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Sterling Silver

What is Sterling Silver?

Sterling Silver is a quality standard for an alloy which combines fine silver with other metals. It contains 92.5% pure silver.

Silver alloys are classified in terms of parts per 1,000. In this millesimal system, Sterling Silver is
classified as 925 - that is 925 parts in 1,000 that are pure silver. Hallmarks on silver follow this
system and Sterling Silver is stamped with 925.

Pure, fine, or 999 silver is soft and easily damaged, making it less useful for circulating coins. Adding other metals hardens the material, making
it more usable without much apparent reduction to its bright attractive lustre. The remaining 7.5% of
Sterling Silver coins and bars is made up of other metals; commonly copper.

Silver has the chemical element symbol of Ag, from the Latin argentum. Like the other noble metals
gold and platinum, silver does not corrode but alloys such as Sterling Silver will tarnish.

Click here to view our Sterling Silver coins collection.


History of Sterling Silver
Silver is one of seven metals of antiquity that date back to prehistoric times - the others being gold, copper, tin, lead, iron, and mercury.

Some historians believe the term 'Sterling,' when referring to silver, is derived from the French word ' esterlin' , which was a Norman silver penny. There is definitive evidence that the term existed in the 12th Century when, to ensure standards, King Edward I ordered that all silver must be at least 92.5% pure.


Sterling Silver coins
Prior to 1920, British silver coins were minted from Sterling Silver. From 1920 the silver content was reduced to 50% and from 1947 'silver coloured' coins have been minted from a copper-nickel alloy (cupro-nickel) with no silver content whatsoever.

Unlike common currency, bullion coins are generally minted in fine, pure or 999 fineness. The value of bullion and numismatic or collectible coins depends on their silver content or collectibility, and is usually far greater than their pure face value. BullionByPost has a range of numismatic Sterling Silver coins from the UK and around the world. These range from Silver Pennies and Shillings to Crowns.

1658 Cromwell Shilling

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from £4,024.80


1708 Anne Crown - Fine

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from £341.04


1834 Shilling CGS EF60

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from £255.96


1931 George V Proof Crown CGS70

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from £530.16



Scrap Sterling Silver
BullionByPost will buy your scrap silver bars and coins, ranging between .500 silver, 925 Sterling Silver and 999 fine silver - all at market leading prices derived from the live market spot price.

We pay 100.1% of the market spot price for pre-owned silver bullion, and up to 88% for scrap sterling silver. This can be in the form of old coins or bars, or more commonly old and damaged jewellery.


Scrap Silver

Pre-owned silver


If we purchase a second-hand silver bullion coin or bar, in good condition, we may decide to sell this on at a reduced premium rather than process it as scrap. For customers looking for investment silver this provides a perfect opportunity to purchase a lower cost item with the same metal weight.

To view our range of pre-owned silver click here. If you have any questions about our Sterling Silver products please feel free to contact our customer support team at [email protected]