An English pound was originally the value of one Troy pound of sterling silver, hence the name: Pound Sterling.
Gold medals at the Olympics are only about six per cent gold. Most of the rest is silver.
Before the advent of digital photography, half the silver mined in the world was used in photographic applications. Now the figure is under 20 per cent.
It is frequently asserted that there is no English word that rhymes with 'silver'. That is untrue: a chilver is a ewe-lamb.