Friday, November 21, 2014

U.S. Assay Office New York Ingots Part III

Staying with the U.S. Assay Office New York ingots again this week, a closer look at my 1920 U.S. Assay Office New York ingot #182, 6.61 ozs and melt #653. (photo enlarged)


I have not seen this particular eagle vignette on any other U.S. Assay Office New York ingot, in silver or gold. I have been looking specifically at this for some time now and continue to research it. Without examples from every year, precise vignette tracking is not scientific but I am working on a hallmark timeline that should be completed in the near future.

Most U.S. Assay Office New York silver ingots fall into categories of 40 oz or 100 oz. Extremely rare in any weight, the smaller U. S. Assay Office New York silver ingots are by far the most rare. At 6.61 ozs, my 1920 #182 represents one of, if not the finest of these smaller rarities.


Standard government placement of the ingot identification; the ingot number 182 on the leading edge facing and the melt number 653 on the top edge facing. 




And the reverse with very interesting pour rings and some black markings that do not appear to be relative to any of the production stamping.



Silver Ingots
Ken

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