ElementSilver
SymbolAg
Atomic Mass107.8682
Atomic Number47
Name OriginsAnglo Saxon, siolfur = silver: Latin, argentum
Year DiscoveredPrehistoric
Discovered CreditsKnown to ancient civilizations.
RemarksSoft, malleable metal with characteristic silver sheen. Stable to water and oxygen but attacked by sulfur compounds in air to form black sulfide layer. Dissolves in sulfuric and nitric acid. Used in photography, silverware, jewelry, electrical industry, and glass (mirrors).
Diagnostic TestsEasily reduced on charcoal using a blowpipe or propane torch after roasting the sample forming a malleable silvery bead. Silver, along with lead and mercury form white, insoluble chlorides from aqueous solutions.
ReferencesEmsley, J., 1991; THE ELEMENTS : Sec. Ed., Clarendon Press, Oxford, 251 p.

Naturally Ocurring Isotopes :

Mass Nuclide Number Natural Abundance Half-life Half-life Unit Decay Mode Decay Mode MeV Decay Mode %
106.905092 107 51.84 % Stable
108.904757 109 48.16 % Stable

143 Minerals sorted by % of Ag (Silver) :

Silver100.00 %Ag
Allargentum98.87 %Ag1-xSbx(x=0.009-0.16)
Acanthite87.06 %Ag2S
Argentite87.06 %Ag2S
Aguilarite79.53 %Ag4SeS
Pearceite77.45 %Ag16As2S11
Argyrodite76.51 %Ag8GeS6
Chlorargyrite75.26 %AgCl
Billingsleyite73.85 %Ag7AsS6
Canfieldite73.50 %Ag8SnS6
Naumannite73.21 %Ag2Se
Cervelleite72.99 %Ag4TeS
Dyscrasite72.66 %Ag3Sb
Jalpaite71.71 %Ag3CuS2
Eugenite70.76 %Ag9Hg2
Stephanite68.33 %Ag5SbS4
Fettelite68.03 %Ag24HgAs5S20
Benleonardite65.74 %Ag8(Sb,As)Te2S3
Xanthoconite65.41 %Ag3AsS3
Proustite65.41 %Ag3AsS3
Embolite65.16 %Ag(Br,Cl)
Arsenpolybasite62.39 %(Ag,Cu)16(As,Sb)2S11
Luanheite61.73 %Ag3Hg
Arcubisite61.17 %Ag6CuBiS4
Antimonpearceite61.02 %(Ag,Cu)16(Sb,As)2S11
Mckinstryite60.96 %(Ag,Cu)2S
Tsnigriite60.87 %Ag9SbTe3(S,Se)3
Dervillite60.81 %Ag2AsS2
Polybasite60.35 %(Ag,Cu)16Sb2S11
Pyrostilpnite59.75 %Ag3SbS3
Pyrargyrite59.75 %Ag3SbS3
Selenostephanite57.99 %Ag5Sb(Se,S)4
Bromargyrite57.45 %AgBr
Stutzite56.98 %Ag7Te4
Uytenbogaardtite55.35 %Ag3AuS2
Stromeyerite53.01 %AgCuS
IMA2001-01050.16 %(Ag3Hg)(V,As)O4
Fischesserite47.69 %Ag3AuSe2
Lenaite47.34 %AgFeS2
Samsonite46.78 %Ag4MnSb2S6
Iodargyrite45.95 %AgI
Empressite45.81 %AgTe
Hessite45.81 %Ag2Te
Imiterite44.90 %Ag2HgS2
Paraschachnerite44.65 %Ag3Hg2
Kurilite44.48 %(Ag,Au)2(Te,Se,S)
Smithite43.69 %AgAsS2
Trechmannite43.69 %AgAsS2
Argentotennantite43.56 %(Ag,Cu)10(Zn,Fe)2(As,Sb)4S13
Geffroyite43.40 %(Ag,Cu,Fe)9(Se,S)8
Eucairite43.08 %CuAgSe
Penzhinite42.62 %(Ag,Cu)4Au(S,Se)4
Hocartite41.60 %Ag2FeSnS4
Cuboargyrite41.22 %AgSbS
Pirquitasite40.85 %Ag2ZnSnS4
Freibergite40.25 %(Ag,Cu,Fe)12(Sb,As)4S13
Schachnerite39.66 %Ag1.1Hg0.9
Stetefeldtite37.73 %Ag2Sb2(O,OH)7 (?)
Laforetite37.61 %AgInS2
