Sunday, July 31, 2016

U.S. Assay Office New York Silver Ingots - Part VII

U.S. Assay Office New York 45 oz class silver ingots remain among the most rare from any U.S. Government Mint or Assay Office. Recently able to expand my collection to a total of nine examples with two more from 1957. 

In my research to date, I have seen these in the date range represented below, 1928 thru 1957. U.S. Assay Office New York examples that predate 1928 are generally smaller while post 1957 examples are generally larger. During the specific date range of 1928 thru 1957, the 45 oz class is dominant.  

As with almost every other U.S. Assay Office New York silver example I have ever seen, there is always much apparent attention paid to placement and inclusion of all pertinent information including the hallmark, fineness, serial number and melt.

The photos do not do these little silver bricks justice!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco 25 oz Class Examples

Here's something you don't see everyday, an eight-pack of 25 ounce class Mint Of The United States At San Francisco silver ingots. Combination of Type II and round dated 1956 and 1959.

From careful study of ingots in my collection and photos from my research sources, I can write that there is an overlap of serial numbering between Type II and 1956, apparently as the transition was being made from one hallmark to the other. In an upcoming post I will publish the registry list as I have it.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


For those of you that follow Silver Ingots Blog, you know that my 5 oz collection is focused on domestic hallmarks; silver ingots, old pours and extruded examples produced in the United States. Over the years I have acquired a few non-domestic ingots but those have not appeared in my blog posts to date. This one is too neat to ignore so across the pond we go.

The QE2 was christened and launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 20, 1967. Not only at the time of her launch but over the years as numerous refurbishments were made, the QE2 set the standard for cruise luxury. No wonder to me that a 5 oz silver ingot was chosen as a QE2 presentation gift.   

I have only ever seen the one of these QE2 ingots that I acquired in 2011 util this ingot in original presentation tin became available recently. A neat acquisition and story.

The 5 oz silver ingot and leather wrapped presentation tin pictured below most likely date back to either the QE2 launch in 1967 or her maiden voyage. 

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Ingots - Part XV - Unique Examples

The second most rare date of all U.S. Mint San Francisco round hallmarks is the 1960. In my research over the past six years I have only found four examples. This class ingot was produced in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960. 

The most common date is 1956 which overlaps numerically with Type II oval hallmark ingots and makes the transition from Mint Of The United States At San Francisco Type II oval hallmarks to U.S. Mint San Francisco round dated hallmarks. I have never seen a 1957 round dated hallmark or found any reference to one. I have a photo of one 1958 that was in the Paul Franklin collection; that is the lone example I have found from that year. 1959 is second behind 1956 in commonality and then the four I mentioned above in 1960. 

Recently able to add the round dated 1960 U.S. Mint San Francisco ingot below to my collection. At 32.41 ozs, it is among the heavier of these generally referred to as 25 oz class examples.   

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