Can silver be used as a currency?

Ever wanted to know if silver can be used as currency? Get up-to-date information and reliable answers to your bullion and precious metals related questions here at ModernCoinMart's Complete Bullion Resource Center.

Like gold, silver also has an extensive history of being used as a form of currency. Throughout the centuries, however, silver has been used less and less as an accepted form of currency. Despite this decline as a currency, silver remains a popular investment asset and an industrial necessity used in electronics, medical equipment, and more. Collectible silver coins issued by sovereign nations do carry a face value and are considered legal tender. However, in most cases, the coin’s silver content and other factors drive its value well above its stated denomination.  

Though it’s more commonly used in industrial applications, silver still carries monetary value based on its spot price. Like gold, silver can be exchanged or sold for any number of different currencies. Silver’s spot price has historically been more affordable than gold, making it an option for those looking to begin diversifying their investment portfolios with precious metals.

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