Meet the world’s 10 biggest silver mines

Meet the world’s 10 biggest silver mines

Curious to know more about the 10 biggest silver mines in the world? Let’s go on a journey based on contained silver reserves through Mexico, the world’s biggest silver producing country, and Poland, among other countries.

1. Penasquito

Photo: Goldcorp

The world’s biggest silver mine by reserve is located in the north-eastern part of the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, and operated by Goldcorp.

2. Polkowice-Sieroszowice

Photo: Wikimedia

Located in the Legnica-Glogow Copper Belt of Poland, this mine is owned and operated by the state-owned mining enterprise KGHM.

3. San Cristobal

Photo: Minera San Cristobal

This silver-lead-zinc mine is located 500 kilometers south of the city of La Paz, in Bolivia, and owned by Minera San Cristobal.

4. Pitarrilla

Photo: Silver Standard
Photo: Silver Standard

The fourth biggest silver mine in the world is located in the State of Durango, Mexico. The deposit is owned by the Vancouver-based mining company Silver Standard.

5. Lubin

Photo: Wikimedia
Photo: Wikimedia

Located 347 km south-west of Warsaw, Poland, the fifth biggest silver mine in the world is one of the three mines owned and operated by KGHM in the Legnica-Glogow copper basin of Poland.

6. Rudna

Photo: KGHM

The third mine owned and explored by KGHM in the Legnica-Glogow copper belt of Poland.

7. Gumuskoy

Photo: Eti Mine
Photo: Eti Mine

Located in the Kutahya province of western Turkey, this mine, also known as the Eti Gumus silver mine, is explored by the Turkish state-owned mining company Eti Mine Works.

8. Fresnillo

Photo: Fresnillo

Located about 60km north-west of Zacatecas, in Mexico, the eighth biggest silver mine is one of the oldest in the world.

9. Antamina

Photo: Wikimedia
Photo: Wikimedia

The ninth biggest silver mine in the world is located 200 kilometers from the city of Huaraz, in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and explored by the Compania Minera Antamina.

10. Cannington

Photo: BHP Billiton

This underground mine located in northwest Queensland, Australia, is actually the biggest silver producing mine in the world. The pit is owned and operated by BHP Billiton.