Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II Ingots Part IV

In the last Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II ingots post we looked at a listing of Type II ingots; this post will look specifically at the sheared plate examples that I listed fist in the registry. As I previously wrote, I believe these predate the cast ingots due to a stamped date of 1952 on the obverse of the #1 example, and so far, nothing earlier on the cast ingots than round 1956 hallmarks on the reverse of a few.

Sequential organization of sheared plate examples that I have found to date also results in chronological order of all known dates. Twenty examples have been identified to date ranging from #1 to #1802. The #1 ingot is reverse dated 1952; #464 is reverse dated 1954; and #1738 is reverse dated 1955. Having copy of the original receipt for #1767 dated April 29, 1955 confirms that these reverse stampings are in fact dates and not some other mark.

I have one sheared plate example in hand and have examined numerous other photographs, all appear to have at least one shear cut edge. On the example below, the right edge is clearly sheared while the left is less obvious. The top edge and bottom edge are original to production. 

On this example and three others I have seen in photographs, there is an reverse Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type hallmark of much larger scale. All are cut through the middle confirming that the original plates that these examples were sheared from were indeed longer.

The reverse Mint Of The United States At San Francisco hallmark appears to be similar to the Type II feather pattern. 

This example also bears a light reversed impression from what appears to be the result of another plate having been pressed against it with great force. 

As always, if anyone has anything to add including additional Type II sheared plate examples, please let me know.

Silver Ingots


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