Johnson Matthey was one of the longest operating brands in the precious metals industry, with a history that dates back as far as the early 1800s in Britain. As of 2014, the company’s 160-plus-year history in silver and gold production came to an end with the sale of its operations to Japan’s Asahi Refining. Now, new products are hitting the market with the Asahi Metals logo as the new company hits its stride in production. Silver.com now offers the 10 oz Silver Asahi Refining Bar in new condition.
- Ships to you sealed in protective plastic.
- These bars are available in brand-new condition!
- Consists of Ten Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse features the Asahi Metals logo with markings for weight and purity.
- Reverse bears the repeating Asahi Metals logo.
- Guaranteed by Asahi Refining.
- Eligible for use in Precious Metals IRAs.
Asahi Refining completed a $186 million purchase of Johnson Matthey’s silver and gold production facilities in March 2015. The company immediately began working to turn out silver bars from the North American locations under the new Asahi Refining brand. From the start, Asahi’s designs replicate those of Johnson Matthey as it likely uses the molds the British company had been using for years.
The production of Asahi Refining silver bars was delayed in 2015 as demand for silver hit all-new highs around the globe. This choked the global supply of silver, making it difficult for the refiner to get a wide variety of new products out in the market. Larger weights came out first, with production now catching up to demand for the popular 1 oz and 10 oz varieties.
On the obverse of the 10 oz Silver Asahi Refining Bar you’ll find the Asahi Metals logo at the top of the bar, followed by an engraving of “Asahi Refining.” Below this you’ll notice the engravings of “Fine Silver 999” in a rectangular box, with the weight of the bar listed as “10 Troy Ounces” at the bottom.
The reverse of each Asahi Refining Silver Bar bears only the repeating logo of Asahi Metals. Resembling the combination of the letters “A” and “M,” the logo is set at a 45-degree angle and repeats across the face of the reverse with as many as seven full incarnations of the logo visible on the bar.
Asahi Refining opened its doors as a refiner of recycled precious metals from the manufacturing and industrial sectors in Tokyo, Japan in 1952. Its purchase of Johnson Matthey’s production facilities gave it control of refineries in Salt Lake City, Utah and Brampton, Ontario, Canada. An additional investment casting facility in St. Catharines, Canada was included in the purchase as well.
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