Dating london silver hallmarks
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Within a group of nations which are signatories to an international convention known as the Vienna Convention on the Control of the Fineness and the Hallmarking of Precious Metal Objects, additional, optional yet official, marks may also be struck by the assay office.
These can ease import obligations among and between the signatory states.
In a more general sense, the term hallmark can also be used to refer to any distinguishing characteristic.This is no longer so, but it can be applied voluntarily in addition to the compulsory marks.Commemorative Mark One example is the Millennium Mark which will be applied to precious metals by the four UK Assay Offices during 19.The use of hallmarks, at first on silver, has a long history dating back to the 4th century AD — there is evidence of silver bars marked under authority of the Emperor Augustinian around AD 350 — and represents the oldest known form of consumer protection.A series or system of five marks has been found on Byzantine silver dating from this period, though their interpretation is still not completely resolved.