Monday, September 2, 2013

The "L" Box

The "L" box is another very light box; two very important "L" examples continue to elude me, Lawrence & Son, Inc., Mojave, CA; and Louis & Mac Kay. Anyone have a lead on either of these in class, please let me know.
Let's start with an interesting cast, gunmetal gray, example; Lyman.

I have seen one or two 10 oz class Lyman examples for sale but the ingot pictured above is the only 5 oz class ingot I have ever seen. It weighs 5.479 ozs. and is stamped 999 on the reverse.
Nothing was written in the other listings to provide any information; I actually had mine cataloged under S & S Lyman, a name I had seen in past readings. In doing research for this post, I found my way to Lyman Products, advertised as a primary source of reloading supplies, and under bullet casting materials found a mixed bar of lead and copper with the exact same logo. A bit more reading and I came across the mold pictured below which appears to be a perfect lettering match to the ingot above.

Lyman Products has been around since the late 1800's and prides themselves as being an innovative developer of products for shooters and reloaders over the years. Nothing on their website indicates they ever deviated into precious metals so there are a few possibilities here. It may be some kind of presentation ingot or since the molds are readily available, it could have been poured by anyone and have nothing to do with the company.

The gunmetal gray coloring has always been suspect in spite of the 999 stamp, and an X-ray assay test at Crossroads Coins is in order. Pending the outcome of that, I will communicate with Lyman Products and keep everyone posted. 
Continuing through the "L" box, LCR pictured next.
And finally two more modern looking examples, Lone Star Mint and Lone Star Silver. No other information on the last three.
Silver Ingots


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