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: NARC-44BC48
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A complete base silver Radiate of Gallienu…
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Record: IOW-B29D38
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: An incomplete base silver coin, possibly a…
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Record: BERK-1A3A88
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman silver radiate of Gordian III …
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Record: BERK-F332E5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A worn base silver radiate of Gallienus…
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