Today on Far Future History we present another exciting episode of the History Channel’s documentary series Big History.

This instalment of Big History explores the role silver has played in the history of our planet and in human history.



At critical moments in history, our second place metal was the most important metal on Earth. Big History reveals how silver's place in our minds was determined by the heat of exploding stars, and how this one metal saved democracy, gave us the dollar, and had a secret power to connect the world.




Spanish dollar: The Spanish dollar was the coin upon which the original United States dollar was based, and it remained legal tender in the United States until the Coinage Act of 1857.


An effort to make Big History available worldwide is being funded by philanthropist Bill Gates. David Christian has named this effort the Big History Project.






This episode of Big History is available through Amazon Instant Video.

Big History ~ Silver Supernova

Big History S01E16 Silver Supernova by costello74
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