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  1. 24 points
    sg86

    Today I received.....

    Five (Quintuple) Sovereigns, 1902 + 1887 ! excuse the pictures, handheld macro and bit blurry
  2. 19 points
    Numistacker

    Today I received.....

    1820 Closed 2 Short Date Sovereign
  3. 16 points
    Jester

    Today I received.....

    Proud Papa just got the word from NGC that my little guy (please make no other references) weathered Irma in Sarasota and is ready to come home freshly graded!
  4. 16 points
    LewisRichards

    Today I received.....

    2017 Indian Sovereign.
  5. 15 points
    Sovereign

    Today I bought.....

    1827 full sov
  6. 14 points
    Numistacker

    Today I bought.....

    On Sunday I sold a few items on eBay in order to fun this eBay purchase that ended tonight. The grades are not the very best but these are very rare. In 1923 there were 655 proofs minted and a smaller number of business strikes. The business strikes were made to order from local gold bought to the mint.
  7. 14 points
    ChardLizzie

    Help with coin book

    Well, I am from Chard so it is probably unsurprising when I say that our prices are not a rip off. You have mentioned that most of the coins that you have looked up are sometimes double what the book says - do you mean that the coins on our website are more than what is quoted in the book? It might be useful to have a few examples and to know whether these are all circulated coins or are you including modern commemorative coins as well? Whilst we often refer to coin catalogues, we also research prices that have been achieved and use our own judgement to come up with the selling prices. We also take into account mintage, condition of the coin and our own stock levels. If the coin is a particularly high grade we may feel that the selling price should be higher. If we have a large number of coins in stock at a certain grade we may be cheaper than the books. Sometimes, we are lower than the books, sometimes higher. We don't always agree with other peoples' prices, probably the same way they might not agree with us but you might be surprised at the number of experts who consult Lawrence regarding prices. Another aspect to consider is supply and demand. Modern commemorative coins often sell for many times the original issue price. Whilst we try to offer a lower price when a coin is first released, we do sometimes increase the price as the mint runs out or we buy in another allocation which we have paid more money to get. We also consider what the current market price is - for example, we were until fairly recently selling 2009 Kew Gardens BU 50p in the original presentation packs for under £10, however, these sell for over £250 - we would be mad to continue to sell at the lower price and adjusted the price accordingly. Whilst this is an example of us increasing the price, there are plenty of examples of us selling modern commemoratives where you can make a saving - for example the 2017 Britannia 6 Coin Gold Proof Set set is sold at £2995, saving £300 on the RM issue price or the 2017 WWI Aviation £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin which we sell at £90, saving £20 on the RM issue price. Regarding coin grades, we are known for our conservative grading and customers are often delighted with the coins that they receive. Lawrence has over 50 years experience in grading coins and is well respected in this field. We use British grading terms as seen below: Abbr. Grade Description FDC Fleur-de-Coin Absolutely flawless, without any wear scratches or fingerprints. Unc. Uncirculated In new condition as issued by the mint, but not necessarily perfect B.U. Brilliant Uncirculated As uncirculated, and bright. Sometimes used as type description meaning "non=proof" or superior normal. EF Extremely Fine Slight surface marks or slight wear visible on close inspection. VF Very Fine Some wear on the raised surfaces, but still retaining much detail. F Fine Considerable wear on the raised surfaces, all main features still sharp. fr Fair Very worn, but all inscriptions and main features distinguishable. poor Poor or Worn Very worn, some features or lettering worn away. Proof is not a grade, but a term for a specially struck coin, often with matt design against mirror finish background, produced originally as pre-production samples, now often marketed for collectors. Good - Although "good" is used in American grading meaning a coin which is not good, we use it in connection with the above terms, so that, for example, "good Fine" means "better than Fine". Almost or About - We use "almost" or "about" to mean "not quite as good as", so for example "almost Fine" means "not quite Fine". Art Not Science - It is important to realise or remember that grading is not a precise science. Opinions about grade will vary between individuals. Even expert dealers will grade a coin differently on different days. Grading is an attempt to achieve a reasonably standard set of descriptions, mainly to facilitate trade between collectors and dealers especially when dealing by mail order or telephone. We don't tend to use the Sheldon Scale that NGC use, however for the purposes of your query a coin graded in VF would be in the range of VF20-VF35 - we wouldn't necessarily agree that a graded using this scale is necessarily in what we class VF grade. Confusing, isn't it? You might find this page useful https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_coin_grading_scale We sell bullion sovereigns, secondary market sovereigns and newly minted sovereigns, and we have heard about people grading these. We sell them as an investment coin with a low premium which also has numismatic interest. They haven't passed the quality level which we would use to grade coins but there are collectors out there who would disagree. @numistacker would probably be able to give you more information regarding the cost of having coins graded/slabbed. Although I can see the benefits of slabbing coins, there is something very special about holding and examining a coin that isn't slabbed, but this is personal preference. It is definitely open to discussion and it will be interesting to hear other comments here.
  8. 11 points
    Jester

