Determination of the silver content of ancient silver coins by neutron activation analysis

Rolf Rosenberg

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A reactor neutron activation analysis procedure for the determination of the silver content of silver coins is described. The samples are irradiated for 1 s, cooled for 85 s and measured for 60 s with a Ge-detector. The analysis is based on the measurement of110Ag and108Ag. Aluminium is used for flux monitoring and pulse pile-up correction. A calibration curve is prepared by irradiating and measureing a series of discs with known silver contents. An average precision of ±2.1% is obtained. The analysis of coins with known silver contents shows good agreement with the given values. The analysis time is 2.5 minutes per sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171 - 176
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


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