GordianAppreciator101 Posted June 16, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 16, 2022 We all know about Silver coins, they've been used for thousands of years, even since the dawn of coinage. We all also know about Copper and Bronze coins. They're Silver's less popular cousin, having much less value overall. Then, what happens when the treasury runs out of silver for whatever reason and the government is left with only Bronze and Copper? (Definitely not stolen by government officials) Well... It's time to start washing those Coppers with some Silver. Let the people think nothing happened to the coins, even if the silver starts peeling off for some reason after several transactions. This said, ancient people often hoarded these Silverwashed coins, perhaps for times when there wasn't enough Silver even to hide the fact there was no silver. This means that many have arrived to our days with their silvering intact, left for us to marvel at the apparent lack of value, yet still valued by collectors! Post some of your favourite Fully or Partially silvered coins in this thread for everyone to enjoy! This one is my only fully Silvered coin. A deal found on Ebay. It shows Emperor Aurelian (270-275), one of the ancient masters of Silverwashing. On the reverse there's Sol Invictus, his primary God, with the inscription ORIENS AVG. The mint mark: SXXT, shows us where the coin comes from and its actual value from. In this case it comes from the Second Mint at Ticinum and it's valued at a 20:1 ratio (XX to I), showing that there was around 5% silver in the coin if counting the silvering layer shown in the picture. Truly, an improvement from previous emperors. What's your favourite Silvered coin? 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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