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Old 03-12-2018, 09:46 PM
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Question Anyone have any ideas on what this is?

I found this on my property, I tried putting a magnet to it and it would not stick, I then read online how to test silver at home and one thread said to put a piece of ice on it. If it was silver it would start melting rapidly, and it did. Also I sat a silver coin on the ground and this piece of metal in two different spots they both rang up with silver target Id. High 90-99 on my garret ace 400. I definitely am not getting my hopes up but I’m sure someone else has came across something like this...
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:58 PM
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Looks like melted aluminum to me. How heavy is it?
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:00 PM
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Looks like melted aluminum to me. How heavy is it?


Little over 20 grams


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Old 03-12-2018, 10:33 PM
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Here's another test you may want to try.
Simply apply bleach to a silver product. If it tarnishes quickly, then it is real silver. Otherwise, it is fake. Bleach however may damage your item and devalue it greatly.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by mxsport View post
Here's another test you may want to try.

Simply apply bleach to a silver product. If it tarnishes quickly, then it is real silver. Otherwise, it is fake. Bleach however may damage your item and devalue it greatly.


Ok thanks for the info. I’ll definitely try that as a last resort.


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Old 03-13-2018, 05:15 AM
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Hello, if you solve the question of silver identification often ... I use Probiersäure Silber, a solution for silver testing. 20 ml is about 10 Eu, which I think is acceptable.It is simple, fast and the object is just a small drop for identification.In the case of silver the drop will turn bloody red, otherwise it will remain gently yellow and will not destroy the item.
So, I wish many silver finds
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by mxsport View post
Looks like melted aluminum to me. How heavy is it?
Yup. Lots and lots of melted aluminum out there. Probably outnumbers melted silver by 1,000,000 to 1.

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Old 03-13-2018, 08:27 AM
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+1 for melted aluminum

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Old 03-13-2018, 08:55 AM
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:16 AM
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+3 foe me as well. I call them camp fire meteorites.

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:33 AM
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Put in a jar with the whites of some freshly hard boiled eggs. If its silver it will take less than an hour an hour to get a really heavy tarnish.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:46 PM
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I have found similar chunks and it was aluminum. Any ashes burn't wood in the dirt with it ?
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:01 PM
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Anybody else see the cats face in the top left of the piece?

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Old 03-13-2018, 03:06 PM
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Anybody else see the cats face in the top left of the piece?
Damned if I don't .. good eye

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Is it flat on the other side or textured like the side shown in the photo?

Looks like it could be melted aluminum but most of that stuff usually has some pretty gnarly corrosion on it in my neck of the woods.

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Old 03-13-2018, 04:11 PM
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These are some I found. All are melted aluminum. Top left has 3 zinc pennies melted into it. All but the bottom right rang up in the zinc penny 74/76 range. The bottom right rang up in the copper penny/dime range of 81/82. Nothing rang up in the 90's. Don't know how the 400 compares to my ATPro as far as the numbers go.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:13 PM
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It looks like melted aluminum to me, but lumps of metal can rarely be identified by looks alone. Is it soft? If so, how soft? Can you mark it with your fingernail? If not, how much pressure does it take to mark it with a flathead screwdriver? Does it react to any chemicals at all? What is it's weight by volume? As far as what it looks like, it appears to not be a native alloy. Seems like it was melted into its current form. Could be any number of things really.
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Anybody else see the cats face in the top left of the piece?
OMG!! Some FIEND melted a poor defenseless CAT!!
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Anybody else see the cats face in the top left of the piece?
Or a reversed image of the heraldic bear on the coat of arms of the city of Berlin 1935-1954.
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Old 03-17-2018, 05:03 PM
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I love melted lumps of metal. They always lead the imagination on wild adventures....
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