Silver, the malleable, durable and beautiful metal, has been used to make coins worldwide for more than 2,500 years. Early Greek coins were struck in silver, and Rome too had its denarius, which was circulated throughout its vast empire. In Britain, sterling silver pennies were first produced by the Anglo-Saxon kings.
Today, silver remains a valued and important metal, admired by collectors and appreciated by those who make coins. The chemical symbol for silver is Ag from its Roman name Argentum which means ‘white and shining.’ Its atomic number is 47. At The Royal Mint we use different types of silver for our coins, including fine silver and sterling silver and our ranges can include silver Proof and silver Piedfort coins.