A hallmark on a piece of sterling silver indicates the quality and purity of the silver and may or may not contain a maker's mark. The hallmarked can help identify the country of origin, the age of the piece and the meta... More »

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One of the easiest ways to test for sterling silver is to look for the authentication stamp. The stamp is likely STER, STERLING, 92.5, STERLING 925, S/S or 925/1000. More »

A silver mark 925 is the identification marking used to indicate an item is at least 92.5 percent silver. It is the most common silver marking and also identifies the piece as sterling, since all sterling silver must be ... More »

Depending on what is known about the maker's mark on a piece of silver, an index of maker's marks can be searched according to images, country of origin, silversmith's name, production company, or the time period in whic... More »

The 800 mark on silver refers to the purity of the metal. Pure silver has a 1,000 grade value. Silver with an 800 grade value is a silver alloy containing 800 parts silver and 200 parts other metals. More »

According to CoinStudy.com, a 1946 Walking Liberty half-dollar coin is worth between $9.53 to $43 as of 2014, depending on the quality and the mint mark on the coin. The most valuable mint mark is Denver, followed by San... More »

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The value of a 1972 Eisenhower dollar is determined by its grade, mint mark, the specific nature of the minting process, and the grading agency providing the appraisal. Novice coin collectors should seek out professional... More »

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