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Ken Potter is currently selling them on ebay at his ebay store for $96.00 (+ $3.99 shipping):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Art-...993&pid=100015&prg=1006&rk=3&sd=300827522056&

For anybody that is interested in buying a 5th edition Archie Kidd can buy one at a decent price at the above ebay auction link. BTW the 90.5 percent feedback rating is explained in the ebay description of what happened to cause his ebay feedback score to fall that low. He is a credible ebay seller and I will personally vouch for him since I have ordered several guidebooks from his ebay store in the past with no problems at all.
Thanks for the info - went to his store to pick up the 5th and 6th editions.
 

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I've been on the hunt for a square type one like this on the cheap to no avail.


I got the round in today and cleaned it up (looks like new) should up the value a few bucks :D
here is the other side with a nativity scene (baby Jesus in basket)
Those are the bars I have, I've only been able to buy them 2 times in the last 8/9 years.
 

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Just post a pic of the bar already, sheeeshhhh :cool:. Coins with naked and/or topless women are posted all the time so I'm sure it's okay to post Marilyn;).

1971 1000 Franc (Dahomey):
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I gota find that set of adult rounds I bought last year, only saw them one time and they were mine, must be low mintage and very rare.
 

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Yep. I thought that it was a good score too IMO at $40.00. This particular Marilyn Monroe bar that I bought is the double sided one that was minted in 1973 by the Colonial Mint. As far as I know, Colonial Mint was the only private mint in the 1970's to make the double-sided Marilyn Monroe bar with that unique incuse pattern reverse. The Robert Westfall version (minted in 1990) and the World Wide Mint version (minted in 1984) of the famous Marilyn Monroe pose are the single-sided silver art bars. In my opinion, the 1973 Colonial version is the best Marilyn Monroe bar that was minted out of all of the Marilyn Monroe-themed bars that currently exist. These nude Marilyn Monroe-themed silver art bars seem to be very hot sellers on ebay with prices ranging from anywhere from as low as $47 to as high as $130 depending on the type. The last few prices that I have recently seen on ebay were in the $100 range with last two bars selling for $64 and $81.
Just post a pic of the bar already, sheeeshhhh :cool:. Coins with naked and/or topless women are posted all the time so I'm sure it's okay to post Marilyn;).
Ok. Fair enough. I was not sure. I wanted to initially post it but at that time, I wanted to err on the side of caution and decided to not post it but since it is ok to post topless women then, I will go ahead and post Marilyn Monroe posing for all of the internet world to see. Here she is:










:36_3_16::36_3_16::36_3_16: AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


Silver art bar porn is great to buy. Silver art bars such as this one are hard to pass up. It is the 1973 Colonial Mint "Marilyn" silver art bar. As I mentioned in my previous post, I paid $40 for this bar last Saturday at a small coin show that I went to. This is one of my best silver art bar finds of this year. Serial # 6391 (of 10,000). I never know what I will find at a coin show but I like being pleasantly surprised and this bar hits the spot for me. :)
 
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For anyone who is interested in buying a 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook for a low price on ebay, then you can go to Ken Potter's ebay store and buy one at the following ebay link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390509163692?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

As I type this, there are 10 available for sale for a total price of $95.75

If you want a 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebookwith the clear Vinyl covers, then Ken Potter has also has some for sale at his ebay store for a total price of $100.75:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Art-...393?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5aec28e7c9

As I type this, he had 9 of these left and those prices are the lowest prices that I have seen for this type of silver art bar guidebook that you will probably see for a long while.

I have ordered from Ken Potter in the past with no problems at all and I vouch for him.
 

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For anyone who is interested in buying a 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook for a low price on ebay, then you can go to Ken Potter's ebay store and buy one at the following ebay link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390509163692?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

As I type this, there are 10 available for sale for a total price of $95.75

If you want a 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebookwith the clear Vinyl covers, then Ken Potter has also has some for sale at his ebay store for a total price of $100.75:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Art-...393?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5aec28e7c9

As I type this, he had 9 of these left and those prices are the lowest prices that I have seen for this type of silver art bar guidebook that you will probably see for a long while.

