Silver has a long history. Ancient cultures used silver for trade, jewelry, and crafts. Silver ore was first processed by the Chaldeans around 2500 BC as well as in Asia Minor (Turkey). In an effort to meet rising societal demand, ancient Mediterranean cultures eventually looked to silver deposits in modern-day Armenia.
Later, Rome exploited deposits from the Laurium mines in the Black Sea region. The Romans used silver and other metals for coinage. The Carthaginians looked to Spanish mines for their silver ore supply. Most cultures have valued that shiny metal known as “gold’s poor cousin.”