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Instead a newer, higher standard of 95.8% pure, was introduced.
New Assay Silver Hallmarks were ordered, utilising the initials of each silversmith, together with a figure of a woman known as Britannia and a lion’s head, replacing the lion (Passant) ie. Changing to the higher standard of 95.8% silver caused some controversy.
Silver products are usually made from an alloy of pure silver and a small proportion of a base metal such as copper to improve strength and durability.