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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.

Great Britain 2023 Silver Robin Hood 10 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available at California Gold and Silver Exchange in Upland, California is the 10 troy ounce 2023 Silver Robin Hood Bullion Coin. Inspired by the traditions of storytelling and folklore, passed down through centuries and generations, the Myths and Legends Collection from The Royal Mint was launched in 2021, beginning with a three-coin series celebrating the famous tales of Robin Hood. These beautiful silver coins are a great addition to any silver stacker collection. Furthermore, the feature the now deceased Queen Elizabeth the Second, one of the last coins to be issued with the beloved Queen.

The legendary hero Robin Hood, who notably took from the rich to give to the poor, appears on the first coin in a new bullion collection inspired by myths and legends. The hero of folklore will soon be followed by two more coins inspired by the tale, featuring the courageous heroine Maid Marian and Robin Hood’s trusted companion Little John.

Stories of this heroic rebel have spread far and wide since the fourteenth century. Robin Hood was often described as a great archer, and Jody Clark’s depiction of the character features him hidden amongst the branches of Sherwood Forest, poised with a bow and arrow ready for action. Struck in 999.9 fine silver, each ten-ounce coin is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard, and is also available as a one ounce fine platinum edition. What a great addition this will make to your silver bullion collection!

Key Features of the 2023 Silver Britannia

  • Each Robin Hood 2023 10oz silver bullion coin featuring the fifth and final effigy of Queen Elizabeth II has a limited production run. 
  • The largest coin in this exciting Myths and Legends bullion coin collection
  • Each coin contains ten troy ounces of 999.9 fine silver
  • Struck to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
  • Features a modern interpretation of Robin Hood by Jody Clark
  • Individually packaged in a single coin capsule

Specifications of the 2023 Silver Robin Hood

Alloy: 99.9 AG

Diameter: 89.00 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: Jody Clark

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2023

Packaging:  Coin Capsule

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  Furthermore, this product will be now available, however there will only be a limited quantity of coins.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Great Britain visit The Royal Mint’s website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page, check out our blog or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in San Bernadino County of Southern California.

 

 

 

 

Great Britain 2023 Silver King Arthur 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available at California Gold and Silver Exchange in Upland, California is the 1 troy ounce 2023 Silver King Arthur Bullion Coin. Inspired by the traditions of storytelling and folklore, passed down through centuries and generations, the Myths and Legends Collection from The Royal Mint was launched in 2021, beginning with a three-coin series celebrating the famous tales of Robin Hood. These beautiful silver coins are a great addition to any silver stacker collection. Furthermore, the feature the now deceased Queen Elizabeth the Second, one of the last coins to be issued with the beloved Queen.

The legend of King Arthur first appeared in the Welsh medieval chronicles of the ninth and tenth centuries and remains one of the most iconic figures within British mythology. Furthermore, the legend has evolved over the ages, with various narrative strands offering depictions of Arthur that range from a fierce warrior defending Britain against Saxon invaders to the noble leader of the Knights of the Round Table, which embodies the values of a chivalric society.

The design, created by the experienced illustrator David Lawrence, features King Arthur at its center as he sits astride a horse and grasps Excalibur, his legendary sword. Camelot Castle, home to the Knight of the Round Table and their noble leader, can be seen in the background. Struck in 999 fine silver, each coin is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard.  This coin is also available as a one ounce gold edition. Call us for more information on the gold edition, as this item will also be able in store for purchase.

Invest in a legend of British folklore as the story of King Arthur inspires our latest three-coin series within our collection dedicated to myths and legends. In addition, the fabled king graces the first coin of the new series, with Merlin and Morgan le Fay planned to feature on the second and third coins respectively. What a great addition this will make to your silver bullion collection!

Key Features of the 2023 Silver Britannia

  • The first coin in a new three-coin collection inspired by British myths and legends, honoring the legendary King Arthur
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of 999 fine silver
  • Struck to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
  • Features an interpretation of the legendary King Arthur by David Lawrence

Specifications of the 2023 Silver King Arthur

Alloy: 99.9 AG

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: David Lawrence

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2023

Packaging: 25 in Tube

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  Furthermore, this product will be available for purchase in the middle of November, however there will only by a limited quantity of coins.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Great Britain visit The Royal Mint’s website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page, check out our blog or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in San Bernadino County of Southern California.

