The Origin of “Sterling”

Around 1225, the city of Lüberg near the Baltic sea began minting their coins with around 925/1,000 parts Silver and the rest copper to strengthen it. Traders from Lüberg used these coins to trade in London. The English Silversmiths liked this standard and so used it for their jewelry. As the Lüberg traders came from the East, the Londoners called these traders “Easterlings” and so the Silver alloy was called “Easterling Silver”, or for short, “Sterling Silver”.

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