Krugerrand Tester

Gold is at record highs, protect your investment with a Krugerrand Tester. Krugerrand specifications are readily available to help buyers spot that fake Krugerrand. You can either get a scale and ruler, and measure yourself, or you can use a precision tester, such as the one manufactured by Fisch instruments, to make the testing quick and easy. Weighted to match the specific gravity of gold in each denomination, and then aligned to the correct dimensions for width and maximum diameter, the Fisch allows you to test for a fake Krugerrand anywhere. Dragging a scale down to the flea market could be a chore, but this Krugerrand tester can fit easily in your pocket. There are separate testers for each weight, however carrying the lot of them in the case is very convenient, and you're not looking up weights and measures since the characteristics are all carefully built into the the device.

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Fisch Fake Coin Detector for the Gold USA Arts Medallion 1 2 oz
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Fisch Fake Coin Detector for the Gold Krugerrand
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Fisch Fake Coin Detector for the Gold Krugerrand 1 4 oz South Africa
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This Krugerrand tester takes the guesswork out of the process, and the clever engineering makes the process almost fool proof. If you'd like to see a video demo, just click the picture at the beginning of this article. The Fisch will detect a counterfeit coin that is the correct width and diameter, but but underweight, a fake Krugerrand with the correct weight, but that is oversized, or the fake Krugerrands that are both too small and too light. From Fisch website:

A fake made from lead to exactly the same thickness and diameter as a genuine Krugerrand would be 35% lighter than the genuine coin. If made the correct weight and diameter, it would be 54% too thick. The Fisch is a precision made instrument that checks the vital measurements of a specific coin: These are the minimum allowable weight, maximum allowable thickness, maximum allowable diameter and the shape as specified by the issuing mint.

Gold Krugerrand Ferret recommends that you buy from gold dealers who specialize in Krugerrands, and that you make use of authentication services such as Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). In the absence of a dealer and a graded coin, the Fisch Instruments Krugerrand Tester is like having a little gold coin dealer in your pocket.

***UPDATE: Got an comment from an alert reader- Fred, about FAKE FISCH Testers for sale on eBay. You can tell because they don't have the Fisch logo on them and are lighter than the genuine testers. The creator of the Fisch responded via email, here it is courtesy of the Kitco Forum:

Thanks for writing. I appreciate greatly that you have sent me such detailed information on this.

Yes, it is a fake. I have reported it to eBay.

A genuine Fisch gauge has either the Fisch logo or, in a few cases, the name "The Fisch" on the front panel.

Here is what I am in the process of putting on the website:

Don’t Buy Fake Fisch.

To protect yourself, only buy The Fisch from this website.

The fake Fisch does not have the Fisch logo or the name “The Fisch” on the front panel of the gauge. Not surprisingly, it does not have the same finish.

The Fisch is a precision instrument with a lot of care, time and money taken in its manufacture. It is not something that you can just “knock off”. Someone who merely copies it is not going to have the interest or inclination to get it right. Nor are they going to be prepared to invest in the quality tooling needed. There is no money in doing it right.

A guy on eBay, who uses the name “slomskicorp”, claims that he has a supply of Fisch Wallets bought from a dealer who was going out of business. It seems he was also trying to sell on Craigslist in Chicago, LA & San Diego.

As gold buyers are a sharp bunch he has been outed very quickly. So now he is trying to backtrack. He has deleted the name “Fisch” from his eBay listing, but his demo still says “Testing a gold coin with Fisch Instruments”. The Instruction Card and the Wallet are copies of the real thing. He has also deleted his listings on Craigslist. I have reported him to eBay.

But he will try to continue trade on the Fisch name where he thinks he can get away with it. For without using the Fisch name, he has nothing. The more I think about it, the more irritated I get. Here is a name and product that has 29 years of work in it: Firstly getting the Fisch right, then the years getting it accepted and used by mints, banks, dealers and investors in over 40 countries. And now, along comes this opportunist who steals the design, steals the name and misrepresents his inferior knock off as the Fisch.

Just the sort of guy you want to avoid doing business with. Definitely when it is something as important as to whether a gold coin is fake or not.

Ken Rutherford
info@fisch.co.za

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