609 BCE - 560 BCE
Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.
c. 550 BCE
The silver drachma of Delos depicts a lyre - symbolic of Apollo - on its reverse side.
c. 211 BCE
A new system of Roman coinage is introduced which includes the silver denarius.
c. 157 BCE
There is a boom in the production of Roman silver coinage, in part thanks to the acquisition of silver mines in Macedonia.
Sulla mints new silver and gold coins to pay his army.
The unbyong (aka hwalgu) silver vases are first made and used as currency in Korea.