Customers Note: This is a presale item and is not expected to ship until around December 31st, 1969. EVERY order containing this item will be held from shipping until that date. Please note that this date is a rough estimate and solely depends on the mint meeting their production schedule.
The newest brand in the global precious metals industry is ramping up production and bringing more variety to market with its new silver bars. Asahi Refining has controlled former-Johnson Matthey refining facilities in North America for a year now, and is rolling out the second bar with its branding, the 1 Kilo Silver Asahi Bar, which is available right now for purchase on Silver.com.
- Among the first 1,000 bars refined in Salt Lake City! Serials #1-1,000! Please note we cannot take requests for specific serial numbers.
- Ships to you in sealed plastic to protect the bar.
- Consists of 1 Kilogram, or 32.15 troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Features the Asahi Refining logo on the obverse.
- Customers please note: Asahi will produce additional bars from a backup Canadian facility, featuring a different mint-mark. These bars will also be released with 1-1,000 serial numbers.
Asahi Holdings is a Japanese company that has been in the precious metals business for 64 years. With its acquisition of Johnson Matthey’s three remaining refining facilities in North America, valued at $186 million, it increase the global awareness of its brand.
Each of the 1 Kilo Silver Asahi Bars available for purchase through this product listing comes from the crop of the first 1,000 bars struck at the Salt Lake City, Utah facility that Asahi acquired from its purchase of Johnson Matthey’s refining business.
On the obverse face of the bar you’ll find the only engravings on the product. The Asahi Refining logo is visible at the top, which includes the words “Asahi SLC” and “Assayers – Refiners.” Additional engravings on this face include the weight, metal content, purity and individual serial number of the bars.
Asahi took control of three facilities in total when it bought out Johnson Matthey. In addition to this Salt Lake City facility, it acquired another refinery in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and an investment support services location in St. Catharines, Canada.
Asahi Holdings was formed in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. The company’s original operations included the collection, recycling, and refining of precious and rare metals from waste material sources in Japan. Although Asahi quickly released 100 oz. Asahi Silver Bars last year, the global demand for silver put the squeeze on production capacity and delayed the production and release of these 1 Kilo Silver Asahi Bars.
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