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The Fisch | Detects Fake Gold & Silver Coins

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I’ve worked in the retail end of the coin business and detecting counterfeits while buying gold is always a concern.  A large part of numismatics is knowing the signs of a fake coins, and believe me the counterfeit business has been alive and well for hundreds of years.   As the gold business grows because of its value, there will be more and more unqualified persons being hired to buy gold.  Well now we have “The Fisch” a proof positive way to detect counterfeit coins.  There are models for many different gold and silver coins, this can be a great asset in any precious metal business.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

June 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

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  1. Is there one of these for *modern* silver coins?


    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    • Looking at the website,it appears they only offer:
      Silver Fisch
      U.S. Silver Dollar (1840-1935)
      Excludes Trade Dollar
      Shoot them an email, let them know your interest.
      Thanks for reading!


      September 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  2. Yea, it seems that they do not offer a Fisch for American Silver Eagles and Canadian Silver Maples Leafs. That’s a bummer. I did send them an email. I think one problem may be that silver coins can be counterfeited to the same diameter, thickness and weight when using a combination of lighter and heavier filler metals: copper and lead. It can even remain non-magnetic. So, it seems a combination of Fisch scale, magnet and also doing a sound `ping` test is required to do a quick point-of-sale check.


    September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  3. Thanks for the information on the Fisch! Looks like a great product. I agree that as the gold price soars more and more fake gold coins will enter the market. The need to have a readily available “fake detector” has never been greater.

    Roy Stanton

    September 13, 2011 at 6:27 am

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