I was watching a YouTube video about a guy who uses different tools (digital scale, calipers, XRF machine etc.,) to detect counterfeit coins and I decided to have some fun by checking my own coins. The very first thing I tried was a tube of American Silver Eagles I bought on APMEX with Mint Direct packaging which means the tubes from the monster boxes are unopened and sealed in their original mint packaging (photo below). *if you want to know more about Mint Direct you can check out what I mean at www.apmex.com/mintdirect * An American Silver Eagle is supposed to weigh 1 troy ounce or 31.103 grams. Most of the ones I weighed came out between 31.15 - 31.2 (totally normal) however I had a few strange ones that weighed up to 31.33 grams! (photo below). How can this be? There is no possible way that any of these coins are fake, altered, or counterfeited in any way based on the reputation of APMEX and the tubes being still sealed in their original Mint packaging. Yes I understand that coins can’t all weigh exactly the same and that there will be variations due to imperfections in the minting process but a whole extra 1/5th of a gram (0.2g) seems a bit much. Let’s assume the Mint makes 4 million (they probably make a lot more) American Silver Eagles one year.. 4,000,000 x 0.2 grams = 800,000 grams. 800,000 grams / 31.1 = 25,723 troy oz. So if we assume 1 in 10 ASEs are overweight like the one I got that means the Mint is giving away 2,572 troy ounces away for free! Can someone please tell me if this is correct or if I’m misunderstanding something? I can’t imagine the mint would give away nearly $65,000 in free silver due to some ASEs being overweight. Sorry for such a long post. Thanks!