Determining foreign silver

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by masterswimmer, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    Any online source you fine folk can direct me to? Just looked through my stash of foreign coins and some appear to be silver. How do I determine what is and isn't Ag?

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Google is your best friend:
    "(country name) (denomination) (year) (NGC)"
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  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Are you familiar with the tissue test? It is quite unscientific and simplistic but it works pretty darned good for a starter. Take yourself a pre-64 quarter and a post-65 quarter and lay them side by side. Then lay a single ply sheet of tissue over them. The difference you will see is quite pronounced..... It certainly isn't a definitive test by any stretch, but it is a quick and easy way to start sorting unfamiliar silver.
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  5. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter World Numismatist

  6. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    This plus one. My favorite resource for foreign coins.
  7. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I'd look in the Krause Standard Catalogue of World Coins. It will tell you the composition of every coin from every country in every year.
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  8. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter World Numismatist

    Moreover, you could post pictures here on cointalk of the coins in question I quite enjoy identifying foreign silver.
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  9. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    My local dealer is offering me a used 2016 Krause for $20. I do have a burgeoning foreign collection now. I see one as cheap as $11 online. Maybe I'll counter with $15?
  10. Histman

    Histman Too Many Coins, Not Enough Time!

  11. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I see it as cheap as $7 online. $15 is the absolute max I'd pay. Look for more examples here:

    As long as you get one from the last 3 or 4 years, you should be perfectly fine. The prices and pictures don't get updated as much as I'd like them to, but the classification and basic info is usually pretty accurate. I refer to my copies of Krause (18th, 19th, and 20th centuries) several times a week.
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  12. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the advice @physics-fan3.14 !
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