How do you know if your silver is only silver plated? Check out this video.

What marks do I look for on silver plated items?

How do you tell when something is silver plated? While plated items have some value, it is just a small amount of silver. It’s a microscopic thin layer of silver over a base metal like copper or nickel.

So what are you looking for to determine if something is in fact plated? You will see one of the following:

  • EP, which means electro plated
  • EPNS, electro plated nickel silver
  • EPBM, electro plated base metal
  • SPC, silver plated copper
  • Silver over copper
  • Quadruple plated or triple plated
  • The word community
  • A1, A2, B1, B2
  • A shallow lion or dragon’s head
  • Plateado

Sadly, all of the above are bad news that tell you that your item is not sterling, it is plated. If you have any items to sell, I buy silver.

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