by Charlotte McLeod, Silver Investing News:
Silver mining is widespread among countries around the world, from South America to Asia and Africa. The white metal finds value as both a precious – used to make jewelry and coins – and industrial metal – used in cellphones and solar panels. What some investors might find interesting is that silver is produced by and large as a by-product of metal, mined alongside other commodities like copper, lead and zinc, rather than coming from primary silver production.
According to The Silver Institute, global silver production increased to 787 million ounces in 2012. Below are the 10 countries with the greatest production that year.
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