The date letter and the traditional fineness marks are no longer compulsory components of the hallmark.
However, we believe that the date letter is a very important component of the hallmark, as it is the easiest way to date an item and research has shown that most of our customers still want to see the traditional fineness mark on the hallmark.
(Also known as Maker's Mark.) This is the registered mark of the company or person that submitted the article for hallmarking.
It is formed of initials of that person or company inside a shield shape. We mark a piece to the lowest standard of alloy content, so it guarantees that the quality of the article is no less than the fineness indicated.
Because of its age and beauty, a piece made from coin can sometimes be worth more than American sterling.
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