I have ordered from Ken Potter in the past with no problems at all and I vouch for him.
I think we should post pictures of the art bar books in our personal collection,
 

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I already did but it was a long while ago (post #35 of this thread). Here are the silver art bar books that I currently have:

http://www.goldismoney2.com/showthread.php?7902-70-s-silver-art-bars&p=260242&viewfull=1#post260242

I am going to post the 5th edition book that I just got today in the mail in a few minutes.
Hells bells Josey, Im 62 cant remember that far back, I'll have to see if I can get some pics of mine tonite up, I have 2 that are autographed by Archie.
 

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Here is the 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook that I bought on ebay from Ken Potter's ebay store last Saturday (Dec. 1, 2012). I just received it today in the mail:





This is the 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook. One thing to note here is that the original 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook was published in 1991. This particular Archie Kidd 5th edition book that I posted pictures of is the 2007 updated version (2nd printing, 2011) and it has more pictures and updated mintages (before 2009 Archie Kidd "red book") than the original 1991 5th edition. I paid $100 for mine which is the lowest price that I have seen for this particular silver art bar guidebook. Most prices that I have seen in the past for the 5th edition book range between $150 to as much as $300. Until today, I have never had a 5th edition art bar book because I was not willing to pay the past inflated prices that I have seen for it.





As you can tell from this above picture, it is very thick (358 pages). Actually, this is the thickest silver art bar guidebook that I have which makes sense since it has more pictures and information in it. I consider the 5th edition Archie Kidd book as the complete guidebook with illustrations on silver art bars that exists out there. I was using the 4th edition Archie Kidd guidebook to look up certain silver art bars but from this point going forward, I will use the 5th edition book as my "go-to" reference book when I need to find any pictures and information on certain silver art bars. I feel glad to finally have this guidebook.
 
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Here are mine, the bottom two are autographed by Archie
Thanks for posting that. I do not have any silver art bar guidebooks that were autographed by Archie Kidd. I will admit that one of the regrets that I have since I started collecting silver art bars 4 years ago was not being able to have the opportunity to meet or talk to Archie Kidd when he was alive. IMO Archie Kidd was the person to make the silver art bar hobby into what it is today and if it was not for him and his guidebooks, then I would not have obtained the silver art bar knowledge that I currently have. I always see myself looking at these reference books when I do not know what silver art bar that I have and his books have helped me tremendously. I seem to always learn something about a particular one that I did not know before.
 

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Not 70's art bars but 90's rounds...the plastic cases are scratched and the bears have some toning around the field. These rounds were obtained in a lot of rounds. I bought as Buy it Now on ebay for either at or below spot. I paid $19 each. They were being sold by the child of a deceased father. I firmly believe the father was a GIM member. There were several of the GIM minuteman rounds, a John Galt round etc.
 

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Not 70's art bars but 90's rounds...the plastic cases are scratched and the bears have some toning around the field.
Those are good finds Newmisty. Per our Sunday Night chat conversation there are winning bids for the 1996 Coca-Cola Polar bear round that have gone as high as $80+ but there was a recent completed ebay auction that fetched a winning bid of only $36. The same goes for the 1996 Coca-Cola pointing finger Santa. In the future, if you decide to sell it on ebay, then the best way to sell it IMO is using the "BIN w/make an offer" method to sell it and to assure yourself of a high premium for it.
 

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Great, thanks for the info Josey. So can you tell us here how the art rounds "stack up" to the art bars? Are there as many collectors of one as the other? Are either more collectible than the other?
 

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Great, thanks for the info Josey. So can you tell us here how the art rounds "stack up" to the art bars? Are there as many collectors of one as the other? Are either more collectible than the other?
Generally speaking, I think that art rounds do not stack up to the art bars IMO, however, it really depends on the collector. There are some collectors (such as myself) that will collect just the silver art bars and not bother with the rounds. There are other collectors that will just buy only silver art rounds and not bother with the bars. There are other collectors that will collect both art rounds and art bars depending what what particular themes that they are looking for. Generally speaking, silver art bars seem to have more value than rounds do because some of the '70's bars that came out are now rare and hard to find and there seems to be more of a demand (and increased ebay value) for art bars than for art rounds. It depends on scarcity, certain themes, and demand for certain ones.

