Silver has been around for centuries, and there have been a number of impressive and noteworthy silver collectors in this time across Europe and the Americas.
The nineteenth and early 20th century were particularly popular periods for silver Canadian coins, and collectors were famous across the continents for the collections they kept.
With links to the art world and investing, collectors were influential and internationally known, even back in the nineteenth century. Alfred Pringsheim was a German mathematician based in Munich, who was an art lover as well as avid precious metals collector. He carefully purchased silver objects as well as paintings and other pieces of art and gathered over 100 pieces in his day which were very tastefully presented, often behind closed doors and shown to a few, select people.
After being stolen during the war by the Gestapo, the pieces were redistributed back to the Pringsheim family in the 1950s and are now spread across collections and museums around the world.