Baumstarkite37.22 %Ag3(Sb,As)2SbS6
Miargyrite36.72 %AgSbS2
Miersite36.17 %(Ag,Cu)I
Aramayoite34.99 %Ag3Sb2(Sb,Bi)S6
Kutinaite34.81 %Cu2AgAs
Balkanite34.39 %Cu9Ag5HgS8
Sopcheite34.21 %Ag4Pd3Te4
Sternbergite34.16 %AgFe2S3
Argentopyrite34.16 %AgFe2S3
Petzite32.30 %Ag3AuTe2
Petrovskaite31.80 %AuAg(S,Se)
Tocornalite31.36 %(Ag,Hg)I (?)
Henryite29.74 %Cu4Ag3Te4
Danielsite28.31 %(Cu,Ag)14HgS8
Schapbachite28.31 %AgBiS2
Matildite28.31 %AgBiS2
Iltisite27.87 %HgSAg(Cl,Br)
Capgaronnite27.07 %HgAg(Cl,Br,I)S
Moschellandsbergite26.39 %Ag2Hg3
Amalgam26.39 %Ag2Hg3
Quadratite26.29 %Ag(Cd,Pb)AsS3
Chrisstanleyite25.36 %Ag2Pd3Se4
Sicherite24.56 %TlAg2(As,Sb)3S6
Toyohaite24.40 %Ag2FeSn3S8
Muthmannite23.87 %(Ag,Au)Te
Diaphorite23.80 %Pb2Ag3Sb3S8
Perroudite22.78 %Hg5-xAg4+xS5-x(Cl,I,Br)4+x
Bohdanowiczite22.72 %AgBiSe2
Laffittite22.49 %AgHgAsS3
Marrite22.19 %PbAgAsS3
Freieslebenite20.24 %AgPbSbS3
Borodaevite19.71 %Ag5(Bi,Sb)9S16
Argentojarosite18.94 %AgFe+++3(SO4)2(OH)6
Volynskite18.86 %AgBiTe2
Bideauxite16.21 %Pb2AgCl3(F,OH)2
Roshchinite15.28 %Ag19Pb10Sb51S96 or Pb(Ag,Cu)2(Sb,As)5S10
Mummeite14.29 %Ag3CuPbBi6S13 or Ag2Cu2Pb2Bi6S13
Furutobeite14.17 %(Cu,Ag)6PbS4
Argentopentlandite13.21 %Ag(Fe,Ni)8S8
Hatchite12.98 %(Pb,Tl)2AgAs2S5
Ourayite12.96 %Pb4Ag3Bi5S13
Andorite12.36 %PbAgSb3S6
Treasurite12.26 %Ag7Pb6Bi15S32
Kitaibelite11.74 %Ag10PbBi30S51
Benjaminite11.37 %(Ag,Cu)3(Bi,Pb)7S12
Schirmerite10.84 %Ag3Pb3Bi9S18 to Ag3Pb6Bi7S18
Eskimoite10.61 %Ag7Pb10Bi15S36
Makovickyite10.11 %Ag1.5Bi5.5S9
Novakite9.93 %(Cu,Ag)21As10
Hunchunite9.69 %(Au,Ag)2Pb
Larosite9.56 %(Cu,Ag)21(Pb,Bi)2S13
Gustavite9.51 %PbAgBi3S6 (?)
Vikingite9.18 %Ag5Pb8Bi13S30
Pavonite9.16 %(Ag,Cu)(Bi,Pb)3S5
Berryite8.91 %Pb3(Ag,Cu)5Bi7S16
Boleite8.88 %KPb26Ag9Cu24Cl62(OH)48
Ramdohrite8.80 %Ag3Pb6Sb11S24
Weishanite8.74 %(Au,Ag)3Hg2
Criddleite8.46 %TlAg2Au3Sb10S10
Aurorite8.12 %(Mn,Ag,Ca)Mn++++3O73(H2O)
Goldamalgam7.19 %(Au,Ag)Hg
Fizelyite7.16 %Pb14Ag5Sb21S48 (?)
Giraudite6.34 %(Cu,Zn,Ag)12(As,Sb)4(Se,S)13
Sylvanite6.27 %(Au,Ag)2Te4
Owyheeite6.24 %Pb7Ag2(Sb,Bi)8S20
Zoubekite6.18 %AgPb4Sb4S10
Uchucchacuaite6.07 %AgPb3MnSb5S12
Lengenbachite6.05 %Pb6(Ag,Cu)2As4S13
Cupropavonite5.97 %AgPbCu2Bi5S10
Cameronite5.90 %AgCu7Te10
Telargpalite4.82 %(Pd,Ag)3Te
Sterryite4.75 %Ag2Pb10(Sb,As)12S29
Rayite4.53 %(Ag,Tl)2Pb8Sb8S21
Wallisite3.39 %PbTl(Cu,Ag)As2S5
Crookesite2.87 %Cu7(Tl,Ag)Se4
Heyrovskyite2.84 %Pb10AgBi5S18
Petrukite2.84 %(Cu,Fe,Zn)2(Sn,In)S4
Paderaite2.76 %AgPb2Cu6Bi11S22
Sakuraiite2.54 %(Cu,Zn,Fe,In,Sn)4S4
Neyite1.63 %AgCu3Pb12.5Bi13S34
Felbertalite1.20 %Cu2Pb6Bi8S19
IMA2001-0330.60 %(Cu,Ag)Pb10Sb12S27(Cl,S)0.6O
Giessenite0.49 %Pb13(Cu,Ag)(Bi,Sb)9S28 (?)
Tintinaite0.49 %Pb22Cu+4(Sb,Bi)30S69