The Silver Standard

How One Collector Found an "Affordable," but Still Shiny, Niche in Precious Metals

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"Time to get my feet wet. I'll buy them. In dollars that's only--around a mere million."

One can imagine that Stony Crowell never regretted his first plunge into the waters of silver collecting and that over the decades he probably assembled a truly historic collection of ancient and contemporary silver that, when donated to the museum at his university, might well have been worth more than two hundred million.

Thomas Hoving, a former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the author of False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes.

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