This Hill Tribe coin bead has been wire wrapped, adding another element of texture to this handmade bead. These silver coins are made by the Karen Hill Tribe in northern Thailand using traditional tribal methods passed down from generation to generation. Purchasing these Thai silver items helps sustain a traditional craft and provides the Karen people with a reliable source of income. The silver content in our Hill Tribes silver beads and pendants is typically 95-99%, even higher than sterling (92.5%). This higher silver content is softer and easier to shape into unique and wonderful styles.