How to Find the Value of 1/10th 10K Gold – and Other “Fractional Gold Plated” Jewelry Pieces




Fractional Gold-Plated Marking – 1/10th 10k

It doesn’t take much looking through old trinkets like jewelry, pins, cuff-links, even vintage pen and pencil sets, before running across this somewhat confusing gold marking… 1/10th 10K.

Now the markings you’ve seen might not match that exactly, maybe you’ve seen something that said 1/10th 14K, 1/20th 12K, or even the super-confusing, “14K/20” and the like.

All of these markings are in the same category of gold jewelry marks and so we can automatically assume the following:

  • The piece that is marked is gold-plated, NOT solid gold
  • These markings always contain two parts, a FRACTION, and a GOLD KARAT PURITY
  • The FRACTION refers to the AMOUNT OF GOLD USED TO PLATE THE ITEM, in relation to the OVERALL WEIGHT OF THE ITEM
  • The KARAT PURITY is an indication of the gold content in the gold used

Examples:
Say you have a gold-plated tie tack marked “1/10th 10K”, all this really means is that “one-tenth of the total weight IS 10 Karat Gold!”.

On a watch case marked “1/20th 12K”… 1/20th of the weight of the watch case is equal to the amount of 12k gold used to plate the watch case (and thus, the amount of gold it originally contained).

Markings like “14K/20” seem confusing, but this is just another form of the fractional marking “1/20th 14K”.  These “compressed fractional markings” are often found on pieces that have minimal space for any marks at all.

 

Now that we’ve got some killer knowledge out of the way — we can put all the mumbo-jumbo above together and have the educational foundation to find the value of ANY Fractional Gold-Plated item we come across.

 

Here’s How to Find the Value of Fractional Gold-Plated Items:

Step 1:
Figure out HOW MUCH GOLD the item contains AND the GOLD PURITY.

Step 2:
Find the Current Gold Price for that specific GOLD PURITY.

Step 3:
Multiply the CURRENT GOLD PRICE (Step 2) with the GOLD CONTENT (Step 1).

In-Depth:

Step 1:
The GOLD CONTENT of the item is equal to the fraction marking MULTIPLIED BY the TOTAL WEIGHT of the item.
Example: If a gold-plated pin is marked “1/10th 10k” and the pin weighs 3.1 Grams, the GOLD CONTENT is 1/10th of 3.1 Grams or 0.31 Grams (of 10k Gold).

Step 2:
Use the Current Gold Price Calculator at GoldJewelryPrices.com to quickly find out the current melt value of a specific gold karat purity.  Find the value of 1 GRAM of whatever purity is marked on the item.
Example: If the item is marked “1/10th 10k”, use the calculator linked above to find the current value for 1 GRAM of 10K Gold.

NOTE: Gold Price and Gold Weight should be designated in the same weight unit.  I normally stick with GRAMS when weighing and valuing gold jewelry since it is easy and straightforward.

Step 3:
MATH, YAY!  Ok, this is easy… take the GOLD CONTENT from Step 1 and MULTIPLY it by the GOLD VALUE from Step 2.
Example: As I write this, 1 GRAM of 10K Gold is worth $16.18.  If we have 0.31 Grams of 10K Gold (Step 1) and 10K Gold is worth $16.18 per gram (Step 2), we have:

0.31 Grams of 10K Gold  x  $16.18 per Gram  = ~ $5.02 Gold Value

 

Here’s another quick example…

Say you’ve got a pocket watch case.  It’s marked “1/20th 14k” and weighs 35.8 Grams.

Step 1:
Gold Content = 1/20th of 35.8 Grams  =  35.8 / 20  =  1.79 Grams

Step 2:
14K Gold Value (per the calculator at GoldJewelryPrices.com): $22.64 per Gram

Step 3:
1.79 Grams x $22.64 per Gram  =~  $40.53

 

Who knew there could be SO MUCH GOLD in a pocket watch case!  Now you can see the beauty and power of knowing how to calculate the gold value in fractional-plated items.  You also know why I’ve spent so much time explaining the finer details… This is a very powerful and PROFITABLE tool to have in your gold scrapping arsenal.

