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Test the Worth of Your Silver and Gold

Is that old silver dish your grandmother gave to you actually a hidden treasure? Did you stumble across a gold coin that you think might be worth something? It’s all a possibility! You can test the worth of those metals at home to see if they are actually a goldmine or not (pun intended). You can perform these tests before deciding to bring them to us to have them appraised.

How to Test the Worth of Silver at Home

Look for Authentication Hallmarks

Authentication hallmarks are a stamp on the metal from the manufacturer. These stamps give you information like the purity of the silver, the manufacturer, and the date the silver was manufactured. Common hallmarks are 925 (sterling silver), 900, or 800.

Magnet Test

Real gold and silver are not magnetic. You can use a magnet to see if it is drawn to your items. If your items stick to the magnet, they are not real silver or gold.

The Ice Worth Test

Real sterling silver will melt ice exceptionally fast. Even when silver is at room temperature, it has high thermal conductivity. Place the supposed silver on the ice (or vice versa), and set another piece of ice by itself as a control. If the piece with the silver melts much faster, it is probably real silver.


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How to Test the Worth of Gold at Home

Acid Tests

You can buy home acid tests that consist of rubbing your gold on a test stone, and then dropping different acids on it. The acids come in correspondence with different gold karats. To test your gold, you drop the acid of the karat you think it is onto the gold. If it stays the same color, it is that karat. However, if it turns brown, it is a lower karat. If it disappears, it is not real gold.

Skey Tests

If you’d like a test that’s safer and still relatively cheap, you can also get a skey test from different online retailers. To perform this test, you place the gold on the testing plate, and touch the probing pen to the gold. Then, the device will instantly give you a reading of what karat your gold is! You can get a testing device on Amazon for $325.

Ready to Bring in Your Gold and Silver?

If you’ve already performed a test to see if your gold and silver are worth anything, or if you want to leave it to the experts, we are here and ready to help! Contact us today to have your precious metals appraised.

2021 Queen's Beast Completer

California Gold and Silver Exchange is excited to announce a new product coming soon, the Queen’s Beast 2021 Completer. The Queen’s Beast 2021 Completer will be available for purchase in mid to late July 2021.

The Queen’s Beast are ten legendary creatures who symbolize the historic ancestry of Her Majesty The Queen. As a set of ten statues, each bearing the shield or crest of the family they represented, they stood guard outside Westminster Abbey in 1953 as the world watched Her Majesty’s coronation. As the Queen’s Beast Collection, their mythical stories have been re-imagined for the twenty-first century in a series of ten popular coin designs by the celebrated designer Jody Clark.

Now, the collection draws to a close with The Queen’s Beasts 2021 bullion coin. The Final Design in the collection features all ten beasts arrange in a protective circle around The Queen. It is the only coin in the series to unite all ten beasts with the monarch whose heritage they represent in one unique design.

This concluding Queen’s Beast coin will also be available as a two-ounce fine silver edition and a strictly limited-edition fine silver kilo, which has a diameter of 100mm.

Key Features:

  • The eleventh and final coin in the highly popular Queen’s Beasts collection
  • The only coin to feature all ten of the The Queen’s Beast in on regal design
  • Both designs that appear on the coin were created by Jody Clark
  • Struck in on ounce of 999.9 fine gold
  • Finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard


  • Alloy: 999.9 Au
  • Diameter: 32.69mm
  • Obverse Designer: Jody Clark
  • Reverse Designer: Jody Clark
  • Quality: Bullion
  • Year: 2021
  • Packaging: Tubes

2021 Queen's Beast Completer

2021 Queen’s Beast Completer

At California Gold and Exchange, we have many other gold coins and bars in stock ready for purchase.  At this time, we also have a limited stock of the final Queen’s Beast coin, the White Greyhound. Furthermore, on more information on products we sell visit our What We Sell page. In addition, we can be reach at (909) 985-4653 during regular business hours.  Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on current availability and pricing.