Silver

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Silver, Ag, 47, is a light silver-colored metal, silver is well known because it is a precious metal, doesn't corrode much, and similar to copper, it shows up pure in nature, so humans have been using it for quite some time.

You've probably seen or heard of silver in jewelry or older coins, it is popular for these uses for the same reason any metal is, being it's valuable, doesn't corrode very much, and is just pretty to look at, however it's also soft enough to be stamped and hammered into shape without cracking. Silver has fallen out of popularity in coins becuase a silver dollar would most likely be worth far more than a dollar, even if it was the size of a dime.

Silver is also an excellent electrical conductor, one of the best there is, but it isn't used for this very much because copper is less expensive, and gold corrodes much much less, some electronics still have silver-plated contacts though.

Silver also has good anti-bacterial properties, this was long thought to be a myth but it was later proven that any bacteria on a silver surface will absorb a tiny amount of silver, which will then clog a few vital systems in cells, and killing it quickly. However, it isn't very poisonous to humans because our cells don't live by themselves, so don't have the same workings as bacteria.

These are my samples!

Silver!

This is my personal (and very small) collection of silver, consisting of a few English and American coins, some miniature spoons, and some jewelry I found lying around. The English coins are only 50%, the american 90%, and the rest is sterling, which is 92.5%, so all in all there's probably less than an ounce of silver here.

Date added(year-month-day):20120511, sample number:104

Tags(Elements in sample):silver

Nickel-Free Nickels

These nickels, dated 1943-45, where made during the second world war when nickel was incredibly useful for armor plating, so the US government took all the nickel from the mint, forcing them to substitute with a mixture of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. After the war, it was realized silver was far too valuable for a 5 cent piece, so they took as many as they could out of circulation and melted them down for other uses.

Date added(year-month-day):20120511, sample number:103

Tags(Elements in sample):copper, silver, manganese

Silver Dollars

These are four beautiful 1920's silver dollars, given to me by a relative.. They weigh about an ounce each, making this small pile worth about $120 as of 2012. When tossed, they ring like no other coin!

Date added(year-month-day):20120229, sample number:99

Tags(Elements in sample):silver

Silverware

Silverware got its name because it used to be commonly made from silver, and this was the case because silver didn't corrode easily and was readily available about the time people stopped eating with their fingers. Little did they know, but silver is actually poisonous to bacteria as well!

Date added(year-month-day):20111130, sample number:89

Tags(Elements in sample):silver

Silver Dime

A dime, found in a pile of random change, dated 1964, back when US coins still had legitimate value... Today this is worth well over the original 10 cents, about $2.92 as of july 2011, being 2.5 grams of 90% silver and 10% copper.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:28

Tags(Elements in sample):silver

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