Silver dating chart
The silver price softened throughout the year, largely because of continued Chinese government sales and ongoing private disinvestment.
In 2001, silver prices averaged .37 per troy ounce.
Hallmarking is not a legal requirement in many countries, but it is in Ireland.
By Irish Law, the standard of most gold, silver and platinum articles must be tested (known as assaying) at the Assay Office of the Company of Goldsmiths at Dublin Castle.
With an average price of .60 per ounce in 2002, silver recorded a 5% year-on-year increase over 2001.
Silver retained its characteristics as a precious metal, rising in value during periods of crisis last year.
Having established the legal standard of purity, the articles are stamped with a series of marks, known as Hallmarks.
Much stronger investment interest and the improved fabrication demand scenario, which picked up strongly from the third-quarter onwards, propelled the silver price to .97 per ounce at year’s end.Finding a rare date, mintmark or variety is not the only way to a valuable discovery in your box of old coins.