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Herb_THerb_T Posts: 1,600 ✭✭✭✭✭

I need to purchase a metal purity and type tester. What do members think of the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier? It tests through slab holders. Looking for comments on a good tester that doesn’t break the bank.

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  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    love my Sigma. It does test through slabs. Keep in mind it does not determine metal content, it verifies metal based on instrument setting selection.

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  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What @derryb said:
    An XRF tester will tell you precisely what the object you're testing is made from down to fractions of a percent.

    The Sigma will tell you if an item fits within a tight range for the type of metal you're testing.

    For example, if you shoot a slabbed classic $20 gold eagle, an XRF tester should tell you the entire metallic content including gold, copper, silver, and even the trace elements that you probably didn't know or don't care are present.

    Place the same slab on the Sigma, having chosen the preset "Gold-90% balance CU" and the Sigma will tell you if the coin within the slab reads within a tight range of acceptable parameters.

    I, too, love my Sigma. It's an inexpensive additional set of eyes when you need a degree of confidence or if you are questioning something. It's very fast, light, portable, and very robust.

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  • Really like my Sigma. It tests through holders. If you wanna test bars or smaller coins be sure to get the 3 wand attachments. If you dont need to test bars get the 2 wands. Only negative I have experienced is that on really small gold coins like a dos peso it doesnt give a good reading. Prices have gone up but its relativly cheap compared to XRF.

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  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @doubleeagle07 said:
    Only negative I have experienced is that on really small gold coins like a dos peso it doesnt give a good reading.

    same with tenth oz AGEs, but using the small probe solves the problem.

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  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,265 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can it be used on silverware to detect silver plating?

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  • USASoccerUSASoccer Posts: 445 ✭✭✭

    @jmski52 said:
    Can it be used on silverware to detect silver plating?

    I am craving this knowledge as well!

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And this is what I’m wondering about too

    In a past thread where a sigma was mentioned it was said that the shape of flatware can be trouble for the sigma.

    But what about the sigma with a small wand?

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  • blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 5,290 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2021 4:11PM

    It can't accurately detect silver or gold plated bullion coins or bars I highly doubt it could distinguish silver plate vs sterling flatware. lol

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  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,019 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @blitzdude said:
    It can't accurately detect silver or gold plated bullion coins or bars I highly doubt it could distinguish silver plate vs sterling flatware. lol

    Only for those who can't read the simple instructions. Works great for me, I can read.

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  • cohodkcohodk Posts: 18,495 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @derryb said:

    @blitzdude said:
    It can't accurately detect silver or gold plated bullion coins or bars I highly doubt it could distinguish silver plate vs sterling flatware. lol

    Only for those who can't read the simple instructions. Works great for me, I can read.

    Then can you answer jmski's question via your experiences?

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  • PppPpp Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    My sigma works great. It’s another tool to use especially if you are buying gold. I like the three wand bullion set.

    FYI
    Normally between weight, magnet, dimensions, and sigma you can catch most fakes. However, don’t get lazy, it also makes sense to look at the coin even if it passes all normal tests. Recently, someone had a $2.5 Indian gold piece that they had for along time so I was lazy and didn’t really look at the coin. It is well known older versions were made out 60% gold. His piece passed all diagnostics tests and he sent it in to pcgs for grading.
    It turned out the coin was counterfeit and when I finally looked at it I saw the tools marks on the neck and then he fessed up and said he bought it three months ago. Since these coins are selling at about 2+x melt I am assuming this is a current fake. I should have known better after all these years to look at the coin first. Lesson relearned.

  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,265 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Then can you answer jmski's question via your experiences?

    bump for further clarification................

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  • blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 5,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Ppp said:
    My sigma works great. It’s another tool to use especially if you are buying gold. I like the three wand bullion set.

    FYI
    Normally between weight, magnet, dimensions, and sigma you can catch most fakes. However, don’t get lazy, it also makes sense to look at the coin even if it passes all normal tests. Recently, someone had a $2.5 Indian gold piece that they had for along time so I was lazy and didn’t really look at the coin. It is well known older versions were made out 60% gold. His piece passed all diagnostics tests and he sent it in to pcgs for grading.
    It turned out the coin was counterfeit and when I finally looked at it I saw the tools marks on the neck and then he fessed up and said he bought it three months ago. Since these coins are selling at about 2+x melt I am assuming this is a current fake. I should have known better after all these years to look at the coin first. Lesson relearned.

    Passed all diagnostics INCLUDING the Sigma???? 60%, 90%, who cares the magic wand detected some level of gold in there. EH?

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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 32,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ?

    Passed the sigma?

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  • PppPpp Posts: 453 ✭✭✭✭

    If the coin was 60% gold it would not have passed the sigma on the 90% setting. Also, it would have probably failed other tests.

    The only way I can figure the fake $2.5 Indian coin passed was it had to be made out of 90% gold.

  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,019 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 23, 2021 12:14AM

    @cohodk said:

    @derryb said:

    @blitzdude said:
    It can't accurately detect silver or gold plated bullion coins or bars I highly doubt it could distinguish silver plate vs sterling flatware. lol

    Only for those who can't read the simple instructions. Works great for me, I can read.

    Then can you answer jmski's question via your experiences?

    I speak from experience with bullion coins and bars, I do not buy or sell silverware and therefore cannot answer his question. Those who have actually used a Sigma knows that the troll's comments are BS.

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  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,019 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 23, 2021 1:03AM

    @blitzdude said:

    @Ppp said:
    My sigma works great. It’s another tool to use especially if you are buying gold. I like the three wand bullion set.

    FYI
    Normally between weight, magnet, dimensions, and sigma you can catch most fakes. However, don’t get lazy, it also makes sense to look at the coin even if it passes all normal tests. Recently, someone had a $2.5 Indian gold piece that they had for along time so I was lazy and didn’t really look at the coin. It is well known older versions were made out 60% gold. His piece passed all diagnostics tests and he sent it in to pcgs for grading.
    It turned out the coin was counterfeit and when I finally looked at it I saw the tools marks on the neck and then he fessed up and said he bought it three months ago. Since these coins are selling at about 2+x melt I am assuming this is a current fake. I should have known better after all these years to look at the coin first. Lesson relearned.

    Passed all diagnostics INCLUDING the Sigma???? 60%, 90%, who cares the magic wand detected some level of gold in there. EH?

    The at one time extremely high premiums on $1 and $2.50 small gold coins, that did not require a substantial amount of gold, resulted in many counterfeits being created with the correct gold content. Sigma verifies PM content, not coin authenticity. Sigma in this case most likely did its job.

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  • streeterstreeter Posts: 4,312 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I only know one person with an XRF gun. For industrial use. My next door neighbor.

    When he uses it, he cleans the surface to be tested and the gun touches the substrate. Heck of a machine. The machine reads out the alloy composition. He won't let me touch it, lol.

    Cost: $30,000.

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't have opportunity to use it often, but like the Sigma PMV.

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