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Deebo said he wouldn't know what silver from stainless steel... well me neither

is there a field test we can do when we are looking at gold and silver.. or white gold.
how do you know something is solid like a silver coin?

what yr did silver nickels turn cheap metal. should we know what yrs they used silver. pls advise.:geek:
For US coins it's pre-1965
 

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The best way to test silver is with a neodymium magnet. It won't stick to the silver as if it is steel. Instead, the magnet will slide slowly down the piece of silver.
This is a nondestructive test, much better than using chemicals.
There are a lot of Youtube videos that will instruct you, and the magnets, also known as rare earth magnets, can be found on the internet, too.
And cheap. I found 100 for under $10 at amazon.

Amazon.com: rare earth magnets
 
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