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#3580291 - 11/12/09 12:56 PM What does term "fine silver" mean?
Golden Oldie Offline
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I have some medallions that have the term fine silver on the edge. What % silver are these things?

Pat

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#3580325 - 11/12/09 01:05 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: Golden Oldie]
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Fine silver is usually referred to as pure silver, or 99.9 or similiar.....

However, that does NOT mean that jewelery with that on it is pure silver...it was also a marketing gimmick....

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#3581379 - 11/12/09 08:26 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: MorganMan]
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"Fine" silver or gold is .9999+ pure metal. "Proof" silver or gold is 1.000 pure metal.

Collectors commonly call coin silver ".900 fine" meaning that it is .900 silver and .100 alloy.

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#3581383 - 11/12/09 08:28 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: MorganMan]
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I have some medallions that have the term fine silver on the edge.


THIS MEANS IT IS 99.999% PURE SILVER

WHAT THE OTHER .001 IS I DONT KNOW
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#3582202 - 11/13/09 09:42 AM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: michael]
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Thanks for the info.
They are not jewelry, they are big heavy medallions that I bought back in the 1980s from an art gallery in Chicago.
I don't have a proper scale to weigh them but I'll see what I can jury rig to get approximate weight.

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#3583054 - 11/13/09 04:31 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: michael]
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 Originally Posted By: michael
I have some medallions that have the term fine silver on the edge.


THIS MEANS IT IS 99.999% PURE SILVER

WHAT THE OTHER .001 IS I DONT KNOW


\(\: The same .001 % stuff in Ivory soap probably ! lol

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#3583430 - 11/13/09 06:55 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: Coin]
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Fine silver does indeed reflect 99.9% purity, however, "proof" does NOT mean 100% as far as I know.

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#3583543 - 11/13/09 08:00 PM Re: What does term "fine silver" mean? [Re: gold_fever]
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For assayers at the US Mints and Assay offices, "proof" gold or silver was certified 1.000 fine. This is mentioned hundreds of times over many decades of operation.

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