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Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum, derived from the Proto-Indo-European h₂erǵ: "shiny" or "white") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. The metal is found in the Earth's crust in the pure, free elemental form ("native silver"), as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a byproduct of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal. Silver metal is used in many bullion coins, sometimes alongside gold: while it is more abundant than gold, it is much less abundant as a native metal. Its purity is typically measured on a per-mille basis; a 94%-pure alloy is described as "0.940 fine". As one of the seven metals of antiquity, silver has had an enduring role in most human cultures.

Other than in currency and as an investment medium (coins and bullion), silver is used in solar panels, water filtration, jewellery, ornaments, high-value tableware and utensils (hence the term "silverware"), in electrical contacts and conductors, in specialized mirrors, window coatings, in catalysis of chemical reactions, as a colorant in stained glass and in specialised confectionery. Its compounds are used in photographic and X-ray film. Dilute solutions of silver nitrate and other silver compounds are used as disinfectants and microbiocides (oligodynamic effect), added to bandages and wound-dressings, catheters, and other medical instruments.

Silver Media

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Bronze jug handle

Bronze jug handle

The handle is decorated with acanthus leaves in low relief. On the lower attachment is a head of Medusa. The eyes of the Medusa are inlaid with silver. Imperial

Gold ring
Coi
Belt Hook
Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

Tetradrachm (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον, romanized: tetrádrachmon) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. In Athens, it replaced the earlier "heraldic" type of didrachms and it was in wide c... more

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great as Herakles

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great as Herakles

The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον, romanized: tetrádrachmon) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. In Athens, it replaced the earlier "heraldic" type of didrachms and it was in wide c... more

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great as Herakles

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying Alexander the Great as Herakles

The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον, romanized: tetrádrachmon) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. In Athens, it replaced the earlier "heraldic" type of didrachms and it was in wide c... more

Pin terminating in a male head

Pin terminating in a male head

Indus region or eastern Iran Parthian

Denarius (Coin) Depicting a Laureate

Denarius (Coin) Depicting a Laureate

The front of this coin depicts an inidentified man, facing right and wearing a crown of laurels.On the back, a soldier is shown on horseback and holding a lance.

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Augustus

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Augustus

The front of this coin portrays the emperor Augustus, facing left. On the back, a comet is depicted.

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Juno Sospita

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Juno Sospita

The front of this coin depicts the head of the goddess Juno, facing right. On the back, a bull charges to the right.

Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Nymph Amphitrite

Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Nymph Amphitrite

Obverse: Head of Amphitrite (?) right, in stephane and veil; behind, lotus-tipped sceptre and kraterReverse: Poseidon standing left, nude, resting on raised knee, right foot on Ionic column, bird on fulmen beside him

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Minerva

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Minerva

The front of this coin depicts the goddess Minerva, facing left and wearing a Corinthian style helmet.On the back, the goddess Victory rides in a chariot. She holds a palm branch in her left hand, while the rig... more

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma

The front of this coin depicts the goddess Roma, facing right. On the back, the mythological twins known as the Dioscuri are shown on horseback.

Stater Coin Depicting Pegasus Flying

Stater Coin Depicting Pegasus Flying

The front of this coin depicts the winged horse Pegasus flying right. On the back the goddess Athena faces right. Behind her is a cadueus, the type of staff typically associated with the god Hermes.

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the God Apollo

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the God Apollo

The front of this coin depicts the head of the god Apollo, facing right. On the back, the goddess Minerva is shown in a type of chariot called a quadriga.

Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting Poseidon

Hemidrachm (Coin) Depicting Poseidon

The front of this coin depicts the god Poseiden. On the back, a human figure rides a hippocamp, a mythological creature with the body of a horse and a fish's tail.

Obol (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

Obol (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Athena

The front of this coin depicts the goddess Athena, facing right. On the back, the mythical hero Herakles is shown strangling the Nemean lion.

Drachm
Sa Amulet
Belt Hook
Earring with paste setting

Earring with paste setting

Glass objects, Roman Empire.

Thread

Thread

Early Imperial

Silver cup