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  1. #1
    us
    Author: Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure In Southeast Asia

    Sep 2005
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    FOUND! CACHE OF 5 SILVER INGOTS!!

    Gentlemen,

    Today I found a cache of 5 Silver Ingots weighing a total of 5.5 lbs! It was less than a foot deep.Click image for larger version. 

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    INGOT DETAILS
    1. 0.85 lbs. 1.750 inches diameter
    2. 1.25 lbs. 1.850 inches diameter
    3. 1 lb. 1.755 inches diameter
    4. 0.90 lbs. 1.70 inches diameter
    5. 1.30 lbs. 1.92 inches diameter
    Total Combined Weight of 5.5 lbs.

    Has anyone ever seen Silver ingots like this? I wanted to confirm if they are Silver but due to the COVID-19 all the pawn shops seem to be closed. All I know is that they are very heavy size. Non-metalic (magnet doesn't stick). Possibly even PLATINUM?? LOL.. wishful thinking.

    Can anyone help me identify this rusty can they were buried in?

    Thanks in advance.
    TW
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  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2016
    Central NJ
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    That's a very cool find. Might be lead and zinc. Not sure what they were for though.
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    So many old sites to hunt....so little time.

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    Reminds me of a Christmas carol. "Silver balls, silver balls, Its Christmas time in the city! …. or is that Silver bells... I can never remember.
    Best Finds:

    1786 Vermont Landscape Copper (Ryder 7 variety)
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  4. #4
    us
    Author: Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure In Southeast Asia

    Sep 2005
    Oceanside, CA
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    Shipwrecks
    No. Not lead or zinc. It is much too hard to be those metals.
    TW

    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Mean View Post
    That's a very cool find. Might be lead and zinc. Not sure what they were for though.
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    us
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    Can is a Vintage Wilson Championship Tennis Balls 1980's. Looks like they used the balls as a mold for whatever metal that is.




    Edited to add: I would be careful handling those, could be something nefarious smuggled in.
    Last edited by Ol' Kentuck; May 14, 2020 at 11:02 PM.

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2015
    Yacolt WA
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    Interesting -
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  7. #7
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    Ol' Kentuck

    Nice ID!

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    wonder if there is something inside them.....

  9. #9

    Dec 2014
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    Awesome ID!
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  10. #10
    us
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    I don't think I would be taking them to a pawn shop. Get a test kit, and don't cut one open just yet.

    Think Geiger counter. Just to be on the safe side.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_scrap_metal
    Last edited by Ol' Kentuck; May 14, 2020 at 11:28 PM.

  11. #11
    us
    Oct 2018
    Mercer County, PA
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    See if you can get something to accurately measure their volume, like a graduated cylinder. Then you can use the volume and mass to find density. Assuming they are pure metals, the density will tell you what metal they are. Good luck getting an accurate graduated cylinder if you don't already have one, though.

  12. #12
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    TunaTonker

    Nov 2016
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    Correction:

    You have silver balls based on your weight and measurements.

    Weight of silver can vary, depending on the density of the casting, but roughly .379 pounds per Cubic Inch.

    So take the diameter of your balls, figure the volume in CI and multiply by .379 and whola!

    So your 1.850 diameter ball has a CI volume of 3.32 x .379 = 1.258 pounds and you measured it at 1.25 so it appears to be silver. Though lead comes in at .41 per CI, so it is close and given that the spheres are of unknown porosity and perhaps not perfectly round and the scale being used is an old mechanical scale it could be lead as well. I'd put them on a digital scale for a more accurate reading and then measure the diameter with a caliper all around to see how uniform the diameter is.
    Last edited by GoDeep; May 15, 2020 at 12:21 AM.

  13. #13
    us
    Author: Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure In Southeast Asia

    Sep 2005
    Oceanside, CA
    192
    61 times
    Shipwrecks
    Exactly. Thanks. I sent the photo to my 14 year old daughter and she also figured it out within 5 minutes. LOL. But she was saying that Wilson first started making those cans in 1950.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Kentuck View Post
    Can is a Vintage Wilson Championship Tennis Balls 1980's. Looks like they used the balls as a mold for whatever metal that is.




    Edited to add: I would be careful handling those, could be something nefarious smuggled in.

  14. #14
    us
    Author: Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure In Southeast Asia

    Sep 2005
    Oceanside, CA
    192
    61 times
    Shipwrecks
    Thank you all, gentlemen, for your great replies here. I appreciate every one of them.
    TW
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  15. #15
    us
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    You're welcome. Good luck.

 

 
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