silver (Scope note)
The term silver-gilt refers to a base of silver to which a layer of gold has been applied. It can be recorded in the Description field. The Materials entered are 'gold' and 'silver' and the Technique entered is 'gilded'. For Greek and Roman coins historically referred to as billon or base silver, enter 'base silver' in Description, 'silver' in Materials and 'base' in Materials Comment. For Medieval coins, enter 'billon' in both Description and Materials. For any other objects made of base silver, enter 'base silver' in Description and 'silver' in Materials. .