I recently decided it was time to level up both my armour-smith and weapon-smith (crafts)as they have both been sitting on tier 3 for well over a year due to the fact I didn't have a high enough level prospector to collect their mats. The two characters are only just in their 30's and I have been concentrating on other characters. One of the characters I have levelled is a Explorer and has recently capped thus providing me with the means to collect the required mats to level my ore hungry crafters. Doing both craft vocations at the same time has its benefits and I have over the past few days zoomed the two of them to Westfold (tier7) However during my expeditions for ore, mainly while in Eregion looking to stock up on a few hundred chunks of Ancient Iron I found that the rate between Ancient Iron and Ancient Silver wasn't its normal 3/1 ratio and was actually more like 60/40 on the ancient silver's side! Having already maxed out all my prospectors and my Jeweller is also maxed I have no need for Ancient Silver and I am sure you can imagine my frustration at finding so many Ancient Silver nodes. At first I thought this was due to other players who have been to the area before me and just taking all the Ancient Iron and not touching the silver therefore before long this would account for the ratio but this wasn't the case as I harvested all ore in my path and spent hours in the area constantly farming the ore only finding that the Ancient Silver I mined re-spawned as ..yup ancient silver! has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? I'd be interested to hear. Also I am going on the advice of a kinsman who when I first started to play LOTRO explained that the precious metal would spawn at one out of every three available nodes, is this correct? I have no reason to doubt my kinsman but would like to know if he is just guessing or it is in fact the case.