How was silver viewed during ancient times? We all know from stories of people who have searched all their life for a land of gold, books telling stories of buried treasure, which was filled with gold. Yet I can't find many accounts where people put silver in high regard but reading history books shows me of silver having massive purchasing power and was a basis for large scale commercial trading. I read of people in history working long hours for a small lump of silver and yet today it is treated like trash (in Asia most people invest in gold, very very few in silver). You can see from a few movies how people ecstatically laugh upon finding large amounts of hidden golden treasure yet silver doesn't seem to have the same amount of impact. My question is, if you were given a bunch of silver during those times, would it have meant anything and would you be complaining if you were to discover a mountain of silver instead of gold like the Conquistadors did (from my knowledge, they found a lot more silver than gold)? What was it like back then to receive a bunch of silver coins/bars?