FAQ

The Silver Art Collector website was created for the purpose of helping collectors identify and catalog their silver art items, as well as create a community where collectors and hobbyists could meet and discuss their passion for silver art.

The site has two main components.  The master database which is used for identifying silver art items and the collection manager which is used for cataloging your collection.  The site is free for all users, and you can get started simply by registering and creating an account.  Once you have created an account, you can then “Browse” the items in the master database or you can “Search” for a particular item by putting in a search term related to your item.  Once you have found an item that you own and would like to add it to your collection manager, you can simply click on the “Add to my Collection” link to put the item in your collection. Once you do that, you will be taken to the item details screen where you can then input personal information about your item such as when you purchased it, how much you paid, etc. There is also a notes section in case you want to make some notes about the item such as maybe who gave it to you or which binder you have it stored in.

The Silver Art Collector website is a community-driven site, both in ideas/suggestions and in data growth.  All users, once registered, can help out by submitting new items that aren’t already in our database, or perhaps sending us a message about an error or correction that is found.  You can also help out by joining our Facebook Page and Group by clicking on the links at the top of the home page.

Submitting a new item is quite easy. Once you have created an account and have logged in, you can click on the “Submit Item” link in the top right hand corner which will take you to the submit item screen. When submitting an item, the goal is to provide detail and accuracy. One of the first things to do is to check that the item isn’t already in the database. You can do this by browsing for the item or searching for it. Once you feel that the item is not in the database, you can move forward with adding the item.  Using resources such as the guides listed on the “Books” page or information from the many forums out there will help to fill in the blanks many times when something about an item is unknown.  However, if you don’t know something such as a mintage or the year, simply leave blank or if it is a required field then just enter “Unknown” in the field. When adding the pictures, try to use clear pictures that show both the Obverse and the Reverse of the item.  Pictures should be around 500k in size or smaller, but not so small that detail can’t be seen. Once an item is submitted, one of the admins will review the item and approve or deny it.  Some of the reasons for denying an item would be a duplicate item, or perhaps not enough information.  Almost always though the item is approved and becomes part of the master database.

The Reverse Type refers to the “Reverse” of a silver art item. Many times, there will be different varieties of an item that has the same “Obverse” and a different “Reverse”, which creates a separate item even though the obverse is the same. Mints use different reverses throughout their minting process, and sometimes many items have an “Individual” reverse instead of a standard reverse type. This means that the reverse of that item is ONLY on that item. Reverse Types can be confusing sometimes, especially without the aid of one of the Archie Kidd books. Please refer to the “Reverse Type” resource page for further explanation.