Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II Ingots Part VI - Unique Examples

As I have discussed before, the Type II oval hallmark first appears in 1952. By virtue of receipts held in my collection, we know that it was used in addition to the round dated hallmarks as late as 1958. Very few examples exist in the 5 oz class as most are significantly larger in the 20 oz plus range. In this post we will look at unique 5 oz class examples.

The first Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II oval hallmark ingot represents the most common 5 oz class presentation of those I have found to date which now totals eleven. In this series, none have serial numbers and only two of the eleven have weight stamping. 



The next Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II oval hallmark ingot is unique because the hallmark and fineness have been applied to what would normally be the reverse of the ingot. Compare it to the example above.




One of the two Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II oval hallmark ingots that I have found to date in the 5 oz class with weight stamping. 


And in the last photo of this post, an example from the series of generally larger ingots that are all of 999.75 fineness and include numbers. Only two examples out of some thirty-five that I have found to date are in the 5 oz range; #217 is 5.23 ozs.




Silver Ingots
Ken

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I Ingots Part VIII - Unique Examples

Thanks to Chris from Old West Gold for what I believe to be an acquisition that is another one of a kind. On no other Mint Of The United States At San Francisco silver ingot can I find the use a fraction in the fineness. Photographing this ingot gave me the idea to post this along with other Type I unique examples from my collection this week. 

The #1264 Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark, large font with curved stem nines is presented first. The use of 3/4 versus .75, along with the lack of "FINE" makes this ingot unique. I believe this series to be the oldest based on my research to date and with exception of one single ingot, the only series that contains variations in the fineness which now include .0, .50, .75 and this one 3/4.



Based on my research mentioned above and belief that the Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark, large font with curved stem nines is the first type and series produced; #85 is the lowest number I have seen which could POSSIBLY make it the oldest ingot in circulation.



The #1250 Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark, medium font with curved stem nines is the only ingot I have seen with the number rotated to vertical alignment on the obverse.  


Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark with no number and no weight; I have only ever seen two such examples and both are in my collection. Just slightly more common but still extremely rare are the examples with weight stamped on the reverse.




Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark, small font with straight stem nines is the only such example I have ever seen. In all of my research to date there are no other ingots with small font and straight stem nines.



And finally Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type I oval hallmark, small font with curved stem nines #1.



Silver Ingots
Ken

The "S" List

The "S" list follows:


S Bullion
S.W.S.
Sabin Metal Corporation
Sacramento Refining & Assay
SAH
San Antonio Silver Recovery
San Antonio Silver Refiners
San Diego 
San Diego Refining Company
Sandoval Jewlers & Refiners
SBC
Scheffield Smelting
Scheweizerischer
SCMR
Seaside Silver Recovery
Security Metals Company
Selby Smelting & Refining Company
Sel-Rex Company
SH
Sharpe, H. Alvin
Sheffield Smelting Co. LTD
Shelby Smelting & Refining Company
Shoneback Smelter & Refiner Company, K.F.
Sierra Silver Corporation
Sierra Silver Exchange
Signal, The
Silvachem Corporation
Silver
Silver City Stamp & Coin Co.
Silver Company
Silver Diamond Corporation
Silver Farm
Silver International Mining Company
Silver Metals International
Silver Recovery Systems
Silver Refining Corporation
Silver State Bullion
Silver State Refining
Silver Summit Refining
Silvermat
SilverTowne Mint
Silvex Silver Systems
SIMA
Simmons Refining Company
Simon Silver Bell
SiPi Metals Corporation
SIRCO
Sitkin Smelting & Refining, Incorporated
SJ
SJCC
Smith, Ken W.
Smiths
SMM
SMRC
SMS
South East Refining  Incorporated
South Side Association
Southeast Refiners
Southern Bullion Foundary
Southern Metallic Enterprises, Inc.
Special Metals
Speciality Metals
Spectrum Refiners
Spiral Metal Company
Spokane Bullion Inc.
SPS
SR
SRC
SRI
SRS
SSA
SSCO
SSS
SST
Star Metals
Star Silver
States Smelt & Refinery
Strickland
Sun Metals
Sunshine Mining Company
Sunshine Minting Inc.
Sunshine Refining & Mining
SWEST Inc.
Szabo, A. Company Inc.

Silver Ingots
Ken

Monday, April 14, 2014

The "S" Box Part IV

And the final post of collectibles from the "S" box leading off with Silver Diamond Corporation. According to Chris on AllEngelhard.com, 1,000 of these were produced in 1972 for Einar C. Erickson and his Silver Diamond Corporation of Las Vegas, NV, by Elgelhard. 


SBC and SSS, two ingots with no other information than the hallmarks. I have seen guesses at the names suggesting Southern Bullion Corporation and Southern States Silver but have yet to find anything credible.  


And Silver Metals International. This hallmark appears on a variety of larger size squares and 1 oz rounds. The 1 oz rounds are dated 1973.


The "S" list to follow.

Silver Ingots
Ken

Monday, April 7, 2014

PANORAMA - Newsletter Of The San Francisco Museum And Historical Society

I have the honor of being published in the current edition of PANORAMA, a quarterly magazine by the The San Francisco Museum And Historical Society. The SFMHS presently resides at the Old Mint and is attempting to transform the Granite Lady, as the Old Mint is known, from a near state of ruin into a new civic space for the City of San Francisco to enjoy.

The SFMHS and its members are dedicated to preserving and presenting the heritage of San Francisco so I hope that my article will reach some San Franciscans that can help with Mint Of The United States At San Francisco silver ingot research efforts.



Silver Ingots
Ken

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The "S" Box Part III

Continuing our way through the "S" box with Star Metals presented first with the original star only followed by the more common newer hallmark. 


Simmons Refining Company, Chicago, Illinois, with the first issue hallmark of an "S" within a crucible. Later examples are hallmarked with Simmons REFCO. Simmons Refining Company is listed in all three editions of The Silver Institute's Silver Refiners Of The World and their Identifying Ingot Marks; 1975, 1977 and 1980.


Strickland; Southeast Refining Inc., Panama City, Florida; and S.W.S.


And finally, Sandoval Jewelers and Refiners.


Silver Ingots
Ken