There are certain silver art rounds (such as the Coca-Cola rounds you posted pictures of) that will fetch huge premiums on ebay. The Rarities Mint "Disney" silver art rounds, for example, tend to do well on ebay.
 
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Thanks for the info. I had a few of the Rarities Snow White gold coins that were in the sealed cards and off loaded them back at $1800.
 

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I originally wrote this in my silver art bar journal but I decided to cut and paste it here on this thread:

Silver Art on my Silver Art Bar Journal (offline) said:
On Christmas Day, as I sit in front of my computer with my silver art bar journal up, I think about 2012 and how this year went for me as a silver art bar collector. I did not buy any silver art bars this week and, more than likely, I will not buy any next week (because of the scarcity of bars at the local coin shops). My last silver art bar purchase was at a coin show that is near Nashville when I purchased a WWM Coca-Cola - Nashville bar. This is my end of the year report for me to think about things that I have seen as well as thinking about some of the purchases that I made during 2012. Since there is just a week left in 2012, I decided that I was going to go ahead and do my end of the year report today instead of waiting until 12-31-2012 since I do not expect anything to change between now and 12-31-2012.

Overall, 2012 ended up being a very solid year for me as a silver art bar collector. I had many solid finds at various times during this year and I am very happy with how this year went. However, to be honest with you, this year was not as good as 2011 because I had more "home run" finds in 2011 than I did in 2012. To be fair, 2011 was my best year ever as a silver art bar collector and that will be very hard to beat. Either way I am happy. The one thing that easily stood out to me in 2012 was the fact that I was able to go to my 1st IASAC Annual meeting that was held in Dalton, GA in August at the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association Summer Coin show. I have been an IASAC member since Summer 2009 but this was the 1st annual meeting that I was able to go to since it was close to where I live. I had a great time at this show and at the IASAC annual meeting. I got to meet the IASAC trustees and I felt very happy to meet some other silver art bar collectors. This was also the coin show where I was able to purchase a very unique silver piece in that 4-bar "Silver Art Bar" belt buckle [See Post #525 in this thread for pics]. This was, by far, the most unique silver art piece that I bought. I will never forget this experience because I had a great time there.

In terms of the best silver art bar purchase that I bought in 2012, well........There were several excellent purchases that I made through out this year but my 2012 Silver Art Bar Purchase of the Year is the 1973 Colonial Mint "Marilyn" bar (COL-4) for several reasons. [See Post #644 on this thread for pics]. The reasons that this was my purchase of the year because


1.) I found and bought two of those during 2012. I found one on August 4, 2012 at a coin show and I found one on December 1, 2012 at a coin show.

2.) I paid a low price for mine relative to what it sells for on ebay (I paid $35 for one that I purchased on 8-4-2012 and I paid $40 for one that I purchased on 12-1-2012). Those tend to sell for anywhere between $60 to as much $100 on ebay.

3.) I love collecting adult-theme bars and they can be hard to find and even though there were several Marilyn Monroe bars and rounds that were minted by various private mints during the '70's, 80's and 90's, the 1973 Colonial Mint Marilyn Monroe bar is the best one because of the unique reverse that can only be found on the Colonial Mint version. Even though I bought a few adult-themed silver art bars this year, You cannot go wrong with Marylin Monroe in my opinion.

This is a "home run" silver art bar find that I am very proud of.

During this year, there are some things and some trends that I have observed and things that I have done and they are the following:

1.) Most of my silver art bar finds occurred at the the various coin shows that I went during various times - This was a record year for me in terms of the number of coin shows that I went to in 2012. I went to a total of 23 coin shows in 4 states (TN, GA, AL, and SC) which broke my personal record of 20 coin show that I went to in 2011. This was very much worth it IMO in terms of finding what I want and I will continue to go to coin shows in 2013 to find silver art bars since that is the best chance for me to find the ones that I like.

