Gold and Silver Bullion
Detect fraud and prevent loss from counterfeit gold and silver
tungsten and base metal inserts
Bullion fraud is a global problem
Tungsten is the same density as gold. Simple combinations of low cost metals, usually lead / tin, can be alloyed to match the density of silver.
10oz tungsten bar encased
in a gold shell
Silver bullion cored and
filled with lead alloy
Hollowed cast bars packed
with tungsten rods
Heated "Engelhard" bar
reveals lead and tin
Genuine Metalor kilobar
with drilled inserts
Silver plated copies flood
online market places
Ultrasonic verification is the solution
The only conclusive non-destructive test to detect replica counterfeit bullion is by verification of ultrasonic properties. To safeguard precious metals investments, purchase fine bars and test them with ultrasound.
ultrasonic testing for gold and silver bullion and bars
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5MHz 8mm Probe
Glycerol Coupling Gel
Ultrasonic testing is not recommended for coins. Heavily embossed surfaces can make coupling problematic and results may be inconsistent
Jewellery and Scrap
In most cases ultrasound can not be used to determine if jewellery and scrap is solid or plated. A touchstone and acid is more suitable.
Karat and Purity Analysis
Ultrasound not does provide assays for metal purity and alloy composition. It is used to test the inner consistency of bars and bullion.
non-destructive ultrasonic testing
How it Works
Ultrasonic testing measures the velocity of sound in a solid and the distance it travels. Sound velocity is dependent on the elasticity and density of metal. Differences of those properties between bullion metals, and the low cost metals used to counterfeit them, guarantees authentication.
The distance ultrasonic pulses travel through gold and silver bars is compared with the physical width of the bar.
For example: A PAMP Suisse 10oz gold bar has an actual thickness of 8.3mm. If that bar was comprised of tungsten instead of gold, then the ultrasonic thickness would be 5.2mm. The difference between the real thickness and the ultrasonic thickness, is the proportion that the sound velocity for tungsten (5170 m/s) is faster than the sound velocity for gold (3240 m/s). If the actual dimensions of the bullion being tested are not known by mint certificates then a ruler, vernier caliper, or micrometer can be used. Any ultrasonic measurement that varies more than 5% from the known thickness warrants further investigation.
Additionally, if bars contain inserts, ultrasonic pulses emitted from the probe will reflect back at the metal interfaces. Results will be inconsistent and differ significantly from physical thickness to indicate potential fraud.
View these short videos for more information.
testing genuine gold bullion
testing a fake silver bar
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The device should arrive within 10 business days to most parts of the world. You will be sent a tracking number. If tracking shows the package has arrived but you have not received the item, check your local post office. Our couriers leave parcels at the nearest post office if the receiver is not home at the time of delivery.
The package for shipping is free of branding. On customs documents the unit is described as metal test gauge.
Due to freight restrictions the device is shipped without batteries. It requires 4 AA cells.
Coupling gel is included in the kit. Replacement ultrasound gel can be bought from pharmacists. Hand sanitising lotion also works well, and can be found in supermarkets.
All common gold, silver and platinum bullion and bars with a flat surface and testing thickness greater than 1.5mm can be tested. Note that some cast (poured) silver bars thicker than 25mm can have strong attenuation properties which can make readings difficult. It is usually possible to test 100oz cast silver bars, however 1kg is the recommended size for investors.
Enquire for testing very large bars.
Sections to be tested must have at least 8mm diameter at the surface without heavy embossing or stamping. This is to ensure a reliable coupling for the probe.
1oz – 100oz cast gold bars
1oz – 100oz minted gold bars
5oz – 1kg cast silver bars
5oz – 100oz minted silver bars
5oz – 100oz minted platinum bars
Ultrasound testing will not working reliably on coins, jewellery and scrap.
No. Ultrasonic pulses are adversely affected by plastic packaging or cases. The sound waves are reflected at the interface between the plastic and metal and returned to the probe which will give a nonsense reading.
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Gauge: 1 year
Probe: 90 days
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