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The name only became commonplace in the 13th century. Stars and starlings both appeared on the minted pennies or "sterlings", but no one knows if either gave their names to the currency.
The easterlings, or early medieval merchants and moneychangers, are another possible source of the name.
COIN, DOLLAR, and STANDARD were usually American terms, but some Irish makers also used them.
The words quadruple, triple, double, EPNS, and EPWM indicate that the ware is silver plated. If a piece is not American, refer to the sources abut English or Continental silver.
London, for example, used only a-u, Chester used the entire alphabet, and both omitted j.
Other lists include silver-plated wares and pewter. Four or five small pictorial marks usually indicate England as the country of origin. Become familiar with the English king or queen’s head mark as an indication of age. Silver was stamped with a lion for London, a thistle for Edinburgh. A hand indicates Antwerp, a spread eagle Germany or Russia.
If the king’s head faces right, it was made before 1850. The word STERLING indicates Ireland as well as America.
Strangely, though, the name "sterling" took a while to appear.
The first mention - "sterilensis" in 1078 - is from the days of William the Conqueror, who also introduced the shilling - 20 to the pound - into his new kingdom.
Either way, the name stuck, linked to the meaning of "ster" in old German - strong, pure, stable, reliable, or excellent.