Did you ever wonder where the idea to throw coins into water and make a wish came from? Back in Roman times, it was not uncommon to put pure silver coins into wells, in order to disinfect the water. For thousands of years, silver has played a role in safeguarding human health. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties, and the Phoenicians used to store water, wine, and vinegar in silver bottles to prevent spoiling. In this article, even the term “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” is not a reference to wealth, but health.