Sunday, February 24, 2013

More From The "A" Box

The neat thing about hallmark collecting is that there always seems to be a new example surfacing. The biggest challenge in collecting these is to obtain information about the hundreds of producers of old pours, cast and extruded 5 oz examples, it is also a large part of the enjoyment.

Shown below are examples from AGB, American Precious Metals, AAA Precious Metals, American Gold & Silver, American Credit Bar and Anglo American Metals, probably all familiar names to most readers.

Speaking of familiar names, Academy silver bars were produced for over 30 years by the Academy Group, in Albuquerque, NM until being bought by Brush Engineered Materials in 2010. Later year bars are pressed, but of course the interest here is in the earlier cast and extruded examples as produced by Academy.

The photo below shows the varieties that I have been able to assemble to date.

Starting in the upper left is a cube style ingot which could actually be sheared from an extrusion. Below that are two shallow rectangular examples marked with the CSRCO overstamp. One of these displays the small column hallmark while the other the large column hallmark, both with large font weight stamp. On the right are three shallow rectangular examples all with the small column hallmark; first with no weight stamp, second with large font weight stamp and third with a very small font weight stamp. Finally at the bottom a "finger" style ingot with the small column hallmark and no weight stamping.
Academy silver bars are not all that rare but an opportunity to see all of these varieties together is indeed. Anyone have information on a type not included above please let me know.
Silver Ingots

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Arizona Assay Office Ingots

Arizona Assay Office ingots are truly one of my passions. I received my first ingot as a gift from my wife, one that she was able to pry away from my best friend Tom, and the rest is history.

The story is that these were made for Paul Franklin by Jack Stone circa 1969 from his N. First Street location in Phoenix. Living in Phoenix at the time, I felt the connection. Reading that less than 80 had been produced, I went to work on assembling as much of the collection as possible and continue my efforts today. The presentation of 15 Arizona Assay Office ingots together is unprecedented and presents a unique research and viewing opportunity.
In the first picture, I have arranged the ingots of most typical size ( 3 oz to 5 oz) in numerical order, a  mix of .720, .925, .999 and .9995 fineness. The .720 and .925 examples are similar to each other but distinctly different in shape from the others. Between the .999 and .995 examples, there have been two different molds used, s454 and s456 being larger and shallower than the others. Note the two sequentially numbered pairs.

In the second picture I am presenting the less typical examples, 1.71 ozs, 11.17 ozs (stamped bi metal) and 20.08 ozs, a one of a kind and the largest of record by far.  

The 20.08 oz ingot is overstamped with "C. Rhyne" supposedly haven been a part of the Craig Rhyne & Associates failed precious metals holdings at one time.
In my auction archive research there are a few more out there that have traded over the past 12 years, and there are always those that have remained hidden to seek out.  My search continues so let me know if you have any information.
Silver Ingots

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Introduction Part II

With the first post earlier today I had a chance to figure out how the actual publishing works, I am still working on comments and email notifications. For those of you that received an email notification, there is a link at the bottom of the email to the actual blog home page. Or use the following URL 

Since my collection is organized in alphabetical order, that is how I will be going through it. Below are some other interesting examples from my "A" box.

Most of my acquisitions are based on expanding a 5 oz class hallmark collection without much if any information on the specific ingot. The picture above represents a number of interesting names to collectors but I have no meaningful information to offer in addition to the photos.

Other interesting "A" box examples are the ASARCO Troy Units 1982 pictured below.

I have now acquired these in 5.5 oz (left) and 6.0 oz (right). I have seen a 4.15 oz example but would like to know what weight range these may have been produced in so anyone have any information to share, feel free.

Will not be rapid-firing posts, end up with two today because I am spending some time trying to educate myself on the process

Silver Ingots

Introduction to the Silver Ingot blog

Technology, might as well try it.
I have been photographing my US Mint at San Francisco collection for recordation and decided to start photographing some of my other collection. That led to the idea of sharing those pictures with other collectors and anyone who has similar interests.
This is my test blog so I am keeping it short and sweet. I really have no idea how this works or who will get to enjoy the posts but here goes.
Starting off with a name that most collectors are familiar with, American Smelting & Refining Company. The accompanying card is self explanatory but in addition to that information, the Rosario Mine dates back to 1880 when Julius Valentine of New York founded the New York & Honduras Rosario Mining Company. Mining operations in the San Juancito Mountains of Honduras began in 1904. The example below is a shareholder presentation ingot from 1971 still in the original wrap with felt pouch and presentation certificate.

The card notes that this is the latest in a series so if anyone has information on others please let me know.
I'll be working on email notification and trying to figure out how replies and new posts work. Hope you (not sure who that is yet) can enjoy these posts.