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Small gold ingot, 6.35 oz., dated 1959, New York Assay Office, ex-Bently Collection.

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Shipwreck Ingots Start Price:7,000.00 USD Estimated At:8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD
Small gold ingot, 6.35 oz., dated 1959, New York Assay Office, ex-Bently Collection.
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11,000.00USD+ (2,090.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2018 Nov 02 @ 12:56UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Small gold ingot, 6.35 oz., dated 1959, New York Assay Office, ex-Bently Collection. 1-3/8" x 1" x 3/8. Neatly rectangular and well marked on all but two of its six sides, the bottom smooth with small depression but the top graced with large circular seal showing date 1959 over a Federal-style eagle and NEW YORK (the words "U.S. ASSAY OFFICE" at top too weak to discern), over-stamped with FINE / 999.8, three of the narrow sides stamped with weight OZS 6.35, "510" and "M2" (meaning unknown). The New York Assay Office, whose premises sold in 1983 for $27 million and set a record for the most valuable U.S Government real estate sold at auction (for the time), was a massive re-melting operation for coins and scrap, notably gold and silver confiscated from the Germans in World War II (hence possibly the source of material for this ingot). San Franciscans might recognize that in 2014 this piece was sold as part of the "Christopher Bently's Nob Hill Collection" alongside the Donald E. Bently Collection for the benefit of the Bently Foundation. (Donald E. Bently, who died in 2012, was an engineer and businessman in Nevada, and his son Christopher is a noted businessmen, philanthropist and socialite in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife Camille, daughter Hope and rescue chihuahua Carlito.) Pedigreed to Christopher Bently's Nob Hill Collection (Heritage auction of February-March 2014, lot #4381.