Old silver coin with an image of an owl.

Silver: A short (and ancient) history

Silver is the lightest coloured precious metal. There is uncertainty,, but it seems that silver was first mined around 3000 B.C. in Anatolia (modern day Turkey), and was already regarded as a precious resource in the civilizations that flourished in the Near East, Crete, and Greece.
Since then, silver manufacturing has been used in creating utensils and jewellery, as well as in currency. In fact, silver has been used as money more than any other metal. Remarkably, in ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe, silver was often more valuable than gold, perhaps due to its rarity and very high reflective quality.

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