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DRAPER MINT


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is pleased to welcome visitors to our Draper Mint Definitive Page. While our focus is clearly Engelhard, we recognize that many Engelhard bullion collectors also collect other bars and ingots. As such, we appreciate the opportunity to present additional collections and look forward to your thoughts and input!

THE DRAPER MINT – This refiner includes SWISS of Utah, Swiss of America, AMERICAN, RMM Rocky Mountain Mint, KINGSMEN SILVER, and also enjoyed an affiliation with Handy & Harman.  The Draper Mint was founded in 1960 by Loyd Hewitt in Draper, Utah. 

Hewitt was born in 1924 in Ogden, Utah, grew up in St. George, Utah and lived many years in Sandy, Utah.  He passed away in 2014.  He served as an officer in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  After his service, he used his GI Bill to study geo-physics at the University of Utah. He spent many years traveling North America surveying for mineral deposits.
After working for mining companies such as Twin Peaks Mining, American Smelting and Refining, and Newmont Mining, Hewitt founded his own company, Hewitt Enterprises.  He began surveying the country for minerals using a new technology, which he was pioneering.  He became known as the man with the magic black box, and performed geophysical surveys across much of North America.  He hired several family members, personal friends and children of friends to assist his ongoing projects.  After many years, there was a downturn within the mining industry in the United States, and he decided it was time to retire… sort of.
In his semi-retirement, Hewitt decided to start a new company entitled DRAPER MINT – Swiss of America, which provided access to gold and silver for the public. With this new company, he continued helping others by hiring those that sought employment. Hewitt was able to do something he always dreamed of during his term at Swiss of America.  He acquired a soda pop machine that would allow him to provide soda pop for free.  Draper Mint – Swiss of America was housed in an old Poultry Processing plant that was previously owned by Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of the Television.  They refined silver, gold and platinum and minted silver and gold medallions.
In this section, we will honor the thin extruded bars produced in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the first examples named SWISS of Utah, followed by Swiss of America, and several co-branded examples.  Some of the early SWISS of Utah bars display Handy & Harman’s purity counterstamp on the reverse.  Also included below are the more common DRAPER MINT Swiss of America rounds and ‘ROLO’ examples of the early 1970’s in associated weight class of 1oz, 2oz, 2.5oz and 5oz.  We hope you enjoy this section!
If you are aware of other sizes/examples that are not represented below, please email us at [email protected].

