Frequently Asked Questions | Goldanalytix

Here you find answers to the most frequently asked questions on all topics related to precious metal testing. The questions and answers are neatly arranged according to key topics - so you can find what you are looking for very quickly.


How long does the battery of my GoldScreenSensor/GoldScreenPen last and can I replace it myself?

The battery lasts for over 10 hours of active use. The charging process takes about 2 hours.

If you would like to have the battery of your device changed, please contact us and we will do it for you.

Does the conductance of Ag 999 and Ag 9999 differ?

In fact, the nominal value of 9999 silver with approx. 62 MS/m is slightly higher than that of 999 silver with 60.5 MS/m. Of course, when measured in practice, the values deviate slightly from the nominal value due to temperature, minting and packaging.
Coins with the fineness 9999 can therefore be in the higher green and sometimes also in the yellow zone.
Silver coins with "only" 999 of 1000 parts of silver are now and then in the lower green or even in the zone of copper (displayed on the GoldScreenSensor).

Why is the conductance of my silver coin below the target value?

In some silver coins (fineness 999) there are "impurities" in the last thousandth in the sense of e.g. iron or nickel, which can be traced back to unclean production methods in the past. The classic coin for this is the Krugerrand silver (conductivity: approx. 55 - 60 MS/m). This means that the coin often slips into the copper range or below on the GoldScreenSensor, although it is real.
Additional measuring methods will confirm the authenticity of the coin.

The same effect can also be seen with other objects such as the silver coin "Tokelau 4th Edition Terra | Earth 2021".

Why does my brand new fine gold coin (9999) have too high a conductivity?

For some new fine gold investment coins (e.g. Kangaroo 2021, Lunnar Series III 2021) the measurements are at the upper end of the spectrum (mostly 46 to 48.5 MS/m). Thus, some coins show too high values, even though they are real. This is probably due to a new type of coating on the coins, which is supposed to protect them from damage. Therefore, if the dimensions and weight are correct, there is no need to worry.

How do the GoldScreenSensor and GoldScreenPen work?

The GoldScreenSensor and the GoldScreenPen measure the conductivity of your precious metal object using eddy current testing. The coil of the respective device induces a magnetic field that creates eddy currents in the object. This allows the conductivity to be determined, which the tester outputs in megasiemens per metre.

Each precious metal has a specific conductivity, therefore contamination would be immediately noticeable in a measurement. If a precious metal is underalloyed or has a core of foreign metal, our devices show you this with a target/actual value comparison. The GoldScreenSensor additionally gives you the result in the form of a coloured illustration of green and text, which metal/alloy the material could be.

What do I have to look for when measuring with the GoldScreenPen?

When measuring, it is important not to measure only at one point, but to always take measurements at several points on the object for the test. In addition, you should take care not to press on the tip of the GoldScreenPen, but only to place it on the object. Otherwise, the GoldScreenPen may measure its own metal tip. In order to obtain an accurate measurement result, the measuring tip must be in full contact with the test specimen and not only in partial contact, otherwise the device will measure air and this can distort the measurement result. With extremely small or small-limbed pieces, no clear result can be delivered.

In addition, it is important to pay attention to the size/thickness of the object, because if the test piece is too large, the GoldScreenPen can no longer identify all forgeries, as the penetration depth could be too shallow. Therefore, please use the GoldScreenPen only for bars and coins up to 1 ounce. In addition, at least one other measuring method should be used (e.g. calipers and precision scales).

When is the GoldScreenSensor/GoldScreenPen device worthwhile?
The GoldScreenSensor or the GoldScreenPen are worthwhile if you like to buy coins, bars and jewellery from private individuals or want to safely check your stock. With the unique way the devices work, you can protect yourself from fraudsters. Even with little expertise, our devices are easy to use and the results are easy to interpret.

Caution: In the case of a counterfeit, you are not only threatened with high financial losses, because if you knowingly or even unknowingly resell the counterfeit gold, you may also make yourself liable to prosecution!
Does the GoldScreenPen indicate the carat number?

No. The GoldScreenPen measures the conductivity (like the GoldScreenSensor) and is therefore ideal for counterfeit detection of coins, bars and silverware. Sub-alloys or the exact carat number cannot be measured with a carat number smaller than 21, because the conductance values ​​of these alloys only decrease very slightly with decreasing gold content.

The CaratScreenPen measures the carat number of gold objects, and therefore is the best method to detemine the carat number. The Goldanalytix test acids or the density scale are also methods to determine the carat number.

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