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A brief evolutionary history of silver

From coins and jewelry to EVs and solar panels, silver adapts Metal Tech News – April 7, 2021

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 3:13pm

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Until the advent of affordable cameras at the dawn of the 20th century, silver was primarily considered a monetary metal and coins were a large driver of demand for nearly 4,000 years.

Typically thought of as a glimmery precious metal used to make coins, bullion, jewelry, and other shiny objects, silver's true value lies in more industrious properties that make it invaluable to high-tech applications such as solar panels, electric vehicles, and 5G networks.

"Silver demand has evolved from a monetary ornamental use, to photographic, to digital, and now to energy," Hecla Mining...



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