 

 

 

Great Britain 2023 Silver King Arthur 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Coming soon to California Gold and Silver Exchange in Upland, California is the 1 troy ounce 2023 Silver King Arthur Bullion Coin. Inspired by the traditions of storytelling and folklore, passed down through centuries and generations, the Myths and Legends Collection from The Royal Mint was launched in 2021, beginning with a three-coin series celebrating the famous tales of Robin Hood. These beautiful silver coins are a great addition to any silver stacker collection. Furthermore, the feature the now deceased Queen Elizabeth the Second, one of the last coins to be issued with the beloved Queen.

The legend of King Arthur first appeared in the Welsh medieval chronicles of the ninth and tenth centuries and remains one of the most iconic figures within British mythology. Furthermore, the legend has evolved over the ages, with various narrative strands offering depictions of Arthur that range from a fierce warrior defending Britain against Saxon invaders to the noble leader of the Knights of the Round Table, which embodies the values of a chivalric society.

The design, created by the experienced illustrator David Lawrence, features King Arthur at its center as he sits astride a horse and grasps Excalibur, his legendary sword. Camelot Castle, home to the Knight of the Round Table and their noble leader, can be seen in the background. Struck in 999 fine silver, each coin is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard.  This coin is also available as a one ounce gold edition. Call us for more information on the gold edition.

Invest in a legend of British folklore as the story of King Arthur inspires our latest three-coin series within our collection dedicated to myths and legends. In addition, the fabled king graces the first coin of the new series, with Merlin and Morgan le Fay planned to feature on the second and third coins respectively. What a great addition this will make to your silver bullion collection!

Key Features of the 2023 Silver Britannia

  • The first coin in a new three-coin collection inspired by British myths and legends, honouring the legendary King Arthur
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of 999 fine silver
  • Struck to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
  • Features an interpretation of the legendary King Arthur by David Lawrence

Specifications of the 2023 Silver King Arthur

Alloy: 99.9 AG

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: David Lawrence

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2023

Packaging: 25 in Tube

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  Furthermore, this product will be available for purchase in the middle of November, however there will only by a limited quantity of coins.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Great Britain visit The Royal Mint’s website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page, check out our blog or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in San Bernadino County of Southern California.

 

 

 

Great Britain 2023 Silver Britannia 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available to California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2023 Silver Britannia Bullion Coin. This coin is issued yearly from Great Britain’s Royal Mint. For more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has innovated to create coins that are both beautiful and secure.  In 2023, Britannia, the symbol of Britain, leas the way to redefine security in the bullion market.  This embodies the Royal Mint’s drive for the very best in design and security.  The latest Britannia combines Philip Nathan’s acclaimed interpretation with four groundbreaking security features to create the most visually secure coin in the world.  These additions both decorate and protect the coin, just as the micro-text that borders the design states – ‘Decus et Tutamen’, which translates as ‘An ornament and a safeguard’. This will be the final year with Queen Elizabeth on the coin. Furthermore, the next coin will feature King Charles.

Furthermore, in the lower left-hand of the design, below Britannia’s flowing gown, is a trident to represent her naval history. As the viewer changes their perspective this trident becomes a padlock, emphasizing the coin’s secure nature. Surface animation behind Britannia reflects the movement of waves and fine details such as the Union flag on Britannia’s shield have been highlighted by tincture lines.

The 2023 Silver Britannia is the only silver coin to carry these new security features, but they are also available on the one ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce fine gold editions of the coin. The coins come in tubes of 25 (see picture below) and monster boxes of 500 (20 tubes of 25 coins).

Key Features of the 2023 Silver Britannia

  • Features four advanced security features
  • a latent image changes from a padlock to Britannia’s famous trident
  • Surface animation brings the background of waves to life
  • The micro-text provides both decoration and protection
  • Britannia’s shield bears the Union flag, which is accented with tincture lines

 

Specifications of the 2023 Silver Britannia

Alloy: 99.9 AG

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: Philip Nathan

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2023

Packaging: 25 in Tube

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  We now have 2023 silver Britannia available in store for purchase.  Call for today’s pricing.  For more information on coins from Great Britain visit The Royal Mint’s website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours.

