Engelhard Silver Bars

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Engelhard Silver Bars are one of the most famous names in silver bullion manufacturers, however Engelhard bars have not been made since the 1980s. The bars are still widely circulated however, and are a popular choice with investors and collectors.

Engelhard Silver Bar
Engelhard Silver Bar

Engelhard, founded in 1902 by Charles W. Engelhard Sr., was once a Fortune 500 company and had its headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey. Engelhard went on to become the world's largest refiner and fabricator of platinum metals, gold and silver. They were a producer of silver and silver alloys in mill forms and operator of the world's largest precious metals smelter.

In 1967, after a successful merger with Minerals & Chemicals Philipp (MCP), a new entity was formed, called Engelhard Minerals & Chemicals Corporation (EMCC). This was structured into three divisions: Minerals & Chemicals, which processed non-metallic minerals; Engelhard Industries, which refined and fabricated precious metals; and Philipp Brothers.

Engelhard is also famous for developing the first production catalytic converter for automobiles. The company was sold to BASF in 2006 for $5,000,000,000 USD.

Like other silver bars, Engelhard silver bars are typically manufactured at .999 purity (99.9%) and this will be stamped on the bar along with the weight, manufacturer's stamp and sometimes (but not always) a serial number.

Engelhard silver bars are most often seen at 1, 10 and 100 (troy) ounce minted (pressed) size, however they have also been made at some less common sizes - including 1000 oz, 500 oz, 50 oz, 7 oz, 3 oz, 5 grams and quite possibly others. Bars will typically have the word "ENGELHARD" written on them, sometimes with the company logo, a stylized globe with the letter "E" over it. An older Engelhard logo also features a maple leaf with the word "Engelhard" over it; also an eagle holding an olive branch may be seen on some bars.

Because the bars are considered a collector's items they can sometimes be seen selling way above spot price, for example on ebay. However prices vary widely for these bars so it's good to shop around for the best deal.

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