Sunday, August 25, 2013

The San Francisco Mint

Regular blog readers and those who know me know all about my interest in San Francisco Mint 5 oz class ingots. Julie and I were planning a trip this summer to San Francisco for her family reunion and I could hardly wait to visit the historical site of Old United States Mint. The facility opened in 1874 as the second location of the San Francisco Mint.

One of the few buildings surviving the 1906 earthquake, it served  until 1937. I always pictured this facility as the birthplace of many of the ingots in my collection.

Before we left for San Francisco I joined the San Francisco Mint Museum and Historical Society and read all about the complete restoration of the Granite Lady as the building is known to locals. Pictures in the Society's publications were amazing and I could hardly wait to experience the grandeur and relive the history.

The  Mint was within walking distance of our hotel so off we went for the experience of a lifetime. I could not believe that I would be visiting the place of origin of the most prized examples in my silver ingot collection. A few blocks later, there was the sign up ahead, we must be close.
And look, there was a familiar picture, exactly what I was looking for. But where was it?
Right in front of us, but a far cry from any of the pictures. Julie had to wait for a few guys that were just waking up to move off of the steps before taking the picture. What a surprise; windows and doors boarded up, what appeared to be numerous people living on and around it, and not one bit of the grandeur I had anxiously anticipated.
We braved it and walked around the building, me still convinced that at least my Museum Society membership would gain us access. Another familiar picture in the window, but nothing anywhere else that came close to that look or the picture in my mind.
Clearly, there is a plan for restoration but at least from the outside, not much has yet occurred. From what we could see looking into doors and windows, there was nothing inside that came close to the interior pictures I had seen either. A massive structure, taking up most of a city block, I cannot even imagine the restoration undertaking given the obvious deterioration but hopefully someday it will be restored to its original grandeur and we will return.
Disappointed with that adventure for sure but in San Francisco it is easy to find something else to do. Julie on the famous cable cars below.

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The "J" & "K" Lists

Posting the names that I have in my files but as always, anyone have one to add, let me know.

The "J" and "K" lists follow:

J & J Smelting & Refining Corporation
Jackson Precious Metals
Jade Assay 
J Ross Gold Corp.
JW Denver Gold & Silver Exchange
J William Krohn Company
JW Pringle
Kazel Mountain Mines
Kennecott Copper Corporation
Kingsmen Silver
Klondike Mint
Knight & Company

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Monday, August 19, 2013

The "J" & "K" Boxes

Slim pickings in the next two boxes, "J" and "K", so I will combine them in one post. Of course there is Jackson Precious Metals,  (JPM), from just down the road in Jackson, Ohio. Dating back to 1974, JPM began by reclaiming precious metals from obsolete telephone equipment. Known since 2003 as Ohio Precious Metals, (OPM), they have found continued success in an industry that has left scores by the wayside. Today OPM claims to be the largest American good delivery refiner of both silver and gold.

Far more collectable than JPM, J and J Smelting & Refining Corporation, Hesperia, CA; Jasco and J in the first photo and the extent of domestic examples in the "J" box.

Into the "K" box, Kingsmen Silver extruded examples in class are fairly common but nice extruded examples.

Two Keifer ingots, one of each type I have found to date, a thicker pour on top and a very shallow pour on bottom.

And for the last picture, KML, stamped inside what could be a crucible. No other information on any of those that I have posted.

As always, if anyone has more info on anything in the post, please let me know, thanks.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

The "I" List

Some good help from Chris already on the "I" list but not enough information all together to test domestic status of every name included so if anyone has location information on a name included below that is not in the US, or a name to add to the list, let me know.
"I" list follows:

Imperial R & R Works
Imperial Refining & Smelting Company
Industrial Silver Company
Ingot Mines
Intermountain Metals
Intermountain Precious Metals
International Amalgam LTD
International Metallurgical Services, Inc.
International Metals
International Precious Metals
International Recover Company
International Recycling Corporation
International Silver Exchange
International Silver LTD Inc.

International Silver Specialist
International Vaults Refining
Irving Mint

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Friday, August 2, 2013

The "I" Box

Some of the next boxes we will be getting into, "I" through "L", are pretty light; not much to be had in the 5 oz class throughout these and you will see that the overall lists for each are short as well. So into the "I" box.
Pictured first two with similar initials; IPM. The top example from International Precious Metals, Las Vegas, NV; the lower, Intermountain Precious Metals out of Idaho. 

Next ICI, a fairly common hallmark but no other information; second, International Vaults Refining, one of the more elaborately hallmarked ingots; and third, IRC, International Recovery Company.

Could really use some help in the "I" box, let me know if anyone has anything to add to the hallmarks above.

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