Looking at making a jump into getting some silver just to see where it goes, as well as a little SHTF investment. I checked yesterday and spot price in Canada was around $31. I see Canadian banks (the link I followed sent me to TD) sell physical silver; a 1oz bar for $40.15 and a 1/2oz round for $20.90. I do like the idea of the 1/2oz amount, I'd rather have 20 of those than 10 X 1oz pieces. Their silver is 999 fine.
I also see dealers selling certified Royal Canadian Mint silver, which is 9999 fine, for just under $42 for the 1oz coin. For a slight premium, is there any significant advantage to having the more pure (i.e. 9999 vs 999) silver?
I like the 1 oz vs. the 1/2 oz rounds or a 1oz bar. It is pretty much the standard, so if you have a canadian maple leaf round it is very common and can be easily priced. Imagine the price is very high and you are trying to sell your 1oz bar or exchange it with someone you don't know very well. In this way, Rounds are more easily identifiable, so are very easy to authenticate.
For bars 10oz is very good. The larger you go, generally the lower the premium.
Agree that it is best to buy your silver from dealers, not just for tracing, but generally they offer a slightly better price than TD bank.