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The date letters below show the background shape for silver.
The same letters were used for Gold, which has been marked in Birmingham since 1824, but with a background of a square with cut corners.
This helped to protect the consumer, for if it was determined that the silver object was not actually pure enough to be marked as silver, the culprit could be found and punishment could be meted out.
For example, due to the very simplistic font currently in use, it was decided that the letter ‘i’ should be omitted in 2008, with ‘j’ used instead and ‘l’ used in 2010.
In Part I, I gave a brief history of the development of the British silverplating industry in the 18th and 19th centuries.