Did you know that in 1980, 7 of these 100 oz. bars of silver could buy comfortable house? Silver at it's sustained peak was valued at about $45 / oz. It's now around $8 / oz. Will silver go up in value or will real estate prices will decline. Perhaps both will occur. Regardless, wouldn't you like to own some physical silver in the hopes of buying a house with it?

Rocky Mountain Coin has superb 'Silver 101' and 'Precious Metal Primer' pages that you will want to read.