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Even more than gold, silver was the most important of the precious metals in the early modern period. Its outstanding significance was due to its use as a basis for the most important types of currency. In addition, it was used for cultic purposes – after the Council of Trent (1545–1563), the Catholic Church stipulated the use of silver to decorate tabernacles and other furnishings of the church interior –…

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Pfister, Ulrich, “Silver”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027514>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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