Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to Determine if Silver is Real

these are "Junk" silver coins and Bullion pieces -you wouldn't use this type of test on a Numismatic rarity -best to have an expert check it out. it may have a significant amount of silver but possibly some ferrous alloys as well. usually I let a small amount of the acid sit on the Silver plated test item for about 15 to 20 seconds, this gives the acid time to burn through the plating and give you a good result. A neodymium magnet is perfect for checking silver.Even without the chemical test it is easy to spot the difference in detail like the lack of points on the stars and lack / difference of detail on libertys dress and I am far from being an expert. Also the blue test color is caused by copper. The weight of the fake be different than a known real coin