Details for Base Silver

Use only for coins. Use 'base silver' where you don't feel happy with either 'silver' or 'copper alloy'. Most base silver coins will be 3rd century. Use also for coins described as 'billon'.

Base silver generally contains a lot of copper, and is not distinguishable by eye from any other copper alloy.

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Linked data

British Museum URI: 11729

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Record: BM-09B1F3
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver denarius of Severus Alexande…
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Record: CORN-E29EC2
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: Base silver or billon South Western uninsc…
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Record: LON-216EAC
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Description: An Early Medieval base silver styca of Ean…
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Record: LANCUM-4F2507
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
Description: A worn and badly chipped base silver (bill…
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