was, by the ancient alchemists, called Diana or the Moon.
The Frenchman employs the word silver to designate
money, the wealthy Englishman uses the word gold, and the poorer
old Roman brass (aes).
Silver and gold articles
are marked with five marks: the maker's private mark, the standard
or assay mark, the hall mark, the duty mark, and the date mark. The
standard mark states the proportion of silver, to which figure is added
a lion passant for England, a harp crowned for Ireland, a thistle for
Edinburgh, and a lion rampant for Glasgow. (For the other marks, see Mark.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894