2.) I did not buy many silver art bars at the local coin shops this year - This has been a trend that really started in late 2010 since more people are buying .999 silver now than a few years ago and that is making it a big challenge for me to find silver art bars that I like. The best silver art bar find at the local coin shop was a 1976 Normark Mint "Gasparilla 1976" bar that I bought on September 8, 2012 [See Post # 575 on this thread for pics]. There have been a lot of empty shelves at the local shops as of late and I expect that trend to continue in 2013. The key here for me is to be patient and to be persistent and keep trying when the local shops replenish their shelves with .999 generic silver.
3.) "Mixed results" at the various flea markets (local and out-of-town) - I had some limited results finding silver art bars at the flea market mainly Coca-Cola bars from mainly one dealer that I met at a coin show last year. Other than that, it has not been that great overall at the flea markets that I have been to this year in my opinion. I expect this trend to continue in 2013.

4.) I did not make many silver art bar purchases on ebay this year - Probably less than 10 purchases this year and those a majority of those ebay purchases were very rare ones were on my silver art bar wish list but I could not find locally or at the coin shows. In 2013, I probably will continue to buy a select few bars on ebay (for a collector's premium) that are on my silver art bar wish list but it will not be many. It depends on what I can find locally and at the coin shows in 2013.

5.) I am noticing more fake bars at the coin shows - These are mainly the silver-plated ones from the American Royal Mint. I saw a "100 mills" bars that some dealer was trying to sell as a real one. I have also seen a "German Silver" bar as well as some "Tibet" silver bars that are not real silver. I used to just see those on ebay but some of those are appearing at a few coin shows that I have been to this year. I have not observed this personally but there were reports that a guy was trying to sell a bunch of fake Sunshine Mint silver bars at the Summer Dalton coin show that I went to in August. I have also seen some silver-plated bars at a local flea market that I went to this year. Unfortunately, I expect this trend of seeing more fake bars to continue in the future.

6.) I have finally bought a 5th edition Archie Kidd for a decent price. I could have bought one earlier than this year but they were selling for between $150 to as much as $300 on ebay and I refused to pay that for a guidebook. It does pay to wait and I am glad that I did.

Silver art bars are getting harder to find and they are starting to get much harder to find even at the coin show. This will continue as more collectors buy them and hold on to them. 2013 will be a difficult year for me as a collector and I will have to lower my expectations for next year. I still will plan to go to coin shows to look for them since I have the most success at those events and, of course, I still plan to visit the various local coin shops in my area hunting for them. I do not plan to go to the 2013 IASAC Annual meeting because it will be held on Portland, Oregon this time and that is a very long way for me to travel from Tennessee. I also plan to revise my Silver Art bar wish list since there are certain bars that I am looking for that I did not put on that list when I made it in 2011. I hope that next year will be a good year for me as a silver art bar collector. I will see.
EDIT: It took me about 90 minutes to write this journal entry in my Silver Art Bar Journal because I had a lot to say about 2012 as a silver art bar collector. :)
 
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Rather than posting more art bar pics in other threads, I figured I would share them here where they belong. The 2013 FUN show was quite disappointing when it comes to art bars as I had more than enough money to buy (as opposed to prior years where I had to pass on many), yet I didn't even find 50 non-holiday bars over 3 days worth of searching. I picked up a few bars today for $32ish, but in frustration from not seeing any decent bars I spent more than I should on some.

I spent $35ea on the three below which is more than I should have, but I figured what the heck:
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I also had the unfortunate privilege of walking to a booth while the guy there before me was working a deal on a really cool piece. It's not very rare (as a couple are on eBay right now), but after watching this kid talk the seller down to $115 I immediately offered him $130. It's 3.5 ounces so I definitely paid up for the bar, but I doubt I'll see one again anytime soon (if ever) with the box so I pulled the trigger:
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The sad future facing art bar collectors :(:mad::

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I saw this bar by itself in a case and when the seller said $32 I immediately pulled out the wallet. I paid the man, he handed it to me, and then I turned it over to see that he "verified" it :mad::mad::mad:. I'm sure it's not rare and honestly it doesn't look that old either, but it was a design I didn't have so I was disappointed to see it was trashed. Sadly this is only going to become all too common in today's day and age of ever-improving Chinese fakes :\
 

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Rather than posting more art bar pics in other threads, I figured I would share them here where they belong. The 2013 FUN show was quite disappointing when it comes to art bars as I had more than enough money to buy (as opposed to prior years where I had to pass on many), yet I didn't even find 50 non-holiday bars over 3 days worth of searching. I picked up a few bars today for $32ish, but in frustration from not seeing any decent bars I spent more than I should on some.

