When Johnson Matthey exited the precious metals industry in 2015, Asahi Refining of Japan moved in to secure its facilities in North America. As a result, the North American market gained a new private mint producing cast silver bars, minted ingots, and silver rounds. Among the options when you buy silver bars are the new and emerging product lineups from Asahi’s North American facilities. Today, 100 oz Silver Asahi Florida Bars are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside individual boxes of Monster Boxes of five bars!
- Classic cats bar design!
- Struck at the Florida facility of Asahi Refining!
- Consists of 100 Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- The obverse offers markings of the mint, weight, metal content, and purity.
- On the reverse is a blank field.
Johnson Matthey had been involved in the precious metals industry since its formal founding in 1817, though founder Percival Johnson had been involved in gold assaying as early as 1802. For nearly two centuries, the company was involved in precious metals assaying and, later, producing refined gold, silver, and platinum bars. In 2015, the company began to exit the industry and sold its North American holdings to Asahi Refining. Since then, Asahi has continued to expand the number and style of products it offers to investors in the North American region.
All of these 100 oz Silver Asahi Florida Bars were specifically refined at Asahi’s Florida-based refining facility. The bars have a notation inscribed on the obverse that identifies Florida as the place of origin within the Asahi Refining brand. These are classic cast silver bars available new from the mint inside individual boxes or Monster Boxes of five bars.
The obverse of 100 oz Silver Asahi Florida Bars comes with inscriptions that identify the mint logo and mint name, as well as the weight, metal content, and purity. The mint name and logo are featured at the top of the bar, with nothing in the central design field. The weight, metal content, and purity are noted at the bottom. Near the top, you will notice “Florida” inscribed near the mint name.
On the reverse side of Silver Asahi Florida Bars is a blank field. Asahi has left this field blank on purpose. With that said, you will likely notice some natural formations on this side of the bar. Texture lines and striations such as these result from the cooling of the poured silver in the mold.
Asahi Refining is part of Asahi Holdings based in Tokyo, Japan. The company’s acquisition of Johnson Matthey assets in North America included refining facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Brampton, Ontario, Canada, as well as an assaying office in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
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