Although among the precious metals, gold has the most fans, but silver plays an important part in history, from medicine and its role in health to photography and even religious ceremonies.
Viewing the previous articles of Sun Nafissi magazine about silver and health and the history of its evolution is not without grace.
In this article, we decided to take a look at some interesting facts about silver that you may not know:
1. Silver is the most reflective metal.
Silver is super shiny! Polished silver reflects 95% of the visible light spectrum, making it the most reflective metal. For this reason, many mirrors are covered with it. The reflective properties of silver are also used for objects such as telescopes, microscopes and solar panels.
2. Mexico is the largest producer of silver.
Mexico is the largest producer of silver in the world and has maintained this lead for several years. In 2017, the country produced 5,600 tons of this metal. Peru is the second producer of silver after China.
3. The word (silver) is a fun word for many reasons.
Can you find a word in English that rhymes with silver? The answer is negative. The word silver is known as one of the English words without rhyme. Also, the words “silver” and “money” are the same in fourteen or more languages.
4. Silver, ancient and among the first
Silver is one of the first five metals ever discovered. Silver objects have been found that date back to 4000 BC. Silver was the first metal used as currency and in ancient Egypt its value was higher than gold!
5. It is good for your health.
You may have heard the saying that “so-and-so was born with a silver spoon in his mouth” and most of us take this to mean that the person is rich. But did you know that the term originated as a way of saying <a person never seems to get sick>? Because of silver’s germicidal properties, in ancient times children who were fed with silver spoons (often from wealthier families) tended to have healthier babies.
6. Silver was widely used in currency
The first American silver coin dollar was minted in 1794. Some experts say that this was the first silver dollar that was minted in the world. One of these dollars was sold at an auction in 2015 for about 5 million dollars. Coins minted in the United States before 1965 are composed of about 90% silver, and Kennedy half dollars minted in the United States between 1965 and 1969 contain 40% silver.
7. Silver is the highest thermal conductor among the elements
Of all the elements, silver is the best electrical conductor and is actually used as a standard by which other conductors are measured. On a scale of 0 to 100, silver ranks 100 in terms of electrical conductivity. Copper is ranked 97th and gold is ranked 76th.
8. Silver can make it rain.
Copper iodide compounds have been used to fertilize clouds to produce rain and attempt to control storms.
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