 

 

 

Mexico 2022 Silver Libertad 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available at California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2022 Silver Mexico Libertad Bullion Coin. First introduced in 1982, this coin has been continually issued each year by the Mexico Mint. Each year has a different mintage of coins; often lower than other bullion coins.  Nonetheless, this makes the coin more collectible.  Furthermore, the coins are produced annually at the Casa de Moneda de Mexico, the oldest Mint in North America.

The 2022 Mexico silver Libertad coin obverse features the National Shield of Mexico, along with different coats of arms used throughout the history of Mexico.  On the reverse, the Winged Victory that crowns the Independence Monument, and in the background the Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. Furthermore, this coin is also issued in various sizes including 1/20 ounce, 1/10 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 2 ounces, and 5 ounces.

Key Features of the 2022 Silver Libertad

  • 41st year of release in the Silver Libertad Coin Series
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of .999 fine silver
  • Guaranteed by Banco de Mexico
  • Obverse features the coat of Arms of Mexico
  • Reverse features the Winged Victory Statue

 

Specifications of the 2022 Silver Libertad

Alloy: .999 AG

Diameter: 40 mm

Manufacturer: Mexico Mint

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2022

Packaging: Tubes of 25, Monster box of 450 coins

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  This product is now available for purchase, and today (August 25, 2022) priced at $40.00 per coin. However, price is subject to change with out notice. Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Mexico visit The Mexico Mint (Casa de Mondeda de Mexico) website. Identically, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in the Inland Empire and are ready to serve you for your gold and silver needs.

 

 

Canada 2022 Silver Maple Leaf 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Back in stock to California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2022 Silver Canada Maple Leaf Bullion Coin. The Canadian Maple Leaf has been a popular staple for many years.  The front of the silver Maple Leaf features a Maple Leaf, the sugar leaf of the most popular tree in Canada.  In addition, the back of the coin has queen Elizabeth II, reigning queen of England. She has been on the coin since they started to mint them in 1988.  This is the same beloved design of the gold and platinum Maple Leaf. In fact, the silver Maple Leaf comes in uncirculated condition and there are 25 coins in the tube with the yellow lid.

Key Features of the 2022 Silver Maple Leaf

  • The 34th year of release in the Maple Leaf Silver Series
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of .9999 fine silver
  • Struck to Royal Canadian Mint’s bullion standard
  • Sugar Maple Leaf on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse

 

Specifications of the 2022 Silver Maple Leaf

Alloy: .9999 AG

Diameter: 38.7 mm

Obverse Designer: Susanna Blunt

Reverse Designer: Walter Ott

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2022

Packaging:  Rolls of 25 in tube, 20 tubes to sealed monster box

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this product for purchase in store.  This product is now currently back in stock.  Call for current pricing and availability.  Furthermore, for more information on coins from Canada visit The Royal Canadian Mint website. Moreover, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in the Inland Empire. We are happy to serve you with your gold and silver needs.

 

 

Great Britain 2022 Silver Maid Marian 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available to California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2022 Silver Maid Marian Bullion Coin. Inspired by the traditions of storytelling and folklore, passed down through centuries and generations, the Myths and Legends Collection from The Royal Mint was launched in 2021, beginning with a three-coin series celebrating the famous tales of Robin Hood. Furthermore, these beautiful silver coins are a great addition to any silver stacker collection.

The collection first explores the story of Robin Hood, which began with the legend himself, and now focuses on his adventurous and quick-witted companion Maid Marian. Sometimes described as a woman of high stature but always a woman of the people, Maid Marian is said to have gathered valuable information that informed Robin Hood and his band of merry men in their adventures through Sherwood Forest. One more coin inspired by the tale will follow, featuring Robin Hood’s trusted companion Little John. California Gold and Silver Exchange now has this coin available for purchase. 

Maid Marian has been depicted in a design by Jody Clark standing watchful among the greenery of Sherwood Forest, stealthily observing through the trees with a bow and a quiver of arrows on her back, poised for action. Struck in 999 fine silver, each one ounce coin is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard, and is also available as a one ounce gold coin.

