What is German Silver? There is actually no real silver in German Silver. It is a mix of copper, nickel, and zinc. It was used to make automobile parts in the late 1800s. By the early 1900s artisans had discovered it and started making pieces like this. A four piece coin holder that is shaped like a woman’s compact. It has a chain so it can be worn as a wristlet. This style of coin holder is getting very hard to find. It’s a little piece of history you can carry with you all the time.