshine and Silvertowne.

Personally, I prefer to buy silver bars which will bring out the most value from my Ringgit. PAMP Suise is an excellent product with one of the best designs in the world. However, with a premium of 10 times of the spot price over generic silver bars, I would have profited more from buying the latter. Using the premium, I could have accumulated more “Stackers” for my investment portfolio.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be purchasing the ladies. It would serve as a great trophy of achievement in my collectors box one day.

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There's 6 Comments So Far

  • Ben C
    July 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Where can one buy Silver in Malaysia?


  • kh
    July 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hi Ben C,

    Currently, the best way to buy low spot price investment grade silver is thru online from the States. You can refer to NIA’s recommendations to buy at this link: http://inflation.us/reviews/. Locally, you can do a quick search in google or auction sties such as lelong and ebay.


  • Ray
    August 7th, 2011 at 4:09 am

    you can check out http://www.tntsilver.com.my for malaysian minted silver bar. they are a new established minting company in malaysia. another option for purchasing silver bars.

  • KH
    August 7th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Ray, will check it out. Cheers.

  • selva
    April 9th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Where is the shop to buy silver? I live in BKT Jalil. Thank you.

  • KH
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Selva,

    You can consider buying from us. We ship nationwide. Our webstore is at this link: https://buysilvermalaysia.com

    Thank you.