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Silver was first used as currency over four thousand years ago and its name is synonymous with the true value that can only come from a real-world commodity. Here we take a look at the history of this oldest of old-school currencies, explore how it is used today and let you in on the basics of making silver your own personal hedge against inflation. Silver was first coined between 700 and 600 BC and, during the height of the Athenian Empire (5 th century) the ‘drachma’ was established as the