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Scrap Gold UK Keeps an Eye on Gold Authenticity

Published Monday 26th April 2021

We all want to make sure that the things we sell get a fair price, especially when it comes to precious metals such as gold and silver. These metals possess a significant intrinsic value, and it’s hard to fake them without raising red flags. Things to spot include weight, the existence of hallmarks and certification.

High prices for gold and silver make it easy for some to make a quick profit by selling less worthy items as if they were as good as gold. That’s why we have some ideas to consider, if you are on the verge of making a sale today.

Scratch beneath the surface

Many sellers might apparently offer you a slice of cheap, easy-to-acquire gold or silver items such as coins, helping give you the illusion that you’ve got a lucrative item worth selling as prices rise in the future. However, Scrap Gold UK knows that it’s hard to fake the real thing. True gold is a dense metal, and shouldn’t fade or get tarnished.

Electroplated gold and silver are sly ways for vendors to deceive you into buying counterfeit items, as they are actually comprised of a far cheaper metal covered in a superficial layer of gold or silver. Gold and silver, in their true form, come at a price, and if you suspect you are selling something which you originally acquired far too easily, this could be a sign to watch.

A lack of authenticity can be easy to determine if gold coins don’t have a certificate of authenticity. Such documents are essential in allowing you to trace the origins of your item, and ensure you purchased the original item through a reputable seller.

A bird’s eye view of your item

Scrap Gold UK has the expertise required to help determine whether your item is what you think it is. We offer video calls over Zoom, to observe your item from the safety of your home, or better still, you can post them to us by Royal Mail Special Delivery. Use the secure home pick-up service and track your package, and then wait for us to analyse your item.

We have the tools and the know-how to reveal whether you have an item worth its weight in gold or silver. It pays to bring in the experts, and we are always keen to help sellers get what they deserve for a true piece of gold or silver.

Got an item but want to be sure about what you could make from selling it, before posting it to us? Check out our Gold Scrap Calculator. All you need to use it is information such as the item’s weight or purity. It offers a near-instant valuation completely for free.

Think you have an item which needs checking over, before selling to us? Call Scrap Gold UK on 01902 828 400 today.