December 2, 2013

Germany, 1854

Eduard Hirsch from Hanau, selling manufactured Platinum at South German Florin Coin rates (24 Gulden Fuss: 1 Thlr = Fl. 1.75).  The standard price quote for wire (at the Frankfurter Silbergewicht Loth = 14.614 g.) is likely intrinsic retail; manufactured Platinum cost more, accordingly. 

Though it is not explicitly stated by the Viennese author as an intrinsic rate for Platinum, if Platinumware had otherwise been sold at Fl. C.M. 12/Wiener Loth, then (nonsensically) the retail price for manufactures would actually have been cheaper in Vienna.  

The intrinsic cash rate for Platinum (at the Silbergewicht Loth) was Fl. 564.53/Kg; for Platinumware Fl. 718.38/Kg.  
.... (~ℳ B. 641.53; Mfg: ℳ B. 816.37)

1854: 1 Troy Oz. Platinum (Mkt/Wire) = Fl. 17.556

1854: 1 Ozt. Platinum (Fine Wire) = Fl. 19.684
1854: 1 Ozt. Platinum (Mfg) = Fl. 22.344

Vienna, Austria:
1854: 1 Troy Oz. Platinum (Intrinsic, Ret.?) = Fl C. M. 21.275 (Fl. 21.356)

Citation: Archiv für physiologische und pathologische Chemie und Mikroskopie in ihrer ... ; Johann-Florian Heller (1853/4) p.363

We cannot refrain from devoting a few words to a company in Germany, a company, after so long a time which we in Austria have especially longed for, for we have not here in Vienna but always need the various requisites for chemical laboratories: platinum vessels, sheet metal wire of various dimensions, {etc.} but must pay significantly higher {prices} for platinum is than Hr. Hirsch in Hanau just offers for his Platinumware.  

While we here {in Austria} at the current premium must pay per Loth of manufactured Platinum 12 Fl C.M., obviously. Hr. Hirsch, adding a lithograph illustration of nearly 60 different forms of Platinum dishes, spoons, crucibles, boats etc. offers the following prices on metal sheet and wire of ordinary strength at Fl. 8.25 (24 Fuss) per Loth, the expected Silver-Weight Loth being 14.6 {14.616 g} Parisian Grammes.  According to whether {the Platinum} must be rolled or drawn, this price increases for Sheet to Fl. 9.25 to Fl. 10.50 in the latter per Loth

1 Platintiegel mit Deckel, 132 Gramm schwer, 140 Gramm Wasser fassend (1854/14)
2 Ein desgleichen mit Deckel, 85 Gramm schwer, 90 Gramm Wasser fassend 
Als altes Platin, nachdem der Tiegel

1 Platinum Crucible with lid, 132 Grams weight, 140 Grams cc. (1854/14)
2 One of the same, with lid, 85 Grams weight, 90 Grams cc.
As old platinum, after the crucible
sold semi-manufactured Platinum at ~2x the Scrap Bid.  {ℳ 631.34/Kg}

Producer's Semi-Mfg Price: Fl. 565/Kg., Scrap Bid Fl. 254/Kg.

1854: 1 Ozt. Platinum (Semi-Mfg, Mkt) = Fl. 17.575 {ℳ 19.6369} (USD$ 7.24)
1854: 1 Ozt. Platinum (Mfg) = Fl. 19.706 - 22.37 (USD$ 8.11 - 9.21)

1853: 1 Ozt. Platinum (Mfg) = Fl. 19.706 - 22.37 (USD$ 8.11 - 9.21)
c.1854/5: 1 Ozt. Platinum (semi-mfg, mkt) ~ Fl 20.55 (USD$ 8.15)

Platinum foil, Platinum wire and Platinum crucibles are made ​​in Paris and Berlin, all utensils in different thicknesses. - The Loth costs about 10 Gulden, which is calculated extra costs for fashioning the crucible, spoon, etc.
Citation: Waaren-Lexikon; Johann Karl Koenig, Franz Geith (1855) p.216

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