Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Ingots - Timeline

The timeline below represents a work in progress and as always, any additional information is welcomed. The years included represent those that I have solid information to present or photos of dated ingots. 

1935: In the M.H. Bolender, Orangeville, Illinois, 100th Auction Sale Catalog dated November 30, 1935 there are two "San Francisco Mint Silver Bars" listed.  There are no photos or plates but the listed fineness of 999.75 is unique to only one early series. The photo in the timeline is from my collection, #85, the lowest number that I have seen to date in this Type I oval, large font, curved stem nine series.

1939: On June 21, 1939, the American Numismatic Society records a donation from the collection of David Bullowa; Type I oval, large font, curved stem nines #1159.

1942: From my collection, Type I oval, small font, ingots #992 and #993 with associated Mint records as follows; United States Mint At San Francisco Bullion Deposit - Memo Report dated December 22, 1942 and U.S. Mint Service Form 716 - Bar Delivery Memorandum dated December 28, 1942.

1952: Type II oval, #1, 63.87 ozs, dated 1952 on obverse. (NOTE: this it the earliest date that we see the Type II oval hallmark)

1954: Type II oval, #477 26.32 ozs, dated 1954 on reverse.

1955: Type II oval, #1738 25.75 ozs, dated 1955 on reverse and accompanying packaging materials from Oliver James in San Francisco dated May 8, 1955.

1956: Type II oval, #1272  22.78 ozs, dated 1956 with round dated hallmark on reverse. 

1958: Type II oval, #1032 24.65 ozs and round dated hallmark #1033  24.06 ozs on the very same U.S. Mint Service Bar Delivery receipt dated January 30, 1958.

1959: Round dated hallmark, 1959, #1272  24.12 ozs. 

1960: Round dated hallmark, 1960, stamped LAST INGOT CAST on obverse.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

The "V", "W", "X" & "Y" Lists

The final list follows. Thanks to Chris all of his help with these lists. I hope to figure out a way of permanently posting the entire "A" to "Z" list for ongoing reference.

Van Aken Jewelers
Vanguard Mint
Wade Ventures Ltd
Wallace Silversmiths
Washington Mint
WB Bushmeyers
Wenatchee Gold Belt
West Coast Refining Incorporated
West Texas Silver Company
Western Federal Corporation
Western Pacific Coin & Silver Exchange
Western Pacific Gold & Silver
Western Silver Refinery
Western States Refining
Wildberg Bros. S&R Company
Wilkinson Company
Williams Gold Refining
Willow Creek
Windmill Mines
Winnatche Bolt Belt
Winter Park Silver Exchange
Woodward Industries Inc.
World Mint - Yonkers Coin Exchange
World Mint Corp.
World Trade Unit
Worldwide Coin Investments, Limited
Worldwide Precious Metals
Xenia Coin Shop
Yardney Electric Corporation
YB Silver Refiners
Yellow Daisy Refining Co.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

The "W" Box Part II & The "Y" Box

Continuing through the "W" box, first with West Coast Refining, Inc., Napa, CA. A short-lived company that was registered with the State of California between 1980 and 1983. 

W.S.C., Wescan and Western States Refining, Fontana CA.

World Mint Corporation in the two varieties I have seen to date. Public records show company activity in Phoenix, AZ in the early 1970's

And finally for this post, Yellow Daisy Refining Company, another Arizona company. 5 oz class examples are extremely rare as most that surface are of greater weight, 10 oz plus.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The "V" Box & The "W" Box Part I

Only one ingot in the "V" box, Van Aken Jewelers from Cleveland, Ohio. As with each post, I Googled the name while writing and found that they are still in business. I have left a voice mail for the owner and will post any information I can obtain about the ingot.

First from the "W" box, the two varieties of Windmill Mine ingots that I have found to date. There was a Windmill Mine located south of Jumbo Peak in the Gold Butte area of Clark County, NV. Mining operations were abandoned in the region in the early 1900's. If these are in fact associated with that same Windmill Mine, these are definitely commemorative examples produced some time later. 

Next a very interesting round. Such an elaborate hallmark is extremely rare; the two-digit fineness even more so; and top it off with a very low serial number of 0060. To date, I have not been able to discover anything else about this round.  

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