Here's something fun: found the original newspper ad for the Rockwell series.
All so very nice.
Coke, the real thing..............
It is a 1-oz Coca-Cola - Shelbyville, KY silver art bar (WWM-60). It was minted by the World Wide Mint in 1976. Serial # 000668. I bought it last month at my local coin dealer and I paid $25.00 for it (spot silver closed at $16.56/oz at that time). $25.00 for a Coke silver bar is not too bad considering that Coke silver bars usually sell on ebay for much more than $25.00.
Last edited by 1970 Silver Art; 04-05-2010 at 07:29 AM. Reason: added comment
I sold the following 11 art bars plus + 43 other silver art bars:
1-oz 1974 USSC Happy Anniversary (see post # 26)
1-oz World Inc Mint art bar (post #33)
1-oz Benjamin Disraeli (post #76)
1-oz John Hart (post # 62)
1-oz Cox-Nixon (post # 64)
1-oz Air Force (post # 27)
1-oz Prospector (post # 60)
1-oz USSC Boston Tea Party (post #55)
1-oz USSC Secretariat (post #51)
1-oz Madison New Years (post #41)
20 gram Silver Mint flag of Bolivia (post #42)
It is very rare that I sell any silver art bars but I sold these because these (and the other 43 bars) were impulsive buys. That is about a total of 53 troy oz's of silver that I sold today and I plan to use the proceeds to buy silver art bars that are on my '70's silver art bar "wish list". I could have sold them on ebay but most of the art bars that I sold today would not have fared well after factoring ebay and paypal fees.
I did some "spring cleaning" of my collection and the remaining silver art bars that are currently in my collection are the silver art bars that I am keeping because those are the ones that I really wanted to collect. As a result of selling 54 silver art bars today, I currently have about 100 silver art bars remaining in my silver art bar collection and I plan to grow that collection from this point since I have my silver art bar "wish" completed. There are more '70's SABs that I am looking to collect and I have made my final '70's silver art bar wish list and from this point on, I will go by that list to buy the '70's silver art bars that I truly want to collect.
1970 Silver Art,
I've done the same thing a couple of months ago, and only kept the ones i really loved. I'm going to keep my collction within 5 diffrent mints (no themes, just trying to get all different minted bars) : Bluegrass Mint, CEECO, Mother Lode Mint, Mount Everest Mint and Silversword.
I'll be really happy when i can complete these 5 mints within my lifespan, as some of these bars are quite rare (AND expensive)!
Thanks to the fact that i sold a lot of 'unwanted' bars, i was able to purchase some of the Bluegrass Mint bars.
A Cancelled die bar is even harder to find (they usualy got a mintage of 20 pieces, or less), that's why i'm so happy i got the opportunity to buy two of them from Archie Kidd's 'Bluegrass Mint'. Those bars will stay in my collection till my kids decide to sell them afer i'm gone
Did they ever make a Budweiser ingot?
I've only seen the Budweiser Coin series. 2004 I think
I stumbled onto this thread because I was researching my collection value and I'll be posting everything for sale over the next 1-2 weeks. I'm selling about 3 troy pounds of silver art bars and some gold eagles and starting them all cheap with no reserve.
Some of the bars are (3)Coke 1901-75 75th Cincinnati, Freedom to Worship, Liberty c1986, Our Greatest Americans (Washington, Lincoln), Statue of Liberty Radison Mint, several paper money artbars $100, $1000, $100,000 (1£ Troy) and a bunch of other 1oz bars. The larger bars are starting way under spot and the 1oz bars at $20.
If anyone is interested you can do a search for "$100,000 Wilson" on eBay and inside the listing is a link to the rest of my gold and silver listing.
Financial stress is forcing this sale.
Last edited by stevenh; 04-07-2010 at 07:12 AM.
If I somehow ended up finding a Greathouse bar at the right price, then that will be my silver art bar find of the year for me. However, I will admit that the odds of finding a Greathouse silver art bar at a local dealer or at a local coin show for a low premium over spot ($5 over or less) are about the same as winning the Powerball lottery.
The odds are very low that I will find a Greathouse silver art bar at a local coin dealer or a local coin show for $5 over spot (or less) but I will not give up yet.
The one below is my latest purchase. I may be wrong on this one but i believe it is the error version of "The General". I think 10,000 were minted before the error was realized and so they switched to the correct locomotive
I paid $29 for it
The error version of "The General" (MAD-9E). will have a longer second cabin behind the main part of the train and will have the mis-spelling on the longer second cabin. Here is what the error version of "The General" will look like:
It might be hard to see in my pictures but on the longer cabin on the left hand side of this bar, it says "W. & A. A. R. R.". That is mis-spelled and the correct spelling should be "W. & A. R. R.". That mis-spelling is what makes this the "error" version of the 1972 Madison Mint "The General" silver art bar.
Last edited by 1970 Silver Art; 04-08-2010 at 04:26 PM. Reason: added picture