Silver is a precious metal, less expensive than gold. Silver has been used for centuries as money. Silver comes in coins and bars. The US MINT does NOT manufacture bars. Houston Gold Merchants sells silver bars and silver coins. When you buy silver, it will come in one of three forms:

  • SILVER COINS .999% PURE (American Silver Eagles or others)
  • BARS .999% PURE (Johnson Matthey, Englehard or others)
  • SILVER COINS .900% PURE (also called “JUNK” Silver)
  • To see available silver for purchase, click here

Bars come in many different sizes and brands. You will see silver bars in 1oz, 5oz, 10oz, 1 Kilo, or 100oz sizes.

Coins typically come in 1oz sizes, but you may see 5oz rounds or even 10oz rounds.

Some coins are minted, such as the American Silver Eagle or the Canadian Silver Maple. You will see other silver coins that are called “rounds” and they do not have a face value. But all rounds and Eagles or Maples will still contain 1oz of 99.9% silver.


Coins – US Silver Eagle, Mexican Libertads, Canadian Maple Leafs, all of which are available at Houston Gold Merchants.


libertads are available at houston gold merchants silver canadian maple leafs are available at houston gold merchants American silver eagles are available from Houston Gold Merchants


The four most common types of bars are Johnson Matthey, Engelhard, Credit Suisse, and Pamp Suisse. These bars are sold with slightly higher premiums. Various silver bars are available at Houston Gold Merchants.



“Junk” silver contain 90% silver by weight. Junk silver was minted in the United States prior to 1965. These coins are now regularly traded at 20 times face value. They are exchanged at much lower premiums than pure bullion. Many investors perceive “junk” silver to be the best investment of any kind. It’s value will always be at least the “face”value of the coin. The US dime: It currently trades as high as $1.80 each, but will never be worth zero. So the investment is considered to have a built-in hedge. Junk silver and silver coins can be purchased at Houston Gold Merchants.

So grab your spare change and look for coins that were minted in 1964 or earlier! You may be sitting on silver and didn’t even know!

These three forms of silver account for 98% of our transactions and allow our customers to choose some less expensive options when considering precious metals.

Buying Silver from Houston Gold Merchants

Silver Prices

Location & Hours

2120 Welch St.
Houston, Texas 77019

MON – FRI: 10am – 5:30pm
SAT: 11am – 4pm

Please call for an appointment, walk-ins are discouraged.