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The silver market - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of study

Silver is a chemical element (atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.87, symbol Ag ) that occurs in nature both in its native state and as a mineral. This lustrous white metal is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat, and is used in combination with other metals for : coinage, the manufacture of many items of laboratory equipment, electrical conductors and as a catalyst; many of its compounds have uses in photography and medicine...

The global silver market was worth $193.3 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach a value of $362.1 billion in 2027, with a growth rate (CAGR) of 9% over the period. Silver accounted for over 84.0% of global precious metals market volume in 2019. For a long time, the silver market has been regarded as a safe-haven asset with little regard for the French, but destined for a brighter future in the near future. In February 2021, for example, silver prices soared to a level not seen since 2013, confirming their upward trend throughout 2020.

This increase in value is due in part to the fact that industrial demand, which is unprecedented and likely to continue to explode in the coming years, is coming up against extraction that is becoming increasingly difficult and costly as the most accessible deposits have already been mined. Silver is therefore forecast to be one of the alternative investment solutions in 2021, which remains fairly reliable and has the advantage of being a non-taxable asset, unlike gold, which has already been subject to confiscation measures. This is mainly because silver is more difficult to mobilize, due to the lower value of silver coins, for example. European production accounts for just 3.5% of world production, which is concentrated in Mexico, Peru and China.

1.2 The global silver market: current situation and main characteristics

Several countries share the world's silver reserves, starting with Peru, which boasts the largest mining potential with ***,*** tonnes of unextracted silver, followed by Australia and Poland.

Countries with the largest silver reserves World, ****, in thousands of tonnes Source: ****

It is noticeable that countries with high mining potential do not exploit their ...

1.3 The French market

According to the Silver Institute, **.*% of French silver demand was for industry in ****. Assuming that this proportion is constant, it is possible to obtain an estimate of the French silver market by first calculating the industrial silver market in France, which corresponds to the product of demand and the average silver ...

1.4 International trade

The United Nations database for international trade includes several codes relating to silver. The most important in terms of total quantities imported and exported by France are shown in the following graph. The chart shows that France has a very substantial trade deficit in silver. Indeed, the country's silver exports are ...


2.1 The main outlets for silver

The Silver Institute's publications provide a breakdown of silver demand by sector, both worldwide and in France. In both cases, most of this demand comes from industry. However, physical investment accounts for a larger share of French demand than of global demand. Jewelry and silver account for a smaller share of ...

2.2 Industrial silver applications

Silver's physical characteristics make it the material of choice for a wide variety of industrial uses. The main areas of application for silver are as follows.

The electronics industry exploits silver's high conductivity (***) As silver is relatively resistant to the chemical activity of bases, mineral acids and alkaline salts, it can ...

2.3 Integrating silver into the manufacture of electronic components

Most silver used in French industry is used in the electrical and electronics sectors, notably in the manufacture of electrical contacts and catalysts. The French electronics sector therefore plays a major role in the use of silver in France. Indeed, the material's ductility (***), conductivity and malleability are characteristics that are particularly ...


3.1 Production

Today, mining is the principal means of meeting the world's demand for silver. Indeed, according to the following graph, over **% of the world's silver comes from mining production, ahead of recycling, which accounts for over **%.

Sources of world silver supply World, ****, in millions of ounces Source: ****

The following graph shows the ...

3.2 Recycling money

The supply of secondary silver is an important determinant of the silver market. Globally, the recovery of precious metals comes from the resale and remelting of jewelry, the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, the recovery of dental crowns, and so on.

Although France has not produced silver since the closure ...

3.3 Jewelry production and distribution


As we saw earlier, jewelry accounts for a significant proportion of silver demand in France. In fact, France is Europe's second-largest jewelry producer, having manufactured **.*% of European jewelry in ****, behind Italy.

Jewelry manufacturing in Europe Europe, ****, % (***) Source: ****

However, French jewelry manufacturing is experiencing a slowly declining trend, with a **% drop ...


4.1 Silver price trends

The following graph shows the evolution of the average annual silver price. The price of an ounce of silver depends not only on market supply and demand, but also on economic conditions.the price of silver has risen sharply since the turn of the century, peaking in **** at over $** per ounce, ...

4.2 Jewellery prices

The following chart shows the average price in different categories of so-called precious jewelry over the period January **** - December ****. While ***% gold is by far the most expensive jewelry category, with an average price of *** euros per piece that year, ***% gold jewelry averages *** euros.

Gold-plated and silver jewelry are the most ...

4.3 Selling money online

Numerous websites offer online money buying and selling. These sites offer the following forms of money:

French coins Monnaie de Paris Modern coins coins minted in Australia (***) coins minted in New Zealand minted in Canada Ingots Large volumes of silver (***)

The following table lists the prices of two French silver sales ...


5.1 Legislation governing silver and precious metals

The mining code was created in ****, taking over from the law of ****. Ordinance ****-** is currently in force. This code requires extractors to hold a mining title, which recognizes the holder's property rights. Several permits are required, from research to extraction, and a special procedure is needed to carry out extraction ...


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