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. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-1-TROY-OUNCE-999-FINE-SILVER-PLATE...

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