Discussion in 'Bullion Investing' started by Cloudsweeper99, Nov 13, 2009.
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The Nov 3rd (page 24) issue of Numismatic News has a similar article. It says that tungsten sales were steady up to 2002, when they began increasing at 10% per year...with no notable increase in industrial consumption to account for it. :bigeyes:
Interesting...makes sense. I'm not a gun owner so I don't know of these things. I thought tungsten was fairly brittle...thought it might behave differently than lead at high velocities. Perhaps they alloy it with something else to give it acceptable properties.
Reasons like these are why I stick to Eagles right now. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe they are they hardest to counterfeit because of the fine details they posses. I didnt know about the tungsten deal but I like knowledge. Is tungsten attracted to magnets?? What test could one do to check for Tungsten. Checking if it was brittle would destroy the coin.
Sounds like with the lower tungsten density, that it would not weigh properly with the physical dimensions being equal. That's how I'd test, not knowing any better.
Tungsten coins are supposed to be pretty hard to produce. Tungsten is so hard that you'd need a thick layer of gold to flow into the die to make the coin features. A counterfeiter would be better off making bars according to what I've read.
The military uses tugsten in the 5.56 62gr round " Green tip ". High penetration qualities. Russia also uses it for the same purpose. Some leadless ammo is zinc and copper.
It has been used to the detriment of Dutch Sodiers.
The compound was found to cause reactions of extreme joint pain and head aches. This was found when testing a new HK 416 rifles.
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