National Geographic : 1972 Mar
An important announcement concerning a significant new method for the average investor to acquire works of art in precious proof-finish sterling silver - through the systematic acquisition of a series of commemorative silver ingots honoring the 36 men who have been Presidents of the United States PRESIDENTIAL SILVER INGOTS The 36 men who have served as President of our great land are symbolic of America's majesty and her dedication to freedom for all men. Now, as the keen excitement and solemn purpose of another Presi dential election draws near, The Danbury Mint is embarking on an ambitious program to pay tribute to the Presidency in the timeless medium of sculpture in precious metal - through the issuance of a se ries of 36 large-size solid Sterling Silver Ingots, each carrying a finely sculpted Presidential portrait. YOUR PERSONAL TREASURY OF WORKS OF ART IN STERLING SILVER Government regulations discourage U.S . citizens from stockpiling gold. However, there is nothing to prevent owning as much silver as you can afford. Now for the first time, The Danbury Mint is offering a massive col lection of silver in art ingot form. Presidential Silver Ingots will be minted in the collector's choice of either of two sizes - containing 2,500 grains or 5,000 grains of gleaming sterling silver. A collection in either size will contain more silver than the average individual ever possesses in a life time. AN INVESTMENT OF CONSEQUENCE IN FINE ART AND PRECIOUS METAL More and more astute individuals are collecting works of art in sterling silver for investment purposes. This type of collecting is traditional among well-established families who build personal treasuries of precious metals and fine art. We can think of no better way to start - or add to - your own private treasury than to subscribe to this series combining the true beauty of fine art with a most significant silver content. A TRULY UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITY It is interesting to consider that the new Eisenhower proof silver dollar contains 152 grains of silver and has been sold by the U.S . Treasury at $10.00 each. The smaller of the two Presidential Silver Ingot sizes contains 2,500 grains of sterling silver and will be issued at only $22.00 each (plus a small charge for postage and handling). Think what this means! You would have to spend over $150.00 purchasing Eisenhower proof coins from the U.S. Government to obtain as much silver as is con tained in a single Presidential Silver Ingot to be issued at $22.00 . Naturally, we are not suggesting people are buying Eisen hower dollars solely for their silver content (just as we would not suggest anyone buy Presidential Ingots solely for their silver content). At the same time, the striking advantage for Presidential Ingots seems worthy of your consideration. EACH INGOT WILL BE HALLMARKED Each ingot will be hallmarked with the world-acclaimed A mark of The Danbury Mint, the year of mintage, and certification of the number of grains of sterling silver. These ingots will be struck with a full proof finish. This is the finish that is reserved for only the most significant medallic issues - and is rarely available in ingot form. The beautifully sculpted busts will have a frosted surface to stand out from the gleaming mirror-like background. The beauty of the sculpturing and the meticulous crafting of the minter's art, combined with the massive heft of the ingot itself, will make this a most worthwhile collection.