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-10C1A6
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base metal radiate of Postumus (AD 260-2…
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Record: ASHM-A805A8
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver radiate of Gallienus (AD 253…
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Record: NLM-937BC4
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Base silver coin. Milled sixpence of Georg…
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Record: SUSS-92CB7F
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete, base silver, Roman radiate …
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