These Easy-to-Overlook Items Contain Platinum!

You know what to look for when you are hunting for platinum and platinum scrap, right? You’re looking for platinum engagement and wedding rings, right? Or you might focus on floor and bench sweepings from factories where platinum jewelry was manufactured.

Yes, those are good places to find platinum scrap that we can profitably recycle for you. But are you overlooking these other common items that can contain platinum? Let’s find out.

Platinum Pens and Mechanical Pencils

Over the years, lots of high-quality pens and pencils have been made of platinum. They include fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and mechanical pencils. Remember that platinum and silver are both white metals that can be difficult to tell apart by eye, but that platinum is more valuable. So if you find some older writing implements that are made of white metal, give us a call at 800-426-2344 and let us tell you what they are. 

Platinum Bullion Coins

The U.S. Mint still makes platinum bullion coins, including the American Eagle, which contains one Troy Ounce of platinum. It is unlikely that you will find one of these coins rolling around in a dresser drawer, because they are currently selling for a bit more than $1,100. But you never know. If you come across any unfamiliar white-colored coins that are not silver dollars or silver half dollars, give us a call at 800-426-2344 and talk over your discovery with one of our precious metals consultants.

Platinum Cigarette Boxes and other Smoking Accessories

Platinum has often been used in cigarette boxes, lighter cases, cigarette and cigar holders, cigar cutters, and other smoking accessories. Now that smoking is becoming less popular, a number of these items are “washing back” onto the marketplace. You can find them for sale on eBay, and in antique stores, pawnshops and other stores where used items go on sale. They too can look like silver. Call us and we can help you tell the difference.

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Platinum Personal Accessories

Keep your eyes open and you will find platinum money clips, business-card cases, combs and hair brushes, penknife cases, golf accessories, and many other unexpected items. It you find anything that is made of white metal, give us a call at 800-426-2344 to learn more.

There’s a Boom Happening in Platinum Scrap

It seems that more and more small platinum items are changing hands these days. Perhaps that is because higher divorce rates are causing platinum wedding and engagement rings to be sold, or because tobacco is declining in popularity.

Whatever the cause, the fact is that you will probably find more platinum items for sale today than you did only a few years ago. When you do, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344 and ask how you can turn your discoveries into cash. 

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