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World Hallmarks Jacket CoverThe Hallmark Research Institute
is pleased to present

World Hallmarks
Volume II
Asia, Middle East, Africa

The New Comprehensive Reference on
Gold, Silver, Platinum,and Palladium Hallmarks
From Around the Globe!

Providing unprecedented access to regions practicing
precious metal hallmarking, including
Eurasia, Arabian Gulf Nations,
North Africa and more!

Also included is the reporting on the marking practices
of the non hallmarking countries of the
United States of America, Canada,
China, Mexico, and Australia

View the Table of Contents in PDF

Covering Hallmarks on

Gold - Au,
Silver - Ag,
Platinum - Pt,
Palladium - Pd

From Around the World
World Hallmarks Jacket Cover

World Hallmarks
Volume II
- Asia, Middle East, Africa   

  Volume II Features...

  • Complement to the World Hallmarks Volume I - Europe
  • Most Comprehensive Coverage of Gold, Silver, & Platinum
    Hallmarks Available Today
  • Covered are over 50 Countries Worldwide
  • Vetted by International Experts
  • Included are Regions of Eurasia, South East Asia,
    the Arabian Gulf Nations and more
  • Non-Hallmarking Regions Covered: United States of America, Australia, Canada, China, and Saudi Arabia
  • Instructional Color Section for Understanding Hallmarks
  • Quick Reference Analytical Index to Assist in ID
  • Clear, Newly Rendered Hallmark Graphics
  • Historical Summary of Each Country
  • Examples of Hallmark Layouts
  • Rare and First Time Published Hallmarks
  • Narrative Format for Ease in Understanding
  • Informative Conversion, Language Comparison Reference Section
  • Dedicated Glossary of Hallmark Terms
  • Learn More About Global Precious Metal Hallmarking in this Volume than Any Other Publication Available to Date

This second volume in the World Hallmarks book series is the culmination of years of collaborative work devoted to investigating and reporting on the precious metal hallmarking practices of countries outside of Europe. Designed as a complement to Volume I, which covered Europe, Volume II presents information on hundreds of foreign hallmarks, providing instructional examples that will help to identify thousands more, plus insight to the methodologies used by hallmarking countries which provides a broader reference base for recognizing hallmarks worldwide. Together, Volumes I & II cover marks from over 90 countries, from the 19th to 21st Centuries, with more specific gold, silver, platinum and palladium mark information than in any other publications available to date.

ISBN 0979762855, 9780979762857, ASIN 0979762820

hallmark book


World Hallmarks
Volume II
Asia, Middle East, Africa

$228 USD

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What is a Hallmark?

Hallmarks are symbols stamped or laser inscribed on precious metal reflecting the results of the independent metal testing imposed by hallmarking countries to convey the precious metal purity of that item as well as the country of origin, metal type, and often more. Hallmarks are NOT marks of fineness placed there by the maker and/or their trademark.  
The United States does not have a hallmarking system in place, it does not require the independent testing of precious metals, and it does not have strict regulations on marking. Use of the word 'hallmarks or hallmarking' for any marks on precious metals other than those representing regulated purity testing in national standardized marking methodology is a misuse of the term and to be considered misleading.
The World Hallmarks book series focus on the unique hallmarks found in hallmarking countries around the world.


    Currently HRI is in the Final Stages of Completion for the

    Hallmark Research Institute's

    Hallmark Resource Data Repository (HRDR)

    The Complete and Remaining Bibliography
    Supplement for Volume II

    The Bibliography included in Volume II is limited to the books accessed for the research
    of this publication. The extended bibliography with citations, documents, links, articles to be
    noted will be available online and as a downloadable supplement when completed. Until then, if there are any queries or source requests, please use our questions page to ask.

    Thank you for your patience.

Early Feedback on Volume II... 
    THANK YOU for taking the time to email with such enthusiasm!

Another heroic endeavor! Thank you for making the variants and alternates so clear.

Nancy Martin


Congratulations on a fantastic book!

My copy arrived today and is all I hoped it would be and much more! An excellent addition to the first volume but more importantly a stand-alone volume on areas not touched on in the English language. The information contained is comprehensive, easy to read and covers most marks I see in my day job as an appraiser as well as covering some queries I get in my other role as curator at the Birmingham Assay Office. To my mind if you do not have access to both these volumes you have no right to call yourself an appraiser!

Keep up the good work and please stay in touch with any other information of forthcoming publications or talks in the U.K.

Kindest regards
Craig O’Donnell


The 2nd Volume is great, I am really enjoying reading the book. I must congratulate you and your team for the effort put in compiling the information.

Regards Amit Kapoor


When I think of the time, patience, and insane attention to detail that went into every single page of the book, I am absolutely stunned. And I can't help but think that people who handle precious metal items from those parts of the world will be completely beside themselves, finally having all this information in one place, presented so clearly.

Martha Trachtenberg
Moderator of the SilverForum
Former Assistant Editor of Modernsilver.com


World Hallmarks books can also be purchased through the following venues...


Scriptum Art

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
(NAJA members only), USA


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