Cinncinati Gold & Silver Refining Company

Founded in 1880 by Jacob Schwarz, a Swiss Emigrant, who became a governmental assayer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Incorporated in the 1970’s, Cincinnati Gold & Silver Company refined precious metal scraps into silver or gold bars for resell.

  • Company Location(s): Ohio
  • Dates of Operation: 1880 - 1980's
  • Known Bar Sizes: Odd Weights ~2.5, ~5, ~10, ~15, ~20, ~25, ~30, ~50
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HIstory

Cincinnati Gold and Silver Refining Co., not to be confused with Cincinnati Gold and Silver Mining Co., was founded in 1880 by Swiss Emigrant Jacob Schwarz. Professor Schwarz and his partner Byers were governmental assayers of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati stayed in the Schwarz family until 1964 when it was sold to Edward Spencer and his partner David Grossmann. They became incorporated in January 7, 1970. As a gold and silver refiner, Spencer would purchase metal scraps, photographic waste and platers’ sludges, melt them down or subject them to a chemical process to reclaim the precious metals. During the early 1980s, when silver and gold were at an all time high, lots of quazai treasure hunters would bring grandpa’s watches or grandma’s silverware to coin shops and refiners such as Cincinnati Gold and Silver Refining Co. They would refine whatever scrap into .999 Silver or 24kt Gold bars and for resell, mostly to industrial customers. Spencer’s customers consisted of Jewelers, Dentists and Platers. At the time, March 1982, Spencer estimated there were about 18 Refining companies in the United States and no others in Ohio.

History Provided by Christopher Fleming

Bars by

Cinncinati Gold & Silver Refining Company

Cincinnati 2 oz Vintage Silver Bar reverse

Cincinnati 2.352 oz.

Cinncinati Gold & Silver Refining Company

  • Metal: Silver
  • Weight Class: ~2
  • Specific Weight: 2.35
  • Shape: Flat, Square, Trapezoid
  • Configuration: Square
  • Type: Poured
  • Occurrence Frequency: Very Very Rare
Cincinnati vintage silver bar front

Cincinnati 14.58 oz.

Cinncinati Gold & Silver Refining Company

  • Metal: Silver
  • Weight Class: ~15
  • Specific Weight: 14.58
  • Shape: Flat, Rectangle
  • Configuration: Horizontal
  • Type: Poured
  • Occurrence Frequency: Very Rare
  • Misc.: Crude Pour, Rainbow, Toner