Unless you have a familiar and reliable source for purchasing silver, I would advise you not to just go and buy it from a random silver dealer. There are thousands of them literally. However, you may not get what you think you're buying. Not being paranoid nor pessimist but very real. There are various types of low quality silver here in Peru and all too often a foreign shopper is the best prey. I export 950 Sterling Silver to the US and know my way around the industry here. I have very reliable sources of quality products in gold or silver. If you'd like some guidance, I'd be happy to help guide you.