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.