Thursday, September 25, 2014

1960's Silver Ingot Flyer



1960's flyer by Gerow Paul Franklin, used in his never ending effort to acquire ingots and other numismatic materials. Thanks to his son Paul, I know that this represents an ensemble of ingots that remained in his father's personal collection until the time of his passing and even though all were sold in auctions years ago, one has now made its way into my collection by way of Kansas City and Edward A.




Very few 5 oz class 1959 U.S. Mint San Francisco ingots are marked with the weight, and adding to the uniqueness of this ingot, it is from lot number of 40. All other 1959 U.S. Mint San Francisco ingots I have seen to date, 5 oz class as well as larger, have been from lot numbers 37, 38 or 39.
  
Silver Ingots
Ken

Sunday, September 21, 2014

U.S. Assay Office New York Part II



While researching my recently acquired 1892 U.S. Assay Office New York silver ingot, I came across the photo below for sale and could not pass it up. From The Illustrated American, April 22, 1893, a view of Wall Street and The U.S. Assay Office, the first building on the right at No. 30 Wall Street. 

The building in the photo was constructed in 1823. By the Act of March 3, 1853, the U.S. Assay Office New York was formed and opened at No 30 Wall Street in 1854. This building served until 1900 when it was replaced.

I find it amazing that the ingot above remains from precisely the time in history captured in the photo below.


Silver Ingots
Ken

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

This represents the very first time I have seen the round hallmark from the U.S. Mint San Francisco without a date; all others have been dated with 1956, 1958, 1959 or 1960. Thanks once again to Tammie at AU Capital Management for this unique acquisition. While there is visibly some surface marking in the area where the date is normally located, even under close loop inspection there is no evidence of any numeral.


Adding to the uniqueness of this ingot's hallmark is the loaf shape; that is a first as well. The only other totally unique shape I have seen to date is the Mint Of The United States At San Francisco "Cube" ingot. I had a chance to personally inspect it at the CyberCoins table at ANA and talk in length to Blaine about it. Both the "Cube" and now the "Loaf" represent one of a kind findings to date.   


Besides the undated hallmark and "999.5 FINE" shown in the photo above, there are no other markings on the "Loaf" except the weight on the right side face from the obverse.


More to come on the U.S. Mint San Francisco "Loaf".

Silver Ingots
Ken

Friday, September 5, 2014

U.S. Mint New Orleans

While studying my 1892 U.S. Assay Office New York ingot at the ANA in Chicago with Fred H, he mentioned that he had handled a silver ingot from the U.S. Mint New Orleans that dated back to 1879. Fred had worked to ultimately place the ingot in the U.S. Mint New Orleans Museum which is now the Louisiana State Museum. Fred's familiarity with the U.S. Mint New Orleans ingot, and its placement, were what led to our determination that the 1892 U.S. Assay Office New York ingot equals the oldest silver government ingot known in private hands.

The U.S. Mint New Orleans was built in 1835 and conducted United States coinage operations from 1837 until 1861 when Louisiana seceded from the Union.The Mint remained closed throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction period, reopening and once again producing United States coinage in 1879.

According to the Louisiana State Museum, (with the help of Fred's original research) this ingot is "one of a kind and was most likely created as a presentation piece for the reopening of the New Orleans Mint after the Civil War in 1879". 

I appreciate the assistance of Polly R-S, Curator of the Louisiana State Museum, in providing me with the photo that follows along with information on this amazing historical ingot. 

Courtesy of the Collections of the Louisiana State Museum


Silver Ingots
Ken

Monday, September 1, 2014

U. S. Mint Philadelphia Ingots - Hallmarks

Three different hallmarks can be found on U.S. Mint Philadelphia silver ingots. As I noted in the last post about U.S. Mint Philadelphia, all three are used without apparent pattern (yet) throughout the silver ingot run of 1946. The second hallmark is not from my collection and I have not yet found a better quality photograph to copy. 

While similarities of the eagle vignette can be found between the second and third hallmarks on silver ingots from Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, the first hallmark is unique to Philadelphia. It is interesting that that while all U.S. Mint Philadelphia ingots are dated 1946 (one 1956 exception as noted previously), the vignettes on the second and third hallmark appear to be out of date range with other government mint and assay offices.

Based on government ingots that I have studied to date, the eagle vignette on the second hallmark first appears on U.S. Assay Office New York silver ingots in 1909 and runs through at least 1949. It was not used by the Mint Of The United States At San Francisco silver ingots.

The eagle vignette on the third hallmark first appears on Mint Of The United States At San Francisco silver ingots in 1956 and runs through 1960. The very same eagle vignette appears on U.S. Assay Office New York silver ingots in 1957 and runs through 1984. The use of this particular eagle vignette on U.S. Mint Philadelphia silver ingots in 1946 predates all other government mint and assay offices by ten years.


U.S. Mint Philadelphia 1946



U.S. Mint Philadelphia 1946



U.S. Mint Philadelphia 1946 & 1956


Anyone with any information on U.S. Mint Philadelphia silver ingots, please let me know.

Silver Ingots
Ken