I spent $35ea on the three below which is more than I should have, but I figured what the heck:
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I also had the unfortunate privilege of walking to a booth while the guy there before me was working a deal on a really cool piece. It's not very rare (as a couple are on eBay right now), but after watching this kid talk the seller down to $115 I immediately offered him $130. It's 3.5 ounces so I definitely paid up for the bar, but I doubt I'll see one again anytime soon (if ever) with the box so I pulled the trigger:
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$35 for the 1974 International Silver Ingot Company (ISIC) "Raggedy Ann & Andy" is not a bad price IMO. $130 for the 3.5-troy oz 1973 Watergate bar translates to $37.14/oz which that is $6.70 over $30.44 spot price. FWIW there was a similar bar that sold on ebay for $141.94 (plus shipping) on November 25, 2012. $130 might have been the best that you could have done. It is hard to know for sure because those are one of those bars that you are not going to see on a regular basis. As I mentioned in Southfork's thread, silver art bars are getting harder to find and some dealers are starting to price them at higher premiums now.

Based on the bars that you found at the price that you paid, I will say that the Raggedy Ann & Andy bar is the best find among what you posted IMO. ISIC bars have been hard to find based on my past experience of trying to find these at coin shows and at the LCS. $35 for that bar is cheap IMO. The 1973 1st Mount Everest Mint bar and the 1973 Colonial Mint "Day of Remembrance" silver art bars are regular bars in that they are somewhat common IMO.
 

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The sad future facing art bar collectors :(:mad::

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I saw this bar by itself in a case and when the seller said $32 I immediately pulled out the wallet. I paid the man, he handed it to me, and then I turned it over to see that he "verified" it :mad::mad::mad:. I'm sure it's not rare and honestly it doesn't look that old either, but it was a design I didn't have so I was disappointed to see it was trashed. Sadly this is only going to become all too common in today's day and age of ever-improving Chinese fakes :\

I do not know anything about this bar and when I found it in the 5th edition Archie Kidd book, there was no information on it. I am guessing that it is a Commercial silver bar since it is listed in the guidebook under "Commercial and Miscellaneous" section of the guidebook. $32 is not a bad premium IMO in terms of a .999 generic silver premium, however, I have to agree with you on this that it is not anything special in terms of it being rare.
 

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The sad future facing art bar collectors

I was disappointed to see it was trashed. Sadly this is only going to become all too common in today's day and age of ever-improving Chinese fakes :\
I ran across this one listed on ebay $101.

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Seller says
RARE USVI ARGENT INGOT NOT AMARK BULLION BAR.
The bar is In great condition, serial # for unknown reason was removed.

The serial number is actually a lot/batch number
Probably NL-10592
like a few others that I recently acquired

This is not just a test more like someone stole it at some point and removed the identifing marks :(
 

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Silver Art,

I am not very familiar with art bars and was wondering if you knew the value of the "History of World War II" 12 bar set? I do know that each bar is 44 grams of sterling silver but is there any collectors value on this set? I offered the guy $450 for the set and he declined. I'm not sure if I would go any higher.

I figured I would ask the Art bar hoor...:cheerful::bowdown::bowdown:

Here is a picture of the set.

http://www.goldismoney2.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30806&stc=1&d=1358367147
 

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Silver Art,

I am not very familiar with art bars and was wondering if you knew the value of the "History of World War II" 12 bar set? I do know that each bar is 44 grams of sterling silver but is there any collectors value on this set? I offered the guy $450 for the set and he declined. I'm not sure if I would go any higher.