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MINTAGE
Screenshot 2024-04-07 at 10.46.48 AM[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][SWISS OF AMERICA] [31.1 GRAMS] [24K GOLD]31.1 gram gold round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.<1,000
s-l500-1s-l1600-1[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Double Circular Border][SWISS OF AMERICA] [Image of Alp Peaks] [Perimeter Dash Boarder Pattern]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.  This larger 38.40mm round is undated, but was produced in 1973/1974.<25,000
s-l500-1s-l500[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Double Circular Border][SWISS OF AMERICA] [999 FINE SILVER] [ONE OUNCE] [Dotted Border]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38.40mm round is undated, but was produced in 1973/1974. Similar to our above example, though demonstrates a different reverse.<25,000
image1image0[SWISS OF AMERICA] [1973] [DRAPER MINT][★] [ONE OUNCE] [.999+] [FINE SILVER]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38.40mm round was produced in 1973.<10,000
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[COMSTOCK SILVER COMPANY] [CSC Logo][★] [ONE OUNCE] [.999+] [FINE SILVER]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Similar to our example above, though produced for Comstock Silver Company.<5,000
s-l1600-1s-l1600-2[SWISS OF AMERICA] [Image of Alp Peaks] [Perimeter Dash Boarder Pattern][★] [ONE OUNCE] [.999+] [FINE SILVER]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38mm round is undated, but was produced in 1973/1974.<25,000
Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 3.36.36 PM unnamed[SWISS OF AMERICA] [Image of Alp Peaks] [Perimeter Dash Boarder Pattern][ONE OUNCE] [.999] [FINE SILVER] [1973] [DRAPER MINT]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38mm round was produced in 1973.  Our thanks to GK for this discovery!<10,000
Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 3.36.36 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-01 at 3.35.03 PM[SWISS OF AMERICA] [Image of Alp Peaks] [Perimeter Dash Boarder Pattern][ONE OUNCE] [.999] [FINE SILVER] [1974] [DRAPER MINT]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38.40mm round was produced in 1974.  Our thanks to GK for this discovery!<10,000
image0image1[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][ONE OUNCE] [.999] [FINE SILVER] [1974] [DRAPER MINT]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This larger 38.40mm round is a transitional hybrid of the above and below entries and was produced in 1974.<10,000
unnamed-1 unnamed[JIM McCULLOUGH] [Image of Potato] [CERTIFIED] [SEED POTATOES][ONE OUNCE] [.999] [FINE SILVER] [1974] [DRAPER MINT]1oz round produced by Draper Mint for Jim McCullough Seed Potatoes.<2,000
UntitledUntitled 2[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][SWISS OF AMERICA] [999 FINE SILVER] [ONE OUNCE] [Dotted Border]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This smaller 24.5mm ‘ROLO’ round is undated.<100,000
swiss-america-golden-west-oz-999_1_6e6cfbf8f37a5c57ec391e8309a1f843swiss-america-gol2den-west-oz-999_1_6e6cfbf8f37a5c57ec391e8309a1f843[GOLDEN WEST] [Image of Grand Teton Peaks] [TETON] [SWISS OF AMERICA] [999 FINE SILVER] [ONE OUNCE] [Dotted Border]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. This smaller 24.5mm ‘ROLO’ round is undated.<25,000
Untitled copy 11-1 copy[ONE Troy Ounce .999 FINE SILVER STRUCK IN THE United States OF AMERICA Rocky Mountain MINT CERTIFIED WEIGHT AND QUALITY] [Image of Loyd Hewitt Signature][RMM Custom Script]1oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.<250
s-l1600Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 4.33.09 PM[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Double Circular Border][SWISS OF AMERICA] [999 FINE SILVER] [ONE OUNCE] [Dotted Border]2oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.<25,000
Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 10.57.05 AM[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Double Circular Border][2.50 OUNCES] [999] [FINE SILVER] [1974] [DRAPER MINT]2.50oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. <2,000
Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 4.37.54 PMScreen Shot 2018-12-14 at 4.37.40 PM[SWISS OF AMERICA] [Image of Alp Peaks] [Perimeter Dash Boarder Pattern][2.50 OUNCES] [999] [FINE SILVER] [1974] [DRAPER MINT]2.50oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. <15,000
oz-silver-ounce-swiss-america-soa-art_1_c454a692b44c18384f7bb66ec4ccbbf4oz-silver-ounce-swiss-america-soa-art_1_c454a692b44c18384f7bb66ec4ccbb2f4[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][S. O. A.] [Image of Patriot] [5•Oz.] [.999 Silver]5oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. <10,000
Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 10.24.51 AM[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][S. O. A.] [Image of Bill of Rights] [5•Oz.] [.999 Silver]5oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.<2,000
Screen Shot 2018-12-26 at 5.02.24 PM[SWISS of AMERICA] [Swiss Alp Themed Background][S. O. A.] [Image of Eagle] [5•Oz.] [.999 Silver]5oz round produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. <2,000
Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 5.52.14 AM[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Swiss of America] [.999+ fine silver] [2.67 oz.] 
Machined FinishApproximate 3oz class bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.  Also observed in weight class of 2.72oz, 2.74oz and 2.81oz.<250
Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 5.01.52 PM[Decorative Border] [DRAPER MINT][Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of AMERICA] [.999 FINE SILVER] [THREE OUNCES]

3oz Series 1 bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Early 1970’s extruded bar, demonstrates 45-degree angle outside borders, machined edges, more crude than our Series 2 example listed further below.  In several examples we have noticed an inverted reverse, which was typical in the day for hand placed stampings. 

<7,500
UntitledUntitled2[Decorative Border] [DRAPER MINT][Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of AMERICA] [.999 FINE SILVE] [THREE OUNCES]3oz Series 1 bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Similar to our above example, but in error variety.  Note the letter ‘R’ is missing from the ‘SILVER’ stamp found on the reverse. <500
draper-mint-swiss-america-oz-999_1_e923ca414562a9d087e27cb75d2ae744[Decorative Border] [DRAPER MINT][Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of AMERICA] [.999 FINE SILVER] [THREE OUNCES]3oz Series 2 bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Demonstrates rounded outside border and is more refined that our Series 1 examples, listed above.<7,500
thumbnail-2[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of Utah] [999+ FINE SILVER] [5.54 OZ.][Triangular Handy & Harman Hallmark] [HANDY & HARMAN] [QUALITY] [SERVICE] [999+ FINE ✲]

These were the first examples produced by The Draper Mint in 1960+/-, with the initial production reportedly spanning as little as a few weeks, and many of the first bars were stamped on blanks acquired from Handy & Harman.  These were followed by a non-Handy & Harman counter stamp variety, and a small run of bars displaying a small 999+ below the word SWISS.  We estimate total mintage of all 3 varieties at <1000, with very few survivors. 

