27 Jan 2015
The Royal Mint has revealed when the fifth coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen will be unveiled
The 'old right standard of the monies of the Silver of England'.
Silver – beautiful, durable, malleable – has been used to make coins for more than 2500 years. Early coins of Greece were struck in silver and Rome, too, had its denarius, the small silver coin which circulated throughout its vast empire. In Britain sterling silver pennies were first produced by the Anglo-Saxon Kings and in our time, silver – as fine silver, Britannia silver and sterling silver – remains a treasured metal, both for those who make coins and for those who collect them.
The selection here – silver bullion coins, silver Proof coins, silver Piedfort coins – are all beautifully packaged limited editions. All would make a precious gift of silver for someone special.
The chemical symbol for silver is Ag from its Roman name Argentum meaning ‘white and shining’ and its atomic number is 47.