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: GLO-6CF279
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: Base silver penny of Edward VI (1547-1553)…
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Record: SOM-59CAFD
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A Roman base silver radiate of Salonina (A…
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Record: WAW-2B0D96
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver and possibly plated contempo…
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Record: SOM-B257E5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: IRON AGE
Description: British Iron Age slightly base silver (bil…
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