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: ASHM-413568
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base-silver radiate of Victorinus (AD 26…
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Record: ASHM-1B6413
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver radiate of Tetricus (AD 271-…
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Record: ASHM-1B1813
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver antoninianus of Salonina (AD
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Record: ASHM-84962E
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base-metal radiate of Probus (AD 276-282…
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