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List: Top Ten Silver Mining Countries by Ounces Produced

Date: 2006

Source: Silver Institute

Base: All countries mining silver in the world ranked by gross production estimate based on reported payable metal.

Notes: The link above will take you to three tables containing the top twenty silver producers by country, company and individual silver mine. The statistics were originally adapted from the Silver Institute's 'World Silver Survey 2007' publication. Countries just outside the top ten include: Bolivia, Sweden, Indonesia and Morocco. The largest silver mine in the world is Fresnillo (in Mexico), owned by Industrias Penoles SA de CV. It produced 33.5 million ounces in 2006. The second largest is Cannington (in Australia) owned by BHP Billiton which produced 29.2 million ounces.

Country

Million Ounces Produced

Peru

111.6

Mexico

96.4

China

75.4

Australia

55.6

Chile

51.5

Poland

40.4

Russia

39.6

United States

36.7

Canada

31.2

Kazakhstan

26.1


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