Sunday challenge: Post your one ounce silver bars. Older the better, the freakier the better.
In the wild west of the silver craze (1970-1985), anyone who handled silver started minting 1 ounce silver bars.
I'm not talking about silver art bars--that's a different topic that we can approach later.
Not really looking for rounds--we've done those before.
And I'm not looking for modern skull shaped, guitar pick, marijuana leaf pyramids.
I want old school, 1970s to 1980s, took themselves seriously, silver for the investor type 1 ounce silver bars.
JM and Engelhard are great. But I want the ones that tried hard to make theirs look entirely different from JM and Eng. Or those who tried as hard as they could to make theirs look like JM and Eng.
Last week I was able to pick through an old school collection of neat bars. Some are offered on the BST thread.
One or two I held back for myself, including this CMW of Indianapolis bar. CMW has been in operation since 1916, and I believe that the "M" (for Mallory) is the same Mallory of the short-lived Johnson Matthey Mallory bars. It's an interesting bar by itself, listed in Kidd. But it's got a really nice matte finish. And that cool flash of tone at the very bottom. But also the serial number: A000041.
Got some 1-ounce, old school, non-art bar freaks?
--Severian the Lame