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|Sterling silver is .925% silver and fine silver is .999% pure silver, so in collecting silver coins and jewelry, this is important in determining its value. In collecting objects that have applied silver, the word sterling will be found on any American silver dating after 1860. Early American silver is quite rare and is usually marked with only the makers name or initials. Silverplate will have the maker or company name and often includes language such asA1 or quadruple plate.
Silver Ingots are a special interest of mine. Back in the early 1970s and continuing for a decade, The Franklin Mint famously produced an annual Proof Sterling Silver Christmas Ingot of 1,000 grains fine silver (2.08 ounces). In 1974, a 500 grains (1.04 oz) ingot was added to the annual issues bearing the same design as the larger ones.
We offer two silver ingots in our online store, one in the 1000 grains of fine silver and one in the 500 grains of fine silver, with beautiful Christmas scenes sculptured on each. Check them out! http://grandmastreasu.....gory/20_50
To read more about collecting silver you can read my blog: http://www.collectibl.....ollecting/
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