    Today I bought.....

    My first foray into sixpences...
  9. 10 points
    Xander

    Today I received.....

    YH Shield back, Somali Elephant, the Phoenix and the new 1/10th 2018 BU lunar year of the dog.
  10. 9 points
    Ansel

    Today I received.....

    A couple of bullion sovs today from Sharps Pixley. Quite pleased with both, my first Jubilee head and my first SA mint mark. I was also lucky enough to get a rather wonderful book 🙂 Edit: I have just checked the date in Marsh and an 1891 London seems to be somewhat rare?
  11. 9 points
    MickB

    Today I received.....

    Today I received a French lunar horse to replace the previous one I somehow mislaid. Bought the display box from eBay along with the square capsules as I can't find a custom built box for this series. This is a mix of BU & proof as I initially thought there were two types running alongside each other but a couple of sellers from Europe told me this is how the series was released.
  12. 9 points
    montesf1030

    Today I received.....

    Yesterday's mail delivery from Scottsdale Mint Yesterday's mail delivery from Scottsdale Mint
  13. 8 points
    sovereignsteve

    Today I received.....

    1863 sov with roman I for 1 in date
  14. 8 points
    morezone

    2004 series one 1/10th gold lunar dragon

    Really? That's the kind of reply you want to make in your own sale thread. I don't think I need to add anything.
  15. 8 points
    Numistacker

    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Next results are available...Lots of interesting results in this one and mostly excellent. As usual the Queens Beast BU coins are elusive in highest grades unfortunately.
  16. 8 points
    sgcoins

    Today I received.....

    Received this great looking swan today from Platinumskies
  17. 8 points
    shortstack68

    Today I bought.....

    Bought my first gold Roo
  18. 8 points
    PolarPanda

    Today I received.....

    - 1 OZ Silver Libertad 1996 - 1 OZ Silver Libertad 1997 - 1 OZ Silver Libertad 1998 - 1 OZ Silver Libertad 1999 3 x 1 OZ Proof Elementos Mexicanos medals Good day!
  19. 8 points
    matrawr

    Today I received.....

    A few recent arrivals the 1881 looks a bit meh is that a sign of cleaning?
  20. 8 points
    Sovereign

    Today I received.....

    1827 full sov like this one @Numistacker can we fit it in before the dead line
  21. 8 points
    motorbikez

    Today I bought.....

    Lunar S2 1/4oz gold proof dog,+ 4 X 2oz silver proofs,2 x 1oz silver proofs & a load of lunar Bu stuff.
  22. 8 points
    MickB

    Today I received.....

    A couple of 1oz silver Perth mint bars from Yorkshire Bullion.
  23. 8 points
    Jay2

    Today I received.....

    Almost half a kilo of Half Crowns (50%) for just under spot, including 'free' special delivery. Got lucky, I guess? Some okay examples, but mostly just for 50% silver content.
  24. 7 points
    Dear The Silver Forum users, We are happy to announce the 2 oz Silver Unicorn 2 oz Silver Unicorn Coin @ coininvest.com (click here) Share your thoughts about the design with us
  25. 7 points
    @649tom , i have purchased through backyardbllion , bought off Madstacks , LewisRichards , renah , barney , mondy41 , arshimo2012 , Numistacker , morezone , shinus73 , Helpinghands ,Paul . Carpe Diem . oliversw5 , Stu73 , Lubi29 , sovereignsteve , DrDime , and motorbikez , i am sure someone will be willing to vouch for me .
  26. 7 points
    Hi, wooden boxes for the Queen's Beast Series are available now 1/4 oz Gold 1 oz Gold 2 oz Silver Boxes coming with 10 capsules for the 10 coins in the series
  27. 7 points
    Silvergun

    Today I received.....

