BEATEN SILVER (כֶּ֣סֶף מְרֻקָּ֞ע, beaten silver [RSV], silver spread into plates [KJV]).
Since ancient times men have known of the unusual malleability of silver. Phoenician colonies in the western Mediterranean area exported thin plates of hammered silver (
R. J. Forbes, Studies in Ancient Technology, Vol. 8, Metallurgy in Antiquity (1964).