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What are some differences between silver marked .800 and silver marked .950?

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Silver marked .950 is an example of the first French millesimal fineness of 950/1000, and silver marked .800 is most likely a coin-standard silver obtained by melting silver coins. Assuming the specimens are of equal weight, the .950 specimen is more valuable.

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The .950 French alloy is 95 percent silver and 5 percent copper or other metals. It is among the highest ratings possible for silver and qualifies as being considered sterling.

Silver marked .800 has a fineness of 80 percent silver and 20 percent copper or other metals. Fineness levels of .800 to .850 also are common for platinum. A platinum specimen should have a stamp of the letter P or the word platinum indicated.

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