Is Your Silver Fake or Real?

Do you have a silver necklace that you would like to have appraised, or an antique silver water pitcher that you're hoping to sell for top dollar? If so, you should conduct a bit of research before bringing it into a shop to find out whether your item is in fact real silver.

To begin, turn your item over and look for a stamp that reads “Sterling” or a number value from 800 to 950. As you will learn in this video, such a stamp indicates that your item is in fact silver and not simply silver plated. To find out how much silver it contains, simply divide the marked number by 10 so that you come to a percentage value between 80% and 95%.

Another simple way to find out how much your silver item is worth is to bring it into Coins of the Realm in Gaithersburg. You can learn about our appraisal services by calling us today at (301) 637-6220.

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  • Free storefront parking providing easy access.
  • Established in 1974 and still under original ownership and management providing decades of expertise in all aspects of buying and selling.
  • Financial Security – Since opening in April of 1974 every transaction of every size has been completed successfully without issue. Bank references available.
  • We provide accurate information in a professional no pressure environment allowing you to make sound decisions to sell, keep or buy collectibles and precious metals.