NOT SOLD (BIDDING OVER), HIGH BID WAS
150.00USDby OAN+ premiums, taxes, fees & shipping
WAS NOT SOLD, auction date was 2010 Nov 08 @ 17:00UTC-8 : PST
A commemorative series of five silver coins from the Bunker Hill Company, a subsidiary of Gulf Resources & Chemical Corporation. Each coin commemorates one of five major events in the history of the company and "...represents a permanent tribute to the men and women who contributed so much to our first 95 years of operation." The events are: 1) Noah Kellogg and Jackass--when the prospector found his runaway jackass standing on the "glistening outcrop of the Bunker Hill lode." The year was 1885 and the Bunker Hill lode is located in Milo Gulch, above what is now the town of Wardner. 2) Kellogg Tunnel--completed in 1902, it replaced an aerial tramway, which crossed over Wardner to a mill in the town of Kellogg. The tram was expensive to operate and dangerous, as buckets of transported ore sometimes spilled on the streets below. 3) Lead Smelter--built in 1917 after the company experienced disputes with outside smelters. 4) Electrolytic Zinc Plant--begun in 1926 and completed in 1928, a joint venture with Hecla Mining Company. 5) Electrolytic Silver Refinery--constructed in 1978, the project reduced the number of steps in the fire refining process, added the electrolytic separation of silver and gold and enhanced the end products. The coins come in a blue velvet-lined 6 x 9"case, and each coin is one Troy ounce 999.5 Fine. The Bunker Hill company is one of the largest mining and smelting complexes in the world, producing approximately 20 percent of America's primary refined lead and zinc. The company also operates one of the world's most modern electrolytic silver refineries, which annually produces approximately 10 million ounces of 999.5+ fine silver and 12,000 ounces of refined gold.