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iconnumber posted 12-21-2004 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for patty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have very recently purchased a couple of spoons which I have described on this forum and am trying to get info on. This has caused me to be bitten by the silver bug. I have a set of silver flatware that belonged to my great grandmother that I have yet to research but I have been reading over some of your posts and am amazed and confused.

Apparently there are so many categories of silver. For instance what is coin silver and how do you tell when you have it? Gorham I assume is a mfg. What about arts & crafts? How do you all recommend that a greenhorn like myself, learn about all of this?

I know that I can keep reading the posts, but sometimes, if you don't have some background, they are hard to follow. I know now that I will continue to look for silver at auctions and garage sales as it doesn't seem to go for a lot of money and I find the research fun.

Thanks for all of your knowledge and please bear with me as I am sure that I will ask lots of stupid questions.

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2004 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm relatively new at this myself, but I think the term coin silver refers to the fact that at one time people stored there wealth as silver plate and converted it to coins when they needed money. The English crown needed to regulate the quality of silver int he coinage, so they issued appointed assayers to mark silver to assure its purity.

As for buying it, I've gotten spoons all over Europe and go by a simple rule: if I like it, can afford it, and enjoy researching the silver then I get. Worse case: if it is a fake, I still had fun looking, and wasted very little money.

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2004 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This topic has been covered in a number of previous discussions in the American Siver forum. You can use the search function of the forum to find some of these. Here is a recent one (When Coin Evolved to Sterling) which may answer the question to your satisfaction.

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