<1,000
unnamed[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of Utah] [FINE SILVER] [5.52 OZ.][Triangular Handy & Harman Hallmark] [HANDY & HARMAN] [QUALITY] [SERVICE] [999+ FINE ✲]

Similar to our example above, though does not include the ‘999+’ on the obverse.

<250
4[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Swiss of America] [.999+ fine silver] [5.35 oz.]Machined Finish

Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Production of these Swiss of America examples followed Swiss of Utah and continued through the 1960’s.

<7,500

Untitled[RMM] [ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINT] [5.12] [OZ.] [999+] [FINE SILVER]Machined Finish

Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Rocky Mountain Mint.  Note the Rocky Mountain Mint examples were produced from old stock blanks sourced from Swiss of America.

<500

A0F281F2-102E-4E4A-80CE-60B461DB4901_1_105_cScreen Shot 2024-03-03 at 10.35.34 AMMachined Finish

Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Rocky Mountain Mint.  Note the Rocky Mountain Mint examples were produced from old stock blanks sourced from Swiss of America.  Similar to our example above, though demonstrates inverted ‘OZ.’ and purity stampings.

<5

UntitledUntitled2[RMM] [ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINT][5.00] [OZ.] [999+] [FINE SILVER]

Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Rocky Mountain Mint. This stubby example is shorter and thicker than our exampled listed directly above.   Note the Rocky Mountain Mint examples were produced from old stock blanks sourced from Swiss of America.

<250

Untitled[AMERICAN] [5.06 OZ. [999+] [FINE SILVER]Machined Finish

Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by American.  Note the American examples were produced from old stock blanks sourced from Swiss of America.

<250

Untitled[KINGSMEN SILVER] [.999+] [FINE SILVER] [4.99 OZ.]Machined FinishApproximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Kingsmen Silver.  Note the Kingsmen Silver examples were produced from old stock blanks sourced from Swiss of America.<1,000
IMG_2910 IMG_2911[KINGSMEN SILVER] [.999+] [FINE SILVER] [4.99 OZ.]PARTIAL
HALLMARK
[Triangular Handy & Harman Hallmark] [HANDY & HARMAN] [QUALITY] [SERVICE] [999+ FINE ✲]
Approximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Kingsmen Silver with partial Handy & Harman triangular hallmark on reverse.<10
IMG_2912[.999+] [FINE SILVER] [4.91 OZ.]Machined FinishApproximate 5oz class extruded bar produced by Kingsmen Silver in hallmark absent variation.<10
Untitled[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Swiss of America] [.999+ fine silver] [7.65 oz.]Machined FinishApproximate 8oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.<1,000
s-l1600s-l1600-1[Weight Class] [+999] [FINE SILVER]Machined FinishApproximate 9oz to 12oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.  This unique example does not include a hallmark.<50
Untitled[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [SWISS of Utah] [FINE SILVER] [11.48 OZ.]Machined FinishApproximate 9oz to 12oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America.  A small percentage of these bars display the Handy & Harmon hallmark on the reverse, as pictured below.
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<500
Untitled[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Swiss of America] [.999+ fine silver] [11.82 oz.]Machined FinishApproximate 9oz to 12oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. Similar to our above variety, though demonstrates a different image background.  Note the example below with an error weight stamp, originally 10.09 and re-stamped 11.70.
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<1,000
UntitledUntitled2[RMM] [ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINT] [9.80] [OZ.] [999] [FINE SILVER][RMM] [ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINT]Approximate 9oz to 12oz class ingot produced by Rocky Mountain Mint.<100
Untitled[Swiss Alp Themed Background] [Swiss of America] [.999+ fine silver] [103.32 oz.]Machined FinishApproximate 100oz class extruded bar produced by Draper Mint – Swiss of America. <100