I figured I would ask the Art bar hoor...:cheerful::bowdown::bowdown:

Here is a picture of the set.

http://www.goldismoney2.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30806&stc=1&d=1358367147
I hope that I can help you with this. To be honest with you, I have not seen this particular silver art bar set before until now but I did see that set in my 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook. The guidebook lists this set as "History of World War II - Great Events - The Pacific Theater" and it was minted by Lincoln Mint in 1978. The "History of World War II - Great Events - The Pacific Theater" is art of an overall 48-bar set called "Great Events & Leaders of World War II" according to what the Archie Kidd guidebook says. The mintage listed for this set is 5000 per bar.

I also decided to do a search on ebay of completed auctions to see what similar Lincoln Mint WWII bars went for and I found a following completed auction of a WWII bar that had a winning bid of $45.00 on October 31, 2012:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-OZ-INVA...=&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


Here is another completed ebay auction of a Lincoln Mint WWII bar that sold for a BIN price of $64.95 on November 1, 2012:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-OZ-INVA...=&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


Those above 2 completed auctions were the only WWII Lincoln Mint sterling silver bars that I could find on ebay. However, this bar is not part of the the set that you have pictured but it was minted by Lincoln Mint and it is part of the "Great Events & Leaders of World World II" 48-bar set.

With all of that said, a price of between $45 and 64.95 per bar is a general range that bars like that have sold on ebay based on those above two completed ebay auction links. So on the low end, you could sell it for $540 (12 bars * $45 per bar) and at the high end, you could sell it for $779.40 (12 bars * $64.95 per bar). With respect to what price you should ask for, I would try to sell it on ebay for a BIN price of about $750 with a "make a deal" offer and not except anything lower than $500 for the set.
 
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I hope that I can help you with this. To be honest with you, I have not seen this particular silver art bar set before until now but I did see that set in my 5th edition Archie Kidd silver art bar guidebook. The guidebook lists this set as "History of World War II - Great Events - The Pacific Theater" and it was minted by Lincoln Mint in 1978. The "History of World War II - Great Events - The Pacific Theater" is art of an overall 48-bar set called "Great Events & Leaders of World War II" according to what the Archie Kidd guidebook says. The mintage listed for this set is 5000 per bar.

I also decided to do a search on ebay of completed auctions to see what similar Lincoln Mint WWII bars went for and I found a following completed auction of a WWII bar that had a winning bid of $45.00 on October 31, 2012:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-OZ-INVA...=&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


Here is another completed ebay auction of a Lincoln Mint WWII bar that sold for a BIN price of $64.95 on November 1, 2012:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-OZ-INVA...=&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


Those above 2 completed auctions were the only WWII Lincoln Mint sterling silver bars that I could find on ebay. However, this bar is not part of the the set that you have pictured but it was minted by Lincoln Mint and it is part of the "Great Events & Leaders of World World II" 48-bar set.

With all of that said, a price of between $45 and 64.95 per bar is a general range that bars like that have sold on ebay based on those above two completed ebay auction links. So on the low end, you could sell it for $540 (12 bars * $45 per bar) and at the high end, you could sell it for $779.40 (12 bars * $64.95 per bar). With respect to what price you should ask for, I would try to sell it on ebay for a BIN price of about $750 with a "make a deal" offer and not except anything lower than $500 for the set.

Thanks Silver Art!

I did find these three that sold on EBay and are part of the set I found.


http://www.goldismoney2.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30816&stc=1&d=1358381025

These completed listings gave me some cause for concern. I have also been unable to find the complete set on EBay. I was not that interested in them but did think of you. If you were interested in them I would not mind buying them and then selling them to you at cost plus shipping. Again, that's only if your interested. From one GIMer to another.:cheers:
 

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Thanks Silver Art!

I did find these three that sold on EBay and are part of the set I found.


http://www.goldismoney2.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=30816&stc=1&d=1358381025

These completed listings gave me some cause for concern. I have also been unable to find the complete set on EBay. I was not that interested in them but did think of you. If you were interested in them I would not mind buying them and then selling them to you at cost plus shipping. Again, that's only if your interested. From one GIMer to another.:cheers:


Thanks for asking but I will have to pass and the reason that I will pass on the set because those particular bars are not on my silver art bar wish list and I usually do not buy sterling silver art bars. Thanks again for asking. :) Also thanks for posting those ebay completed auction search results. You did a better ebay search than I did. $36 to $38 is probably a more realistic price for each of those bars than the $45 to $64.95 that I found on ebay. I still think that they could potentially sell for $45 or more per bar on ebay but if you decided to do it as a BIN price, then it might sit there for a very long time before it finally sells. At $36 to $38 per bar the set would be worth $432 to $456. It is very hard to find a complete set of that particular size or larger on ebay because the whole set will not usually show up on ebay very often.
 
