Silver Knowledge & Silver Markings
Many people have limited to no knowledge about the value in silver items. For laymen, it’s indeed a tough topic, as most silver-colored pieces don’t reflect a monetary value at all. But if you follow some pretty simple guidelines, distinguishing between treasure and trash is often possible.
Photo Request for Silver Items
You may receive a photo request from our support team if you started the selling process. We often ask for a photo to make sure that you’ll be a happy customer rewarded with a nice payment rather than disappointed with a return shipment.
Read more about our photo request.
Selling Guideline – Items You Can Submit
We have a very strict policy about HEAVY items (like cutlery, trays, or candelabras) you can submit for testing/selling. This is unfortunately necessary due to extremely high shipping costs. Too often, we have received a load of completely worthless items resulting in hundreds of dollars in shipping costs. reDollar is known for paying extremely high prices and operating on wafer-thin profit margins, which is why we have to be very selective with heavy silver items to ensure all customers can continue to receive high purchase prices.
You may NEVER submit items marked
- STAINLESS, PLATE, EPNS, SILVER PLATE, STEEL, COPPER, PLATED
- 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 150
- You also may NOT submit items with NO marking at all.
You can ALWAYS submit items clearly marked
STERLING, 925, 999, 900, 835, 800, COIN
You may submit items marked as long as you include a photo
13, 14, 15, 16 or items showing a left facing leopard head
Good & Bad Silver Markings
Check our photo footage of good and bad silver markings. You can always submit a photo from your silver markings to be verified by our experts. Lion head silver markings especially should always be submitted for a quick check. A left-facing leopard head usually indicates sterling silver, while most right-facing leopard heads refer to silver plated items (= no monetary value). Some items with a right-facing leopard head silver marking may indicate a silver purity of 83.3% and can be sold to our company.
Let’s Team Up
Some people decide to team up with us to do some sort of pre-sorting. This can be fun, entertaining, and educating. Our support team is very well trained and works closely with our highly skilled experts. We are happy to educate you and review any photos you submit.
What You Can Do:
Silver is a diamagnetic metal and will not attract a magnet. Diamagnetic materials are repelled by a magnetic field, and thus a silver-colored item that sticks to a magnet is NOT made of solid silver. Those items will not have a monetary value.
Markings are a great way to identify the good stuff. Almost every silver-colored item marked 800, 835, 900, 925, 950, 999, COIN, or sterling will have some monetary value. Yes, fakes exist, but they are rare. You may be alerted if your silver rings have the markings “925” and “China.” Lately we’ve seen many “Made In China” silver fakes.
We love your photos. Photos will help you to better understand if you own something valuable that’s worth submitting. Photos also help us, as we can reduce the risk of having to ship items back and forth. The environment is also thankful, as fewer shipments result in fewer emissions being created. Please provide quality photos!
Leopard Head Silver Markings
Be very careful with leopard head silver markings. A left-facing leopard will refer to British sterling silver, but right-facing leopard marked items are most likely silver plated (German fake productions to imitate the British silver standard). Sometimes, a right-facing lion may refer to Dutch silver, which would be called 833 or 934 silver. Those items are valuable and can be sold to our company. Some US manufactured silver items will also bear a lion head marking.
GOOD SILVER MARKING
(British sterling silver: 925/1000)
GOOD SILVER MARKING
(Lion mark, 2nd standard purity: 833/1000)