Silver Timeline

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  • c. 635 BCE - 585 BCE
    Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.
  • 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.
  • 84 BCE
    Sulla mints new silver and gold coins to pay his army.
  • 1101 CE
    The unbyong (aka hwalgu) silver vases are first made and used as currency in Korea.