Silver (ἀργύριον/argýrion, ἄργυρος/árgyros; Latin argentum) is a precious metal, which in Antiquity was extracted primarily by smelting silver-bearing ores of lead. Four different kinds occur naturally: 1. as pure silver; 2. as silver ore; 3. as a component of galena, the only economically interesting ore of lead; 4. in alloy with gold, i.e. as electrum (Elektron), in which the gold content can amount to less than 30 %. Pure silver is rare and its sur…
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Riederer, Josef (Berlin),
Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg),
Pingel, Volker (Bochum) and
Neudecker, Richard (Rome),
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