Characteristics of silver

  • One of the noble metals
  • Lies between copper and gold as one of the smallest metals
  • Best conductor of heat and electricity of all the metals
  • Softness and relative rarity mean that it hasn't been put into widespread use
  • Doesn't oxide readily when heated
  • Won't dissolve in most mineral acids
  • Treasured since ancient times
  • Considered a precious metal
  • Reacts with polluted air to form sulfide
  • Rare element
  • Dissolves in solutions of sodium, potassium, cyanide, and other substances
  • Has reflecting properties
  • 47 protons and electrons
  • 61 neutrons
  • Symbol is "Ag"
  • Atomic number is 107.9
  • Distinctive colors
  • Free metal
  • Discovered after copper and gold
  • One of the most ductile and most malleable metals
  • Easily extracted from ores
  • Transition metal
  • Reacts to sulfur
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Wanted for:

  • Spoons, forks, knives, etc..
  • Coins
  • Jewelry
  • Photography
  • Photographic film
  • Fraud

First arresting officer

Ancient people whom date back to 4000 B.C have been reported as the founders of the element because it is mentioned in ancient texts. Found in a native state.

Report of first of arrest

This element was discovered back in 4000 B.C after gold and silver. Most likely found by "mining" and its bright color.

Last seen...

The last time the element silver has been seen with transition metals, inside Earth's crust and also in seawater.

Known associates

Silver doesn't react with oxygen and most acids at room temperature. It does however have a slow reaction with sulfur. With sulfur, it forms a black coating on the metal of silver sulfide. It also reacts with polluted air to form sulfide.


In silvers pure form, isn't dangerous or generally stable, but when used in silverware, can be sharp or dangerous.