The Law on the Fineness of Gold and Silverware (FeinGehG) was issued in 1884 and came into force in 1888. It regulates the permissible fineness that gold or silver articles must have in order to be marked (hallmarked) as such. Except for minor changes, the law has been in force since its enactment. It stipulates that only goods with a fineness of at least 585 “thousand parts” of gold and 800 thousand parts of silver must be stamped.