Key information
Atomic number: 
Atomic weight: 
10500 kg/m³
Boiling point: 
2483.16° K
Melting point: 
1233.96° K
Heat vapour: 
254.19 kJ/mol
Heat fusion: 
11.31 kJ/mol
Thermal conductivity: 
61.6 W/m/K
Specific heat capacity: 
410.39 J/kg/K

In appearance silver presents a pure white colour with a perfect metallic lustre. It is the most malleable and ductile of all metals with the exception of gold. Silver occurs in nature in ores and as a free metal; the chief ores are sulphides, from which the metal is extracted by smelting with lead. It has been mined since prehistory. Digital photography, has lead to the decline of a major traditional market for silver. At the same time global demand for silver remains high, for example in lead-free solder.

Electron Shell: 
Amazon Books
Image of Silver, Trade, and War: Spain and America in the Making of Early Modern Europe
Author: Stanley J. Stein, Barbara H. Stein
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (2000)
Binding: Hardcover, 368 pages