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Silvertowne 1 Ounce Silver Bar

Analyzing Silvertowne bars is complicated by the fact that Silvertowne has made several minor changes to their standard bar design over the years, resulting in at least three generations of genuine bars that all look a bit different.  Here we have compared the first generation counterfeit Silvertowne bar to three known versions of genuine Silvertowne bars.

Genuine Version #1

Notable Differences

  1. The text on the front of the bar is thinner on the counterfeit.
  2. The counterfeit is missing a small detail on the pickaxe where the handle and head intersect.
  3. The corner radius is too sharp on the counterfeit.
  4. There are several problems with the logo block on the back of the counterfeit.  The orientation is incorrect, the block is smaller both in length and width, and the lettering in the Silvertowne logo is too thick.

 

Genuine Version #2

Notable Differences

  1. The text on the front of the bar is thinner on the counterfeit.
  2. The counterfeit is missing a small detail on the pickaxe where the handle and head intersect.
  3. The corner radius is too sharp on the counterfeit.
  4. The logo on the reverse of the counterfeit is a closer match to this version of the genuine bar in terms of overall size, however the orientation is still incorrect and the items carried by the donkey have been changed here, and are stamped with more detail.

 

Genuine Version #3

Notable Differences

  1. In this most recent version of the genuine Silvertowne bar, the items carried by the donkey have changed considerably, and are more detailed.  However, the detail on the pickaxe in the logo has been eliminated on this version, which now more closely matches the counterfeit bar.
  2. The corner radius is too sharp on the counterfeit.
  3. This third version of the genuine bar features the same reverse logo as the second version above, so while the counterfeit more closely matches the logo size, the orientation is incorrect and the detail on the miner and donkey are lacking.


Discussion & Detection

Even with at least three versions of genuine Silvertowne bars in play, this counterfeit is easily identified visually by the sharp radius on the corners.  However, we have seen updated versions of other counterfeit bars which fix that issue, and it is entirely possible that newer counterfeit Silvertowne bars do not have this flaw, so it is important to take care in inspecting Silvertowne bars.  With several genuine versions to remember, the Precious Metal Verifier is a good option for testing these bars.

Additional Info

  • Brand / Mint: Silvertowne
  • Metal: Silver
  • Shape: Bar
  • Nominal Weight: 1 Troy Ounce
  • Genuine Weight (g): 33.01
  • Counterfeit Weight (g): 30.68
  • Genuine Width (mm): 29.08
  • Counterfeit Width (mm): 28.06
  • Genuine Length (mm): 50.06
  • Counterfeit Length (mm): 50.46
  • Genuine Thickness (mm): 2.62
  • Counterfeit Thickness (mm): 2.81
  • Genuine Edge Type: Smooth
  • Counterfeit Edge Type: Smooth
  • Genuine Material: 999 Silver
  • Counterfeit Material: Silver Plated, Brass Core

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