What does a 1960 quarter have to do with plastic syringes? At first glance, nothing. However, looking closer at the production of both products shows a strong reliance on silver. Quarters manufactured up until 1964 were made of a silver alloy, until the value of the coin itself began outweighing the value that it represented.
Today, silver is popularly used in the production of jewelry, electronics, and photography equipment. However, it also plays a major role in the production of industrial chemicals, including Ethylene Oxide.