Is Silver a Metal?

A common question in regards to Silver is whether or not it is a metal, non-metal or metalloid. We know from science class that Silver is an element and there are ways to classify elements based on where they are found on the periodic table, but how do we know if it is a metal or not?

Metals are defined as elements that are conductors of heat, are malleable (that is, able to be hammered or cured into various shapes and sizes) and are ductile. With that definition in mind, is Silver a metal? All of those properties fit Silver, classifying it as a solid metal. Silver is considered by many as the world's most abundant metal. Many elements found within the periodic table are metals, while others are defined as non-metals or metalloids, elements that have features of both a metal and non-metal.

Of all the metals in the world, Silver has the highest level of electrical conductivity and reflectivity. It is also one of very few elements and metals that appear both in its natural form and as an alloy with other metals. Silver can be found in virtually all parts of the globe. For years, metal was defined as a substance that can be shaped into items, but that definition fails to incorporate the chemistry involved that truly makes a metal a metal. Without the conductivity features of metal, the definition of any “substance that can be shaped” falls apart. The conductivity parts of Silver make it a unique element and one that has been highly coveted all over the world.

Silver as a Commodity and Currency

For more than 4,000 years, Silver has been used as currency and trading pieces. That trend continues today because Silver contains intrinsic value. This Precious Metal is more abundant than Gold and is diverse because it can be found in its natural form or as an alloy with other metals. This property provides flexibility as to what Silver can do, such as being shaped to form coins and bars.

Silver as currency has always been popular, with some countries having used Silver as their sole currency. While there are many uses for Silver, it remains an abundant and valued metal for people all over the world.

Purchase Silver through APMEX

Precious Metal collecting has become popular, creating a scenario in which Silver has been in higher demand. Experience what people from all over the world have done for more than 4,000 years with Silver. A widely popular item is the Canada 1 oz Silver Maple Leaf, considered one of the most beautiful Silver coins in the world. Another popular option is the 5 oz APMEX Silver bar. The American eagle design adds a unique and iconic beauty to the Silver bar. If patriotic themes are what you desire, there is also the 2015 5 oz Silver ATB Saratoga National Park coin, featuring a representation of one of the turning points of the Revolutionary War. Silver is a great commodity and currency to invest in because of its diversity as a metal. At APMEX, there are several Silver options to choose from perfect for investors and collectors of all levels.

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