So now you can figure out the gold value in all sorts of gold-plated items.  I hope this opens up a new world of possibilities for you.  🙂

Happy Hunting!

 




Current Melt Prices of Gold Bullion Coins

Since gold prices continue to center of attention in the news and there is a large need to know the current melt value of gold, I thought this post would be a nice addition to the site in an attempt to help you find the current melt values of popular gold bullion coins.

In the tables below you will find the most popular gold coins along with their current melt values (updated in real time). We’ve included the American Eagle gold coins, Chinese Panda, Canadian Maple Leaf, South African Krugerrand, and even the Australian Kangaroo, and Austrian Philharmonic gold coins. Feel free to contact us if you want to see the melt values of any other gold coins here.

Please keep in mind this information is for reference and only calculates the current price of the physical gold in each coin. Due to the costs involved in minting coins and continued investor demand, these coins will typically sell for more than the values listed here. Think of this as a basis (or starting point) when calculating the current value of gold coins.

American Buffalo Gold Coins

Purity: 99.99%
Weight: 1 ounce
The American Buffalo gold coin is America’s response to investors demanding coins with a higher purity than the standard 22 karat gold Eagle.
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1 Ounce $50 $0.00
American Eagle Gold Coins

Purity: 91.6% (22 Karat Gold)
Weight: From 1/10th ounce up to 1 ounce
The American Gold Eagle coin is one of the most popular and highly collected gold bullion coins of all time…
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1/10 Ounce $5 $0.00
1/4 Ounce $10 $0.00
1/2 Ounce $25 $0.00
1 Ounce $50 $0.00
Australian Kangaroo Gold Coins

Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 1 ounce
The Australian Kangaroo gold coins are designed and minted by the famous Australian Perth Mint and feature a redesigned reverse each year. They’ve offered a new design every year since 1990, which is when the Kangaroo coins first started. Not as many of these coins are minted annually as coins from other government owned mints, so they are partly made to encourage gold ownership and also as a numismatic (collectible) coin.

These coins are legal tender from the Perth Mint in Australia. They contain at least .999 pure gold and usually come in a plastic holder from the Perth Mint.

Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1/10 Ounce $0.00
1 Ounce $100 $0.00
Austrian Philharmonic Gold Coins

Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 1/10th of an ounce or 1 ounce
These coins are a beautiful example of gold bullion that is recognized all over the world. They are produced by the Austrian Mint in Vienna and were the best selling of all gold coins for several years in the early 1990’s. It’s not until recently that they have become a desired gold coin in the United States, although their popularity is growning fast. Older Austrian Philharmonic coins have a face value of 2000 schillings while the newer coins are marked 100 Euros. They contain .9999 pure gold.
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1 Ounce 2000 Schillings/100 Euros $0.00
Canadian Maple Leaf Gold Coins

Purity: 99.99%
Weight: From 1/20th of an ounce up to 1 ounce
Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins are minted from gold mined in Canada and are highly collectible due to being the most pure gold coin available…
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1/20 Ounce $0.00
1/10 Ounce $5 $0.00
1/4 Ounce $0.00
1/2 Ounce $20 $0.00
1 Ounce $50 $0.00
Chinese Panda Gold Coins

Purity: 99.9%
Weight: From 1/20th of an ounce up to 1 ounce
The design of the Chinese Panda gold coins has changed every year (except for 2001-2002), which has made them highly collectible among investors and coin collectors alike
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1/20 Ounce $0.00
1/10 Ounce $0.00
1/4 Ounce $0.00
1/2 Ounce $0.00
1 Ounce $0.00
South African Krugerrand Gold Coins

Purity: 91.6% (22 Karat Gold)
Weight: From 1/10th ounce up to 1 ounce
This is one of the most popular and most recognized gold bullion coin.
Coin Weight Denomination Current Melt Value
1/10 Ounce $0.00
1/4 Ounce $0.00
1/2 Ounce $0.00
1 Ounce $0.00

Thanks for checking us out… Remember, this site is 100% free and we intend to keep it that way. Stay tuned as we add more gold related tools and info including more information about gold jewelry and a new section with melt values for popular US gold coins (like the St. Gaudens Double Eagle).