More reports are surfacing concerning 10 ounce tungsten filled “gold” bars. I had planned to write this article last month but now it is more relevant in light of this story. What do you need to protect yourself in purchasing gold and silver in the future? I purchased the following supplies for barter/banking considerations after the economic collapse.
First is a scale (or scales):
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This scale would be able to weigh the 10 ounce gold bar. If the dimensions of the gold bar were checked against its specifications. The 10 oz. bar would weigh approximately 9.5 – 9.6 oz depending on the amount of gold covering the tungsten core. Tungsten in the same dimensions as this gold bar would weigh 9.33 oz. A discrepancy of less than 0.1 oz would raise suspicion, let alone 0.4 oz.
But in order to check the dimensions of a suspect product, you need a pair of calipers.
Neiko 01407A Stainless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen and Instant SAE-Metric Conversion
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If the tungsten covered gold bar weighed 10 oz., then the overall dimensions would be larger than the specifications.
But what if you do not know the specifications? When bartering US coins after an economic collapse, this book will be invaluable:
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The economic collapse has occurred and the US dollar has no value. Trade is based on barter (products and services), silver, gold and precious gems. Someone wants to trade with you for a wood stove and the agreed price is 10 ounces of silver. The other party has “junk” silver with a face value of $12.00. How much silver does this represent? Without a scale or the specifications of the appropriate silver coins, you would not know the actual silver content or if the pieces were counterfeit.
Let’s assume that the following distribution:
10 Franklin Half dollars – $5.00
weight: 12.5 g diameter: 30.5 mm
0.900% silver or 0.36169 troy oz silver per coin.
The composition and diameter of the 1964 Kennedy half is the same as the Franklin half but from 1965 through 1970 the silver content was reduced to .400 average or 0.1479 oz silver per coin.
20 Washington Quarters – pre 1965 – $5.00
weight: 6.25 grams diameter: 24.3 mm
0.900% silver or 0.18084 troy oz of silver
20 Roosevelt Dimes – pre 1965 – $2.00
weight: 2.50 grams diameter: 17.9 mm
0.900% silver or 0.07234 troy oz of silver
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This table from Excel shows that this quantity of silver coins has a weight of 9.6456 troy oz of of which ~90% is silver (8.78 troy ounces). If the current price of silver is $100, you have agreed to pay $878 for the wood stove assuming the dollar had any value in relation to silver in the future. This also assumes that the 10% copper content of the coins is not considered.
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Used to detect counterfeit Chinese Silver coins.