I am completely thrilled with my purchase of a Monarch Precious Metals one ounce .999 silver ingot. These pieces are simple and sophisticated, imperfect yet beautiful. There is something very old-fashioned about them, like they just came off a Spanish treasure ship in the 1600s or something. As you can see, I have placed mine over-top of an old US One Dollar Silver Certificate, which, prior to 1965, could be redeemed at the US Treasury for either a silver dollar coin, or 371.25 grains of fine silver shot. Those were the days!