Lately I discovered that Upper Tears is quite a good alternative for players who can't mine the Elysium mine yet. It's a level 4(+) area. The first beach you come across halfway down the river has about 10 silver nodes and a few easy barbarians. The respawn is not bad, so it will allow for about 40 silver an hour, and lots of nice goodies from the barbarians. The nodes don't spawn all at once, so some running around is needed. The downside is that some nodes are really hard to spot, especially at night! Ysold.