    2 x Bullion Victoria Veil Head Half sovereigns
  28. 7 points
    metalslug

    Today I bought.....

    Won a 1908 & 1910 Half Crown on the DNW Auction, will eventually send them to PCGS for grading.
  29. 6 points
    Thanks for Grading the Brits well chuffed 😀
  30. 6 points
    MrGeorge

    Today I bought.....

    Ordered x3 pre owned britannia 1 oz gold coins today should be coming Thursday 😃
  31. 6 points
    PolarPanda

    Today I received.....

    New delivery came in today. I'm very surprised by the looks on this Voyageur 2017 coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. It looks great in real, no idea where that coin is coming from, but it looks good and the premium is decent. Also the Spider-Man coin is great. It can be a nice line with the Thor coin coming in in a couple of weeks.
  32. 6 points
    Ansel

    Today I received.....

    I have been after a nicer than my poor YH half crown for a while, a £15 off eBay voucher persuaded me! A lovely coin with pleasant toning when you catch the light.
  33. 6 points
    MikeSol

    Today I received.....

    Some cheap old brits.
  34. 5 points
    UraaniBarbaari

    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Thanks for this, fantastic outcome!
  35. 5 points
    And another one..
  36. 5 points
    And some more for your amusement... Mirrored Bamboo )) great result.
  37. 5 points
    Jester

    Today I bought.....

    Ladies and Gents...I'm super excited to share with you my most recent acquisition and easily one of the rarest coins in my young collection...the 1866 Sydney Half Sovereign. TLDR: I got a rare coin cheap. Per the updated Marsh Sovereign guide, this coin is rated R2 - Very Rare. I was initially put off by the grade but additional research revealed that there are around 1,000 specimens of this coin surviving and it is most often found below VF. Downies, an Australian dealer, has one in aUNC and they're asking £7650 and one in VF asking £590. Drake Sterling has a specimen in PCGS F15 condition asking £265. The best part is I picked this one up for £243. Here's a bit more information I found while researching the coin... "Royal Mint reports indicate that no half sovereigns were minted in 1866 but 62,000 were minted in 1867 and a further 154,000 in 1869. As it is known that there are no 1867 or 1869 dated coins, it is presumed that they were struck with 1866 dies, indicating a total mintage of 216,000* which would seem consistent with the relative survival rate of the date. The date is one of the easier pieces to source with an estimated survival rate just shy of 1,000 and examples do turn up around XF from time to time, though finding examples at AU and beyond can be quite a challenge. The date is often found with a bold obverse rim paired with an undetailed central reverse strike. These examples came off the recycled proof dies of the year as during the year the Sydney mint struck two proof half sovereigns for the Inter-colonial Exhibition in 1866 and the International Exposition in 1867 as products of New South Wales." *The Marsh Sovereign guide places the total original mintage around 154,000. The pieces of information I didn't find that I'd be very interested in learning is, if over 150,000 were minted, how are there only around 1,000 surviving today? Were they melted down (this appears to be the case..."as the gold coins became worn, they were withdrawn and melted down")? And why is the avg condition of the coin so low (was it truly a circulation coin)? A census search of both NGC and PCGS has just 28 coins in better condition with AU58 and MS64 being the best examples between NGC and PCGS respectively.
  38. 5 points
    There is no strongest military when several sides could wipe out the other. i actually doubt the US does have the strongest military. We have seen a number of incidents were US warships have been rammed by slow moving cargo ships. That means these warships were dead in the water. There are instances where Russian fighters have buzzed US ships on multiple occasions with no response. It would seem quite likely the Russians have technology that turns US hardware into useless junk. The US is supposed to have the strongest military but when has it ever stood up against a real opponent? i accept the wars it has been involved in the last 50 years were never meant to be won but it has hardly done anything amazing. When up against the combined might of China and Russia i don't see the US coming out on top. More and more countries are aligning themselves with the BRICS. The 'RIC' of the BRICS has most of the gold . China holds a $1 trillion in US Treasuries. China is selling these to buy assets. Only the Fed is buying significant amounts of Treasuries. It truly is a Ponzi scheme. The US has usually used economics but the world has moved on. It is de-dollarising. When no-one needs or wants the USD the game is up. The dollars will come back home. There is over $1 trillion Petro-dollars floating around and when they go back to the US along with all the other dollars used in trade, there will be hyperinflation. The sun has almost set on the Anglo-American Empire. They have lost in the Middle East which is turning to Russian and China. As they turn to the gold backed Yuan or Rouble the party's over. Keep stacking.
  39. 5 points
    Numistacker

