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Anzelmas

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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anzelmas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, m8s!
I have two Swedish medals which I think are silver. But these medals have no hallmarks. They have only SILVER 1919 and SILVER 1939 stamped on the edges.
Can somebody confirm that these medals are silver or silver plated?
If these are silver medals, are they .830 purity?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome.
Thanks for the good and properly posted photos.
Please introduce yourself and tell us more about why you are asking.
Thanks

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Alzelmas. Please introduce yourself and your interest in silver.

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Anzelmas

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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anzelmas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am from Stockholm, Sweden.
My hobby are silver coins and medals.
I know that these two medals are commonly marked with Swedish catfoot and S mark. I am wondering what mean this SILVER marking.
So I am asking for help.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no idea about these medals or the traditions in Sweden, but in France medals given as rewards for exhibitions etc were often all cast in bronze with the actual level of achievement marked like yours, on the edge.
On this example the edge is machine stamped "Gold" and "1907" with the text of the award later engraved on the back.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-29-2022 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe these are Swedish army marksman medals.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2022 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, these are shooting prize medals. The first one was awarded by the Halland Shooting Federation which was a private shooting club (I do not know if they still exist). Halland is a province in southwest Sweden. On the obverse the translation would be "Halland Shooting Federation" and on reverse it would be "For Shooting Skills". The second medal is a Swedish Army one and reads on the obverse "Swedish Army Shooting Medal" and on the reverse "Firearm Competition" (Literally is translates as "in the case of competition shooting with a firearm". My guess, like that of the others so far, is that the word SILVER on the rim and the year refers to the level of the award (second place) and the years they were won rather than being made of silver. These kinds of medals and similar small awards were common across many countries in those years. I think the reason was to encourage civilians and military personnel to practice and become proficient in military skills by offering competitions with such prizes going to the winners. I no longer have another such item, but I had a silver plated letter opener that was engraved as being second prize in a hand grenade throwing competition in Germany that was awarded to the second place winner in 1936.

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Anzelmas

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2022 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anzelmas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So the only way to be sure is to make a deep cut and test with acid frown

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-06-2022 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could try the specific gravity test. This test will not do any damage.

If you've not experienced doing this test then take your items to someone who has the experience.

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Anzelmas

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2022 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anzelmas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Martin, you are absolutely right.
How did I not think of this before. Of course I will test. Thanks for a good kick smile

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2022 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The jewelry shops in my town have machines for non-destructive testing of metals to determine the metals they contain. You may try that first as they have always seemed happy to see the results themselves.
Nice metals and welcome to the forum. I would love to see other things that you collect.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 08-13-2022 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Call your local jewelry shops and find out if any have an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) gun. Sometimes large pawn shops also have one. They are very expensive - selling for between $15,000 and $35,000 for one so only a business that has a regular need to determine exact metal content of something would invest in one. They will be able to tell exactly what metals are in your medals, what percent silver, copper, nickel, tin, zinc, iron, etc. Sometimes a store will charge you to perform this quick analysis and sometimes they will do it for free. This is the only truly accurate method to see exactly what metals and in exactly what percentages are actually in a piece of metal.

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