After a months-long hiatus: The Return of Friday MËTÄL PÖRN !
I started Metal Porn Fridays years ago as a way to show off the things you acquired during the week, the things you encountered during the week, the things you saw that may your heart start pumping during the week.
Been working on projects since about March. But with them under control I wanted to share a few recent small pickups
Back in late April I stopped by a local shop. They had just gotten in three old pour 10 ounce silver bars. I'd had one before (Star Metals), I'd seen another once or twice (Hoffman & Hoffman). The other I didn't know and it seemed a little more crude. So I snagged the first two and walked out of the store without the third.
But once I got to my car, something about it triggered my hoarding brain. So I went back and bought it.
Glad I did: that third bar, by Western States Refining, was the most valuable. But there was more to come...
Because by buying these first three bars, I was set on a path whose multiple steps...
would eventually allow me to acquire one of the largest vintage bar hoards I've ever seen: The Lydian Hoard
The Lydian Hoard was assembled by a pioneering stacker/collector who zeroed in on just a handful of small refiners while he was on business trips to the southwest and California in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Per the heirs who inherited the hoard, it hadn't seen the light of day for nearly 30 years.
In its entirety, the hoard numbers over 40 5- and 10- ounce class bars from Star, Hoffman & Hoffman, JJSR S/C, American Credit / Baltrhop, JKL, and over a dozen bars by International Vaults Refining--including previously unknown varieties of bars that are now listed on allengelhard.com
--Severian the Lame