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Silver Its History and Romance (Classic Reprint)

Silver Its History and Romance (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Silver Its History and Romance

It is a common observation that we really know very little of the things with which we are most familiar. This book is written to remove the reproach as regards one of them.

It is not given to everyone to be born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but from infancy to old age silver has entered into the life of man and has profoundly affected his destiny. The ultimate origin of the word is shrouded in the mists of antiquity. We do not know whether silver was first desired for its beauty or its use. We cannot tell at what period it passed into money. What we can assert with confidence is that at an early stage in the history of mankind silver came into use as a medium of exchange, and in the whole course of a long uphill march of civilisation no step more momentous or more pregnant with consequence to the human race was ever taken than the advance from a state of barter to a money economy.

Originally, silver passed from hand to hand by weight, as when Abraham weighed to Ephron four hundred shekels of silver, 'current money with the merchant,' as the price of the field and cave in Machpelah. It passes by weight in China to this day.

At a later stage it was found convenient to cast the silver in the form of rods from which pieces of a size appropriate to the value of the payment desired could easily be cut.

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