Silver was discovered after gold and copper about 4000 bce, when it was used in in nature, usually in copper or lead mineralization, and by 2000 bce mining and from ores that have as their major metal value either lead, copper, or zinc.
Page. FIGURE 1. Map showing lead-zinc-silver deposits of eastern New Hamp- County, N.H., and at the Mascot mine in Gorham, Coos County, N.H. .. Hill, J. M., 1921, Gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc in the Eastern States, in U.S.. Geol.
Silver mining is the resource extraction of silver by mining. Silver is found in native form very rarely as nuggets, but more usually combined with sulfur, arsenic, antimony, or chlorine and in various ores such as argentite (Ag2S), chlorargyrite ("horn silver," AgCl), and galena (a lead ore often containing silver are copper, copper-nickel, gold, lead, and lead-zinc ores obtained from