Comment: You can buy a test kit

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You can buy a test kit

and a scale. Both also available on ebay. I test every piece I buy and since I buy for melt value then I am not afraid to cut into an edge to pierce any plating for my acid test.

I have had two duds from Ebay and both times when I confronted the seller I was reimbursed in total and without question or a need to return the fake items.

I do question the legality of the plated items marked as if they are solid such as these Stagecoach bars.

They look identical to the real thing. All the more reason to test everything you buy regardless of where you buy it from.