Key Features of the 2022 Silver Britannia

  • The second release in an exciting new bullion coin collection 
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of 999 fine silver
  • Struck to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard
  • Features a modern interpretation of Maid Marian by Jody Clark

Specifications of the 2022 Silver Britannia

Alloy: 99.9 AG

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: Jody Clark

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2022

Packaging: 25 in Tube

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  This product is now available for purchase in store, however there is only a limited quantity of coins.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Great Britain visit The Royal Mint’s website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in the Inland Empire.

 

 

 

Australia 2022 Silver Koala 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now Available at California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2022 Silver Australian Koala Bullion Coin. Enhanced with a softly frosted finish, the 2022 Australian Koala portrays the iconic animal dozing on the bough of a tree amid clusters of aromatic eucalyptus leaves. As well as the inscription ‘KOALA’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the reverse includes the coin’s weight, purity and year-date.

Each year, the Australian designers re-imagine this gentle marsupial for what is widely regarded as one of the most appealing silver bullion coin series for investors. Once again, their work captures the essence of this sleepy creature renowned for spending long drowsy hours slumbering high in the forest canopy. The 2022 silver koala is a great coin to add to your bullion collection.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, Koala silver bullion coins have been trusted for their weight and purity by investors worldwide since 2007. This same design is also offered in the 1 kilo (32.15 toz) size.

Key Features of the 2022 Silver Koala

  • The 16th year of release in the Koala Silver Series
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of .9999 fine silver
  • Struck to The Perth Mint’s bullion standard
  • Limited Mintage of only 300,000 coins worldwide

 

Specifications of the 2022 Silver Koala

Alloy: 99.99 AG

Diameter: 40.9 mm

Obverse Designer: Jody Clark

Reverse Designer: Ing Ing Jong

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2022

Packaging: Plastic Capsule, Rolls of 20 sealed

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  This product is now available for purchase, however we only  have a limited quantity of coins.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Australia visit The Perth Mint website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange visit our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in the Inland Empire.

 

Austria 2022 Silver Philharmonic 1 Troy Ounce Silver Bullion Coin

Now available at California Gold and Silver Exchange is the 1 troy ounce 2022 Silver Austria Philharmonic Bullion Coin. The runaway success of the world famous Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin is not only limited to its golden manifestation. Struck in pure silver, the silver Vienna Philharmonic has also proved to be a massive hit with investors.

When the Münze Österreich first issued Vienna Philharmonic coins in silver in February 2008, it was the first time that a European silver bullion coin had been brought on to the market featuring silver of 99.9 per cent purity. Furthermore, the market had long been waiting for a product of these characteristics and within a month of the date of issue, the millionth coin was struck. Now, these coins are amongst the most popular silver coins issued yearly.

Since sales began on 1 February 2008, this silver coin has been struck exclusively in the 1 ounce version and in a quantity that reflects market demand.  The coin has a face value of 1.50 Euro that is fully backed by the Austrian government. In addition, this coin also features a smooth edge, something unique among silver sovereign government coins.

Key Features of the 2022 Silver Philharmonic

  • The 15th year of release in the Philharmonic Silver Series
  • Each coin contains one troy ounce of .9999 fine silver
  • Struck to The Austrian Mint’s bullion standard
  • The Musikverein, also known as the Golden Concert Hall is featured on the obverse of the coin
  • The reverse features various musical instruments including a cello, violins, bassoon, harp, and French horn.

 

Specifications of the 2022 Silver Philharmonic

Alloy: .999 AG

Diameter: 37 mm

Obverse Designer: Thomas Pesendorfer

Reverse Designer: Thomas Pesendorfer

Quality: Bullion

Year: 2022

Packaging:  Rolls of 20 in sealed tube, 25 tubes to sealed monster box

Availability

California Gold and Silver Exchange has secured this new product for purchase in store.  This product is now currently available.  Call for current pricing and availability.  For more information on coins from Austria visit Austria Mint website. Furthermore, for other items available at California Gold and Silver Exchange our What We Sell page or call us directly at 909-985-4653 during regular business hours. We are located in Upland, California in the Inland Empire.