    ebay coin

    No offense taken the forum and me are here to help Noobies make the right decisions and understand what they are buying. There are lots of things on eBay that should rightly raise alarm bells and you are totally right to be cautious.
  40. 4 points
    Hello everybody! The 100g Silver Forum Bars are due back from Hallmarking this week! Which means that it is time to start gathering payment for the bars! Firstly I would just like to say a massive thank you to all the members who have reserved their bars already! We have had 75 of the bars reserved in pre-order. If you would like to add any bars to your existing reservation or if you have not reserved a bar yet then please get in touch! Feel free to comment on this thread to reserve your bars. The following numbers are currently available. 36 - 44, 49, 51 - 55, 57 - 63, 71 - 76, 81, 83 - 84, 86, 89 - 97, 102 - 110, 112 - 121, 124 - 126, 129 - 131, 134 - 138, 141 - 143, 145 - 147 Delivery estimates Assuming you pay before Sunday 24th September then the first batch of bars will be posted on Monday 25th September. All items will be posted by signed for delivery or special delivery depending on the size of your order. For those of you who have reserved bar(s) already please can you calculate and make a payment as soon as possible (prices are below). I will be contacting you all individually later in the week as well but I thought posting the payment information here would help reduce the work load! PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SILVER FORUM NAME AS A REFERENCE ON ANY PAYMENT! And once you have made the payment please message me with your delivery address. I may have had your address from previous orders or as part of the group order but I will still need you to confirm what address you want it sending to as I don't know whether it is different or has changed! Payment information You can pay via any of the following: Banks Transfer Account No. 76626253 Sort Code: 51-70-06 Paypal Friends & Family Info@backyardbullion.com Paypal Goods & Services (please add 5% to your total) Info@backyardbullion.com Prices are based on membership as follows Standard member: £83 per bar Premium member: £75 per bar Premium gold member: £67 per bar Postage: +£3 - However free postage will be offered if you purchase more than one bar. International postage will be more - if you would like an accurate quote please get in touch. So a standard member buying one bar is £86 a premium member buying two bars is £150 you can work out the rest! If you have any questions regarding payment please let me know! PM me or comment on this thread.
  41. 4 points
    sixgun

