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About this app

Pingcoin is the digital version of the classical "ping test" for catching counterfeit coins. By recording and analyzing the sound produced by your coins the app is able to tell you if the coin is genuine or fake.

If you've ever found yourself not quite 100% sure about a coin's authenticity, try the ping test with the Ping Coin app. It will prevent you from getting fooled by counterfeit coins and it you will have peace of mind purchasing from even the shadiest coin sellers at fairs and garage sales.

How it works

A coin, like a musical instrument, produces a characteristic sound. Like a musical instrument this sound depends on its shape and on the material it's made out of. A wooden flute sounds different compared to a copper one. Similarly two coins of the same size and weight will sound differently based on the material they're made of.

The app will compare the characteristic sound of your coin (usually comprised of three frequencies) to my reference values. For each coin and for each frequency a tolerance threshold is displayed. If your coin's frequencies fall within the thresholds, it will almost certainly be genuine!

Important notes:

- The ping test works best as a complementary test to other tests. Do not rely solely on the ping test. Instead, combine it with a visual inspection and (ideally) weight and diameter measurements.
- Some coins of different composition, due to the variability in the coins' minting process and their natural wear, have practically indistinguishable sounds. A gold 1 oz Kangaroo and a silver 1 oz Kookaburra, for instance, will have practically indistinguishable resonance frequencies. Please note that this means that a test intended for one coin will work on the other and vice versa. This is why you cannot rely solely on the ping test.


How to ping your coin

Pinch the coin at its center keeping the surface area of your fingers to a minimum. (Imagine that the coin vibrates at the sides but stays fixed at its center.) Then flick the coin with a finger from your other hand. This can be done very softly. Don't worry if the sound is shorted and muffled, your smartphone mic will pick it up anyway.


Coins currently supported

- Gold South-African Krugerrand (1 oz)
- Gold American Eagle (1 oz)
- Gold Austrian Corona (100)
- Gold Canadian Maple Leaf (1 oz)
- Gold Great Britain Britania (1 oz)
- Gold Australian Kangaroo (1 oz)
- Gold Chinese Panda (1 oz)
- Gold Iranian Bahar Azadi
- Gold APMEX Round (1/4 oz)
- Silver Australian Koala (1 oz)
- Silver Britannia (1 oz)
- Silver American Buffalo (1 oz)
- Silver American Peace Dollar [alpha]
- Silver American Morgan Dollar [alpha]
- Silver Cook Islands Bounty (1 oz)
- Silver American Eagle (1 oz)
- Silver Somalian Elephant (1 oz)
- Silver Australian Kookaburra (1 oz)
- Silver Canadian Maple Leaf (1 oz)
- Silver Chinese Panda (1 oz)
- Silver Austrian Philharmonic (1 oz)
- Silver Australian Lunar Rooster (1 oz)
- Silver Tuvalo (1 oz)
- Silver Swedish 5 Kronor [alpha]
- Silver Franklin Half Dollar
- Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar
- Silver Mexican Libertad
- Silver Morgan Dollar
- Silver Peace Dollar


Submit new coins

Use the "Submit a coin" feature inside the app to submit a recording for a new coin to be added. Once the ping has been analyzed, the coin will appear in the list.

Any other feedback (send an email via the app) is GREATLY appreciated.
Updated on
Jul 25, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

188 reviews
May 25, 2022
My original review is below, but since then the app is now working perfect for me, so bumped it up from 3 to 5 stars. Works great! I didn't see a trouble shooting section in the app, because my phone speaker(?) Only shows audio within the first of three resonance sections. I also tried a audio jack microphone, but the app still wanted to use the built in phone speaker instead. Nice app layout though.
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November 25, 2023
Took me a bit to figure out. You need to flick it with something other than your finger nail. A pen worked best for me. You need to make it ring. I tested a morgan dollar. It had all three frequencies. I tested two false Morgan's as well, a peace dollar, and a clad ike. The Morgan hit all 3, the peace hit 1 or 2, and the ike hit 0. This seems to work pretty well with my initial tests.
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Sean Stacey
September 5, 2023
Wow im really impressed with this app, im new to silver coin / round collecting so i am still a little unsure of some of the coins i have bought, used this app and they all came back as genuine. I also had one known fake coin which i tested and it came back as fake. Just wish there was a larger selection of coins and rounds.
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What's new

- Add gold philharmonic
- Increased coin submission upload timeout to 20s