Silver bars have long been a trusted means of storing and protecting hard-earned wealth. With silver prices low and interest in bullion products high, there’s never been greater demand for silver products than right now. Today, the 1 Kilo Silver Asahi Bar is available on Silver.com as one of the newest products from Asahi Refining in North America.
- Exciting new offer from Asahi Refining!
- Arrives in sealed plastic to protect the bar.
- Consists of 1 Kilogram, or 32.15 troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Bears the Asahi Refining brand logo.
- Includes an individual serial number.
- Struck at the Brampton, Ontario facility in Canada.
Asahi Refining is the newest player in the global precious metals industry. Formerly confined to activities in Japan, the company made a splash in December 2014 when it purchase Johnson Matthey’s silver and gold refining operations for $186 million. In doing so, it took over three facilities from the British firm.
Each of these 1 Kilo Silver Asahi Bars features rustic appearances and a matte finish, with smooth, rounded edges and simple designs. You’ll find only identifying markers on the surface of these new bars from Asahi Refining.
On the obverse side of the bar you’ll find the Asahi Refining logo at the top. Similar to the former Johnson Matthey logo, it is an oval shape that features “Asahi SLC” around the outer rim, with “Assayers – Refiners” in the center of the design. Additional engravings include the weight and purity of the bar, its metal content, and the individual serial number of the bar.
Asahi Refining struggled to get going in 2015 with its production of silver bars. While a variety of 100 oz. bars were available under the new Asahi brand last year, production of a greater range of bars was limited by the intense demand for silver amid global shortages as investors and collectors squeezed the supplies available to mints and refineries.
Johnson Matthey was a British company formed in 1856, and had nearly 160 years of experience in silver and gold refining prior to selling its last remaining assets in the industry to Asahi Refining. Asahi took over facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah and Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The bars in this listing were struck by the Canadian facility.
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