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How to Test for Fake Gold and Silver

How to Test for Fake Gold or Silver

How to Test for Fake Gold or Silver

Many precious metals investors like the idea of physical bullion because, unlike paper money, it is difficult to counterfeit. That said, when there is a will, there is a way. In recent years, there have been extremely concerning cases of gold counterfeit, and investors that are not fully prepared can get duped.

That’s why we worked with our friends at Silver.com to put together this handy infographic list of ways to test for fake gold or silver.

Some pointers that we think are particularly important:

  • Always buy from a reputable merchant. If you buy directly from something like Craigslist or Ebay, there are no guarantees that your product is authentic.
  • Mints are starting to fight back as well – some newer products have additional security features to prevent counterfeiting.
  • Know and understand how the different tests for fake bullion work, and use them to verify that your gold or silver is real.

Here’s also a video version:

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  • Parfumeur

    This is very nice. However, how do I print this as a reference without all the color. In B&W it’s black on black.

  • Suemarkp

    Something doesn’t seem right with the specific gravity best. Wouldn’t a bucket of water plus a gold or silver coin always just weight the sum of the two (or the weight of the coin if you zero the pan of water weight)? It seems to me you need to have a full pan and displace water when the coin is put in it. The volume of water displaced would match the volume of the coin. That missing water weight would match the specific gravity of silver or gold. Doesn’t seem like an easy test to do. You could measure the increase of water volume, but that is also not very accurate unless you have a large piece of gold or silver.

    • Kristen Weber

      The coin is “HUNG” into the water, not touching the sides or bottom. That’s why he had the fishing line on it. Watch it again.

      • Suemarkp

        That makes sense and will work. Didn’t see the video either — just the huge graphic at the top that I scrolled through.

  • Edwin Jater

    We are a company located in Nairobi Kenya,we deal in gold(AU) from Tanzania and Congo. Right now we have over 100 kgs available for sale, purity is above 97% and 23+ karats. Price is $29,000 a kg,we do CIF. If interested we may discuss more via [email protected].

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