Any person making for sale, selling, or offering to sell or dispose of, or having
in possession with intent to sell or dispose of, any article of merchandise made in
whole or in part of silver or of any alloy of silver and having marked, stamped, branded,
engraved, or imprinted thereon, or upon any tag, card, or label attached thereto,
or upon any box, package, cover, or wrapper in which such article is enclosed, the
words “coin” or “coin silver”, or any colorable imitation thereof, unless nine hundred
one-thousandths of the component parts of the metal appearing or purporting to be
silver of which such article is manufactured are pure silver, subject to the qualifications
hereinafter set forth, is guilty of a fraudulent practice; but in case of all such
articles there shall be allowed a divergence in fineness of four one-thousandths parts
from the foregoing standards.
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