Silver Timeline

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  • c. 5000 BCE
    Electrum (gold and silver alloy) used by the Egyptians in jewellery.
  • 609 BCE - 560 BCE
    Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.
  • 600 BCE - 550 BCE
    The silver stater coin of Calymna in Caria depicts a tortoise shell lyre on its reverse side.
  • c. 550 BCE
    The silver drachma of Delos depicts a lyre - symbolic of Apollo - on its reverse side.
  • c. 211 BCE
    A new system of Roman coinage is introduced which includes the silver denarius.
  • c. 157 BCE
    There is a boom in the production of Roman silver coinage, in part thanks to the acquisition of silver mines in Macedonia.
  • c. 141 BCE
    The Roman bronze as coin is devalued so that now 16 as equal one silver denarius.
  • 84 BCE
    Sulla mints new silver and gold coins to pay his army.
  • 408 CE
    Alaric I the Visigoth besieges Rome. As ransom, Rome pays 5,000 pounds of gold, 30,000 pounds of silver, 4,000 silken tunics, 3,000 hides dyed scarlet, and 3,000 pounds of pepper.
  • 720 CE - 721 CE
    The silver miliaresion coin is introduced in the Byzantine Empire by Leo III.
  • 876 CE
    Viking raid of 100 ships loot region of Rouen, only leaving once Charles the Bald pays them 5,000 pounds silver.
  • 1101 CE
    The unbyong (aka hwalgu) silver vases are first made and used as currency in Korea.

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5000 BCE: Electrum (gold and silver alloy) used by the Egyptians in jewellery.
 
 
609 BCE - 560 BCE: Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.
 
 
600 BCE - 550 BCE: The silver stater coin of Calymna in Caria depicts a tortoise shell lyre on its reverse side.
 
 
550 BCE: The silver drachma of Delos depicts a lyre - symbolic of Apollo - on its reverse side.
 
211 BCE: A new system of Roman coinage is introduced which includes the silver denarius.
 
157 BCE: There is a boom in the production of Roman silver coinage, in part thanks to the acquisition of silver mines in Macedonia.
 
 
141 BCE: The Roman bronze as coin is devalued so that now 16 as equal one silver denarius.
 
84 BCE: Sulla mints new silver and gold coins to pay his army.
 
408 CE: Alaric I the Visigoth besieges Rome. As ransom, Rome pays 5,000 pounds of gold, 30,000 pounds of silver, 4,000 silken tunics, 3,000 hides dyed scarlet, and 3,000 pounds of pepper.
 
 
720 CE - 721 CE: The silver miliaresion coin is introduced in the Byzantine Empire by Leo III.
 
 
876 CE: Viking raid of 100 ships loot region of Rouen, only leaving once Charles the Bald pays them 5,000 pounds silver.
 
 
1101 CE: The unbyong (aka hwalgu) silver vases are first made and used as currency in Korea.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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