    Scottsdales 1oz Bu Ghana leopard mix up

    £35 is a little bit high. i bought some from goldsilver.be and then some more from a forum member. i average a bit under £29 delivered but i didn't just buy one. The coin is a nice looking one. This is very obvious from the photo of the graded MS70. No-one can rightly take that away from the coin which is always a plus. If the coin appreciates people will say it was a good buy and if it doesn't they will say it was a poor buy. It is not a bad buy, it is a good looking 1oz silver coin, it is a 5000 limited mintage and it has a story and part of that is the coin should never have been minted. This separates the coin from the vast majority. The kerfuffle about the coin is some people thought it would be selling for a lot more than it is, some people over estimated the market and bought more than they wished they had and perhaps paid more than they wish they had. i do not see that prices are on the slide. They are holding up around the £30 - 35 mark. The excitement has settled. The last single coin sold for £30 on ebay. Multiples sold for more than £30 each. So £30 is the price, whatever anyone else thinks it should be. i think the coin has promise for the reasons i list. IF a series appears .and the coins are also appealing then the price will go up. i got some b/c i like the coin and the price i paid worked out a little bit under the market price. If we get a series of these animal coins then the 100 cedis silver leopard will become a must coin for collectors of that series and there aren't that many and a fair few are in strong hands.
  42. 4 points
    And they roll on.. This one is mine - thanks @RegalStacker
  43. 4 points
    And the next one ladies and gents .... Pay particular attention to the best 2000 Brit and the MS70 Libertads... Best graded NGC Almost best graded NGC Best and only graded NGC Both mine !
  44. 4 points
    The USD became the world reserve currency b/c after WWII its economy was booming and the US had a huge stockpile of gold and silver. Under FDR the US hoarded gold and silver like no tomorrow. This gold was not monetised which is one of the reasons the Great Depression occurred. The US Treasury had 19,543 metric tonnes of fine gold by 1940. The USD became the world reserve currency b/c there was no other currency worthy of being the world reserve and the US had all the gold after having supplied Europe in WWII and stolen what they found. i fully expect that when everything is reckoned up, the US has no gold now. It is supposed to have 8,133.5 tonnes. Gold sent from Fort Knox to China in 2009 had gold plated tungsten bars in the shipment. Gold plated tungsten bars in Fort Knox. China is supposed to have 1,797.5 tonnes which quite frankly is impossible. It is probably 20x more than this. When the French cental bank started demanding gold for dollars Nixon was forced to take the USD off the gold standard in 1971. Countries kept USD b/c they were as good as gold and when they ceased to be Nixon had to do a deal with the Saudis to only sell their oil in USD. We had the so called 'oil crisis' to bump up the price of oil in order to at the same time bump up the need for USD. The necessity to carry USD to buy oil is what has meant the US could print and export the USD needed by others to buy oil and swap these for their tangible goods. The US economy is principally a consumer economy. US industry which was King in the post war era is all but gone The US has effectly been defying Say's Law of Classical Economics which paraphrased states the family must produce something before it can feed. Before you can go buy stuff you must have sold your labour/produce to pay for it. The US exports USD and when no-one wants those USD anymore and the US has no gold, the US economy and the USD will inevitably implode and inflation explode. This could all happen in a very short time. If OPEC announced it was switching to the Yuan, the world would start selling USD for RMB. Then China dumped its Treasuries and disclosed the true amount of gold it has. The USD would go into free fall. China wants to squeeze the last drop out so it is up to the Fat Lady in China to start singing.
  45. 4 points
    Hi all UK based silver forum members, I have created a parliamentary petition that calls for VAT on silver and platinum legal tender coinage to be scrapped. It needs 5 people to click the following link and provide email addresses for it to go live: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200271/sponsors/new?token=MIzDK6Z6iKxuo8hKPS82 Given that Brexit puts our ability to get VAT free silver from the continent at risk, this I feel is the time to challenge the status quo. Many thanks!
  46. 4 points
    I finished it also also with my wife and there lies the problem - I'm afraid these particular funds won't be going on coins - new patio door I believe and some other bits that came up in conversation - I figured early on this may happen so didn't go all in with the saving even so saved a decent amount. My tin came in at €1346 and my wife had €1168 - decent enough and going to do this again from today @Paul - Cheers for the idea - I am a little richer today and my wife is very happy - what more could you want for a Sunday morning
  47. 4 points
    I completed mine, i ended up with £1157.48. I took around £500 out a month back to buy a struck on the day sovereign from royal stacker and £100 worth of Steem crypto. I bagged up the rest during the week which was £550 and have just placed an order this morning with goldsilver for x1 2017 sovereign, x5 2017 libertads, x5 2017 congo garilla's, x5 2018 elephnats and x3 2016 5 blessing's. I will do posts when i receive my stuff. Were is everyone else??? How many people finished this, i thought there was like 20-30 in this.
  48. 4 points
    BigDave84

    Gold buyers

    Every day. In fact I'm one of my nations greatest ever cook smokers. I've represented the republic of Lancashire 5 times in the great British cook smoking championships.
  49. 4 points
    Murph

    Today I received.....

    Something quite nice about them. I picked up a cheap slabbed piedfort one for less than the price of the silver proof.
  50. 4 points
    sixgun

    VAT on silver coins

    i got a very nice email from David at goldsilver.be. Now having read the post last night by Sovereign Steve about the reply he had received from Perth Mint about Harmonisation System Codes and that virtually none of the silver coins we collect are recognised as being covered for 5% VAT i was getting dismayed. [pdf document attached] i then got the email from goldsilver.be. I suspect they do a lot of business with the UK and it cannot afford to lose these customers. These are the emails from last night. My email to goldsilver.be The reply from goldsilver.be So according to David at goldsilver.be they have everything in hand and know how to help customers get passed dishonest customs agents and incompetent ones as well no doubt. i also thought it is very interesting to see how he thinks coming out of the EU was the right thing to do. The general public who are out of their teens and early 20's in the UK also knows it is the right thing even though the controlled media is constantly telling them it isn't. HTISC2002 S21_1.pdf