Category Archives: Silver

Information on Silver Refining

Silver Recovery, Recycling & Refining from Medical X-Ray Film

Are you a hospital or medical group and have x-ray film?

Here are some preliminary questions that is helpful for us to create a custom estimate and program for recycling x-ray film for the silver content.

  1. Approximately how many pounds of film do you have to recover?  Is this a one-time purge, or do you need service on a regular basis? We weigh X-ray film out of any paper jackets and recommend that you have at least 300-400 pounds of film before you have it refined.
  1. How is the x-ray film contained?  In drums, boxes?  We have containers available, if needed.
  1. Is it clean film or with paper?  (Jackets, etc.)?
  1. And, is there a loading dock available or are there any stairs involved in loading.

x-ray-refining

We follow all HIPAA guidelines when performing x-ray film recovery and destruction to properly recycle large amounts of sensitive x-ray films. We follow a strict process where all x-rays are destroyed within 10 days of receipt at our own secure facility. Certificates of Destruction are also available upon request and we carry both general and environmental liability insurance to protect our customers and our business.

We also provide on-site pick up in 8 states and can assist in finding low-cost freight options from other areas in the U.S. Our onsite pick up areas include: Missouri, Alabama, Florida (Northern Counties), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Please contact us about your x-ray material.

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WM Rogers Silverware | What is Brazilian Silver?

Hi I have eight pieces of old WM Rogers silverware and two knives made of Solid Brazilian Silver. What is this worth? – Alex in Birmingham, AL

Thank you for your inquiry.  Many Wm Rogers (Rogers & Brothers) patterns are silver-plated and some are sterling.  Please look on the back of one of your pieces and see if it has the hallmark or word “sterling” or the numbers “925”.  If it doesn’t, more than likely it is silver plated and unfortunately, we cannot offer returns on silver plated material, unless you have 50 lbs or more of silver plated flatware.

Also, “Solid Brazilian Silver” is a name used for nickel silver, also called German silver; it has the appearance of a silvery-white color, but actually contains no silver at all.  Typically, it is made up of copper, nickel and zinc.

sterling silverware value

If you determine your WM Rogers flatware is sterling, please feel free to request an estimate with the weight of your pieces, excluding any knives (but please give the count of how many knives you have, for example (8) knives).

* Please keep in mind that we are not a antique dealer and cannot give estimates based on the value of collectable, rare or vintage antiques. As a precious metal refiner, we only give estimates based on the weight of items and the amount of precious metal available for recovery.

* Blog estimates are given on a case by case basis and are not Arch’s final settlement price. Any prices or estimates in blog articles are based on the precious metal prices at the time of the post and can change on a daily basis as the price of precious metals change.

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Pre 1968 Canadian Silver Coins

QUESTION:
I have 13 avoirdupois pounds of Canadian coins that are dated before 1968. These are all from the Canadian Mint. What can you give me for these? – From Bridget in Maine

ANSWER:
Hi Bridget,

Pre 1968 Canadian Silver Coins

Pre 1968 Canadian Silver Coins

Thank you for your inquiry.  Depending on circulation, for Canadian coins up to the year 1967, the silver content was 80% silver by weight.  During the year 1967, the silver composition of circulating coins was reduced from 80% to 50%.  As such, coins were minted that look identical, but are composed of either 80 or 50 percent silver.  If any of your coins are dated 1967, then the silver content could vary and the estimate quoted below would be different.

Based on the day we receive your shipment at our refinery, we return 80% of the N.Y. Comex Spot market based price of Silver per troy ounce. As of right now, the Spot price of Silver is $17.33, per troy ounce.  There are 14.583 troy ounces to every Avoirdupois Pound. Based on this, here is the process that we use to calculate payment.

FIRST TO FIND THE FIND SILVER CONTENT
13 lbs. x 14.583 troy ounces = 189.579 troy ounces x 80% silver content = 151.66 troy ounces of fine silver content

PAYMENT
151.66 troy ounces x $17.33 Spot = $2,628.27 x .80 = $2,102.62, your return, had we received your coins today at the refinery.

Thank you for your question. Please contact us if you would like to send us your material.

 

* Please keep in mind that we are not a coin dealer and cannot give estimates based on the value of collectable, rare or vintage coins. As a precious metal refiner, we only give estimates based on the weight of items and the amount of precious metal available for recovery.

* Blog estimates are given on a case by case basis and are not Arch’s final settlement price. Any prices or estimates in blog articles are based on the precious metal prices at the time of the post and can change on a daily basis as the price of precious metals change.

* Read our disclaimer

20 Pounds of Silver Contacts Refining Estimate

Q: Hi, I have 20 pounds of silver contacts. Please let me know if you take this material and how much my return will be. – From Dawn in Modesto, California

A: Thanks for your question! We get a range of silver contacts to refine. Your 20 pounds of material meets our volume requirements for silver contacts. Silver bearing contacts vary widely in silver content. Typically, the best and worst case scenarios are anywhere from 35 to 90 percent silver.

We can return 65% of the silver dollar value back to the customer. This percentage is due to the presence of cadmium, which emits a potentiality harmful gas when melted. If cadmium is present we must process with an oxidizing wet process. If you choose to ship your material to us for processing, we will analyze and contact you with the silver percentage before processing. Then, with customers consent, we will process and pay for the material. We work as quickly as possible for a fast turnaround for our customers. From the time that we receive your material, it will take approximately 5 business days for us to mail payment.

Thank you for your inquiry and for considering Arch!

* Blog estimates are given on a case by case basis and are not Arch’s final settlement price. Any prices or estimates in blog articles are based on the precious metal prices at the time of the post and can change on a daily basis as the price of precious metals change.

* Read our disclaimer

 

10KG of Silver Oxide Batteries Refining Estimate

Q: I have 10KG of silver cell batteries. Do you take this material? — From James in Arlington, TX

Refine Silver Oxide Batteries

Refine Silver Oxide Batteries

A: Thank you for your inquiry! YES, Arch does refine the silver from silver oxide batteries.

The first item to note is that we do not accept co-mingled lots, so you will have to separate these batteries out if they are among other items or other types of batteries. We do not accept lithium batteries for example.

Depending on the volume that is sent in for refining, we typically pay $16 to $25, per pound of silver oxide batteries.  So for your 10 KG (which converts to 22 lbs) we would pay with a Spot price of Silver being today at $18.32 the following:

(22 lbs of Silver Oxide batteries x $27.93, per pound = $614.46, back to you, had we received your batteries today at our refinery)

Thank you for your question! Please let us know if we can be of service.

Please Note:  there is a 5 pound minimum for Silver Oxide Batteries.

* Images displayed are only a representation of the items described in this blog post and may not be true images of the items in question.

* While we are happy to give estimates on precious metal items, we are NOT antiques dealers, researchers, or retail sellers. As a precious metal refiner, we only consider the weight and amount of precious metal available to extract during the smelting and refining process.

* Blog estimates are given on a case by case basis and are not Arch’s final settlement price. Any prices or estimates in blog articles are based on the precious metal prices at the time of the post and can change on a daily basis as the price of precious metals change.

* Read our disclaimer