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SA, your gut must be churning with silver going up, as a friend I will send you a bottle of tums if it will help, let me know.
 

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SA, your gut must be churning with silver going up, as a friend I will send you a bottle of tums if it will help, let me know.
Nope. No Tums for me since my gut feels fine. Thanks anyway for offering. :) Actually my gut feels full from eating a meal that I cooked tonight.

EDIT: The only time that my gut would churn would be if spot silver rose to a price that was so high that I could no longer afford to buy silver art bars. I do not feel that spot silver will rise to the point where I will have to worry about that anytime soon so I will continue to enjoy hunting for rare silver art bars that I love to add my collection. I am living my silver art bar dream one silver art bar at a time. :)
 
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Nope. No Tums for me since my gut feels fine. Thanks anyway for offering. :) Actually my gut feels full from eating a meal that I cooked tonight.

EDIT: The only time that my gut would churn would be if spot silver rose to a price that was so high that I could no longer afford to buy silver art bars. I do not feel that spot silver will rise to the point where I will have to worry about that anytime soon so I will continue to enjoy hunting for rare silver art bars that I love to add my collection. I am living my silver art bar dream one silver art bar at a time. :)
Would 3 digit silver do that?? It's coming sooner than you think, Hell's coming and it's bringing silver with it.
 

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These completed listings gave me some cause for concern. I have also been unable to find the complete set on EBay. I was not that interested in them but did think of you. If you were interested in them I would not mind buying them and then selling them to you at cost plus shipping. Again, that's only if your interested. From one GIMer to another.:cheers:
I have found a world of difference between pricing/demand for 1oz .999 art bars and sterling bars. Dealers nearly always offer significantly less for sterling bars and often times sell them at melt or less. I passed on a very nice gun themed sterling set last year at 97% of melt and when I changed my mind a few days later and called the dealer he told me they were already at the refiner :(. I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions, but in general sterling silver art bars should be very close to melt unless they have naked woman or some other really cool thing going for them.

Of course on some level times are changing when it comes to art bars so perhaps even sterling examples are worth a small premium these days...
 

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Would 3 digit silver do that?? It's coming sooner than you think, Hell's coming and it's bringing silver with it.
Yep. 3-digit silver would would cause me to stop buying silver art bars because I could no longer to afford to buy them. Specifically speaking, a spot silver price that is between $100 to $150 would slow me down dramatically but I would still buy certain ones that I am looking for but would take me longer to save the FRNs to buy one. Any spot silver price that is well over $150 would cause me to stop buying silver art bars because I could no longer afford to continue my hobby at that price level. With that said, I do not expect silver to even hit and hold $50 before 2015. I do not expect silver to hit 3 digits in my lifetime so I am not very concerned about it. As a matter of fact, I am just taking my time in looking for certain silver art bars that I want. Currently, the fact that several '70's silver art bars are much harder to find now at the LCS and at the coin shows will be the main factor that will force me to slow down my silver art bar purchasing.
 
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So what happened to Art? Did he get arrested for having nude silver art bars or something?
I think SA is getting medical care for his gut problem, seems it's acting up as silver refuses to go below 31 an ounce and he's expecting the 20s.
 

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lakeland show this weekend and Sarasota show next weekend, need to buy the dip then to the moonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
Thanks for giving me dibs on everything at the show today buddy, but sadly there were only a few dozen art bars there and the bulk of them were common stuff. I did pick up one or two nice bars so I'll share those below, but considering all but one of the 30ish bars I purchased were $32ea none of them were a screaming deal. Meh, I'll take what I can get as I don't have most the common stuff anyway.

Here's what you missed at $32ea. First up, here is a group of Hamilton Mint "Wonders of America" bars:

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