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Buy Sterling Silver from United Coins & Precious Metals

We Buy Sterling Silver

United Coin & Precious Metals buys sterling silver Tea Services and flatware. We consider ourselves the most motivated “precious metals buyer” in San Diego County and pay top dollar, even for broken or damaged items.

  • Tea Service
  • Flatware

We also buy sterling silver jewelry (for more on fine jewelry, visit our We Buy Fine Jewelry) page.

Honest Appraisals, Best Prices

Our goal is to inform customers of their options and the value of the items they bring in so they know they are getting the best price. We offer free local appraisals for sterling silver tea services and flatware. We also do sterling silver appraisals for bankruptcy court, divorce settlements, and insurance purposes.

What to Know About Selling Your Sterling Silver

Our best advice to anyone selling sterling silver tea services or flatware (either theirs or from a loved one’s estate) is to do your homework, especially if this is your first time selling.


We use the current market price of sterling silver to determine our buying price. We also factor in the weight and purity of the silver. Purity: Sterling silver is an alloy made up of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Make sure you look for the “925” hallmark, which indicates that your item is made of sterling silver.

Testing for Authenticity

When buying sterling silver, we want to ensure that we’re buying an authentic sterling silver piece. We may test your sterling silver items to ensure they are genuine sterling silver, and will discuss those methods with you before doing any testing. We check for hallmarks and quality marks that indicate that the item is made of genuine sterling silver. If you have a certificate of authenticity to verify the quality of the silver, that’s a plus as well.


Condition of the sterling silver is important when determining buying price. Sterling silver tarnishes over time due to exposure to air, moisture, and other environmental factors, and this can affect price.

Design and Style

Sterling silver is a popular choice for tea services and silverware because it can be shaped into a variety of designs. Be aware that design and style can affect price.

Appraisal Process

United Coin & Precious Metals appraises everything we buy or sell in accordance with the highest standards and transparency. When you sell us your sterling silver, we appraise it in front of you. Each piece is weighed, measured, and described in detail.

Is It Valuable?

If you are unsure whether your item is valuable, give us a call or drop by our La Jolla, California showroom. We’ll be glad to check it out and give you a fast, honest appraisal of what it’s worth – and if we like it, we will make an offer on the spot.

Founded in 2012 | We Buy, Sell, Appraise, Consult

Contact us today: 858-412-6462

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