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Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: scooper77515
Date: December 25, 2011 10:58AM
Found a bunch of stuff this morning, and these two nuggets have me confused. They seem a bit heavy, maybe lead? how can I tell for sure?

Also several coins, a small pendant (need to determine if silver as well), a wheatie, and 50 centavo piece.

The silver pieces are not magnetic. So that test is out of the way.

Scratched easily with a knife.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/25/2011 11:04AM by scooper77515.




Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: skookum
Date: December 25, 2011 11:41AM
High,
Take a soldering iron that is heated up and touch them with that.
Lead will melt - silver will not.
Just an idea.
C ya
skookum

Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: Forrest Mc
Date: December 25, 2011 01:21PM
I have found lots of melted aluminum cans that look similar. Mostly on river beaches.

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Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: geodehunter
Date: December 25, 2011 03:05PM
You can mark on a piece of paper with lead but not silver.

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Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: scooper77515
Date: December 25, 2011 03:24PM
Hmmmm. Not leaving marks on newspaper...

Way too heavy for aluminum.



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Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: Fabio
Date: December 26, 2011 10:30AM
Pewter???



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Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: scooper77515
Date: December 26, 2011 10:05PM
Ugh! Lead. Leaves marks on regular paper, but not newspaper. Got my hopes all up for nothing.

Oh well, found a huge pocketful of change, and cleaned a bunch of buried cans and trash out of the area.



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Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: TheOtherLeggoHead
Date: December 31, 2011 01:25PM
Melt it into a bullet and shoot a Werewolf with it.

Re: Are these silver or lead? How to tell?
Posted by: Mtnmn
Date: December 31, 2011 08:01PM
Bismuth that has been melted will look like that too. The old-timers used it a lot way back.

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