Coin silver is silver tableware manufactured in America from the early colonial period to just after the Civil War. The silver for these items came from European coins, which guaranteed the purity to be roughly 90% pure silver. Coin silver is interesting to collect, as it was hand made by local silversmiths in each major town and city. As the population was considerably smaller at the time, and there were fewer people able to afford objects created in silver, the chances are good of coin silver items to have been owned by a person of historical significance. Although it is almost impossible to ascertain the original owner in most cases, it sure is fun to guess from the initials engraved, as most coin tableware was monogrammed for the person or family who purchased the items.