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Is silver used in coins?

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Yes. Until the 1960s many countries of the world used silver in their coins. With the rising value of silver most , or probably all of them, have replaced the silver with other metals. Still, many countries use silver in special coins struck for coin collectors.

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Silver is used in coins!


The last silver coins in Canada in 1967. Since then other metals have been used to make Canadian coins.


Copper has almost always been used in silver coins, because pure silver wears out faster.


The Romans used bronze, silver and gold to make their coins.


Silver has been used in coinage ever since coinage was made. The earliest coins were made out of an alloy of silver and gold. Silver, along with gold, have been used for coins ever since coinage was made in 700 BC or so.


Coins are not usually silver these days. Since the 1960s they have been made of copper and nickel. Silver coins from before 1965 in the US were 90% silver. Foreign countries have used anything from 40% to 92.5% silver in their coins, but to my knowledge, no one has used pure (100%) silver in currency.


Silver is used in industries cars explosives coins and buildings.


in the US silver coins were last used in 1964, the reason behind the overhaul of coins of which several were heavily made with silver, was available quantities of this precious metal were rapidly decreasing and keeping up with demand for new coins increasingly difficult


Silver and gold were the materials of the first coins produced - they have been used as such for several thousand years.


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Of course. And "coin silver" only refers to the US standard of 90% pure silver coins. Most other countries (especially in the British empire) used to use sterling silver. Coins have used many different alloys, for example, post WWI Canadian coins are 80% silver, silver UK coins dated 1920-1946 are 50% silver, some ancient "silver" coins are known as billion coins and they contain very little silver, and Mexico issued a 1 peso coin in the late 1950s and 60s that was only 10% silver!


silver and clad(clad is a mix of silver and copper).


Roman coins came in gold, silver and copper. In the earlier days there were also coins in bronze and brass.


The silver used to make predecimal British coins could have been mined anywhere in the then British Empire. A lot of silver was also acquired from raids on Spanish ships.


1964 was the last year for 90% silver coins and 1970 was the last for 40% silver coins. Special Bicentennial (1776-1976) collectors coins were made in 40% silver. From 1992 to date proof collectors coins have been struck in 90% silver.


Silver is a type of metal. It is used for jewelry, utensils, coins, and much, much more!


"Pure" silver coins were never minted in Britain. The closest to pure silver used in coins is sterling silver which is 92.5% silver usually alloyed with copper. Sterling silver coins were last issued for general circulation in 1919 and 1920, beyond 1919/1920 the coins were debased to 50% silver. The Royal Mint still produces Proof and bullion coins (not for general circulation) which are made from sterling silver, but this is reflected in the price you pay for them.


Because silver is far too expensive. Coins used to contain silver until about 1920 in the UK, 1965 in the U.S., and 1968 in Canada. Since then they are made from a mixture of copper and nickel, so they really aren't called "silver" coins anymore.


It depends on what combination of coins are used


The element silver is used for Jewelry, silverware, etc. It has also been used in many coins around the world.


Older coins were made of different metals, such as silver or copper. Coins that used to be silver are now nickel or nickel-coated copper, and coins that were copper are now copper-coated steel or zinc.


Predecimal Australian coins up to 1936 were 92% silver coins after that were 50% silver to 1963 except for the 1966 50cent it was 80% silver Not including The mint relases of 100% silver coins Hope this helps. U.S. coins from that time were 90% silver, 10% copper.


They used gold, silver and bronze coins.



All coins come from a mint. Casino coins are sometimes solid silver.



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