Silver is the whitest of metals, and next to gold the most malleable and ductile. Under the hammer, the continuity of its parts is not destroyed until its leaves are not more than the one hundred and sixty thousandth part of an inch thick; in this state it does not transmit light. Its specific gravity is 10.474. It continues melted at 28° of Wedgewood, but a greater heat is requisite to bring it into fusion. Its tenacity is such, that a wire of one-tenth of an inch in diameter will sustain a weight of 270 1bs. without breaking. Silver has neither smell nor taste; these properties, together with its brilliant whiteness, hardness and tenacity, eminently adapt it to the uses of the table; and when to these qualities is added its intrinsic value, its advantages as coin become obvious.