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Have I Found A Solid Block Of Silver?

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 Posted 07/28/2021  10:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
https://www.coincommunity.com/go/link.asp?target=https://www.ebay.com/itm/184946767198?tmp=no4
This is the link to a silver test solution that will also tell you what base metal it is if it is a base metal.
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 Posted 07/28/2021  10:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Actually this is the working link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/184946767198?tmp=no4
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 Posted 07/28/2021  11:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 906928 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's really an interesting find. It looks like a human made metal to me, but on the off chance it is a mineral, have you thought of performing a streak test or a hardness test?

Traditionally they use a piece of unglazed porcelain tile to scrape the mineral on, and note the color of the streak. Galena, I think is a gray streak, hematite is reddish or reddish brown. Sometimes you can just rub the specimen on a concrete slab or block.

For hardness, for example, can you scratch it with a fingernail? (probably not!) If not, can you scratch with a copper penny? (pre 1982) If not, with a penknife, a piece of glass, a piece of quartz, etc? That might tell you something.

Do you plan to go back and look for more?
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 Posted 07/29/2021  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The testing solution helped me identify a spoon that I always thought was silver (metal detecting find) to be made of nickel and lead.
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 Posted 08/10/2021  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add psuman08 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did I miss the answer?
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 Posted 08/10/2021  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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 Posted 08/10/2021  1:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Will be taking it to find out soon, had an incredibly busy few weeks. I will update when I have, I'm sure it won't be that exciting but you never know.
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