There is no documented account on who discovered silver. Silver has been known since ancient times and is mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
The slag heaps found on the islands of Aegean Sea and Asia Minor indicate that silver was being separated from lead as early as 3000 B.C. Silver has been used for many years for ornaments, utensils, trade and as the basis of many monetary systems. For a long time, its value as a precious metal was considered second only to gold. It is found in ores of copper, lead, lead-zinc and gold in Peru, Mexico, USA, Poland, Serbia, Bolivia, Chile, China and Australia.