Sunday, May 26, 2013

The "F" Box Part II

Foster Incorporated, located in Walla Walla, Washington, was another one of the first companies to promote the hobby of silver collecting. Foster's offerings include hand stamped poured ingots, hand stamped planchets and pressed or struck silver bars. Presented first are a pair of the hand stamped poured ingots in the 5 oz class. These were produced in 1 oz, 3 oz, 5 oz and 10 oz; the 5 oz examples have proven most difficult to come by.  

The hand stamped planchets are the thin wafer style examples, produced in 1 oz and 3 oz.
An interesting find in my research for this post; we have all seen Foster old pours like those above, and planchet examples with the right ribbon segment where the weight would usually stamped, blank. I have read that this was done when the actual weight did not border on a whole number. So if one of the ingots above had weighed in at 4.5 oz, it would have remained blank. 
Foster produced two completely different boxed sets, "From Out Of The West" series in 3 oz annually in 1968, 1969 and 1970; and the Silver Eagle Nest sets in 1969. (For information on the 3 oz sets, check out Tom's very informative listing). The Silver Eagle Nest set includes 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz 1 oz, 2 1/2 oz 5 oz and 10 oz examples and were produced in two versions pictured below.
Identical on the obverse, one set was reverse struck as being exclusively manufactured and distributed by Silver Eagle Sales Inc. and the second set reverse struck with Hercaimy Enterprises. While both sets are rare in the box and nicely preserved, the Hercaimy Enterprises set is most rare of the two.
"F" list to follow and as always let me know if anyone has anything to add.
Silver Ingots


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