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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British Museum URI: 11729

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Record: HAMP-EAC0DA
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A clipped and worn base silver post M…
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Record: LEIC-6D66C5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A base silver Roman denarius of Caracalla …
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Record: BH-68F0E6
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A plated silver denarius of Geta (AD 209-2…
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Record: NARC-5454C8
Object type: FINGER RING
Broadperiod: POST MEDIEVAL
Description: A complete base silver Finger Ring of late…
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