There is a 600 year silver chart to be found here
GFMS Metals consultancy
1 metric ton of silver =
32,151 troy ounces.
1 troy ounce = 31.103 grams
(FT) the ratio of gold to silver in the earths crust – about 19:1
5/3/11 Funds led by well-known investors such as George Soros and John Burbank have been selling off their gold and silver holdings recently, helping fuel the metals' price falls, The Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday.
1/20/11 Sales of 1-ounce American Eagle silver coins have totaled 4,588,000 in January, heading for a record, according to data from the U.S. Mint. (too popular??)
1/21/11 China exported 1,575 tons of silver last year, down 58% YoY
9/9/10 Stanford researchers have developed a water-purifying filter that makes the process more than 80,000 times faster than existing filters. The key is coating the filter fabric – ordinary cotton – with nanotubes and silver nanowires, then electrifying it. The filter uses very little power, has no moving parts and could be used throughout the developing world.
7/6/09 (FT) India, the world's largest consumer of gold, faces a drop in precious metal imports after the government revealed plans to double import taxes on gold and silver
4/24/08 (Bloomberg) -- Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. reported developing a silver-based diesel exhaust catalyst.
9/20/07 Credit Suisse, raised its 12-month forecast for gold, silver and other precious metals because of supply shortfalls and a decline in the value of the dollar.
6/25/07 Peru said their silver production was down 11.4% YoY, and gold production was down 28% YoY. Peru is the worlds largest silver producer.
5/27/10 The Silver Institute said 2009 world mine production totaled 709.6 million ounces in 2009, up 4% YoY.
Fabrication demand totaled 729.8 million ounces, down 12% YoY.
4/3/07 Industrial consumption of silver, used in film, batteries and medical devices, grew 11 percent to a record 409.3 million ounces in 2005, GFMS Ltd. said.
Pyjamas and bed linen made with silver cloth are being trialled in a hospital to help combat the MRSA superbug.
05/24/06 The Silver Institute said that silver mine production totaled 642 million ounces in 2005, up 3.4% YoY. Total demand totaled 864.4 million ounces, up 3.0% YoY
5/8/06 Buffett's Silver On commodities, Mr Buffett said he detected speculative participation in the recent run-up in prices, particularly metals. He added that Berkshire had not benefited from the sharp rise in silver prices, in spite of at one time owning a lot of the metal."I bought it very early, I sold it very early. Other than that, it was perfect," he joked.
5/3/06 UBS said the uptake of Barclays' silver exchange traded fund is exceeding expectations and will likely reach and possibly exceed 100 million troy ounces within the first month.
Metals consultancy GFMS said identifiable inventories of silver have dwindled over the last 16 years from several billion ounces to less than 600 million ounces.
4/28/06 Over 1.9 million shares of the silver ETF traded on the first day. This, if you assume that no real flipping occurred, means that 19 million ounces of silver now call the ETF home.
4/27/06 A registration statement for the Silver ETF from Barclays Global Investors was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The trust is expected to trade under the symbol "SLV”, and should start trading Friday.
1/25/06 There is speculation that a decision may be nearing on a Barclays silver ETF.
12/13/05 J.P. Morgan said there continues to be a bull case for silver and it deserves to trade on a different outlook. All thanks to a growing number of industrial applications such as biocides, solar power, electronics and a potential ETF launch.
02/15/05 “The volume of physical disinvestment on price spikes has been lower than in the past. That is further evidence that private stocks of bars and coins have been depleted in the last couple of decades,” say market watchers.
12/15/04 Comex silver warehouse stocks were up 604,658 ounces at 103,881,360 ounces.
02/24/04 Does silver demand need slaking Warning: if you flush, fluster and curse when reading anything that is not unrestrained cheerleading for gold and silver, turn back now.
07/23/03 Breakout in December Silver, the highest close in over a year.