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  1. So now I have sold my entire gold stack I thought I would post some of my lessons learned for anyone that may be interested. Total amount of gold sold - just under 55oz A total mishmash of coins, bars, bullion and semi numi stuff. My lessons learned 1) Fractionals at 1/4oz or under are defo easier to sell than larger items. Older Pandas were the most popular followed by the lunar series and retain the greatest premium. 2) Bars do not sell as well as coins (no problem at the dealer but you will get a lower payment compared to selling privately) 3) It takes a lot of time and hassle to piece out your stack if you want to maximise profit, the more diverse the stack the longer it will take. 4) Having physical gold makes it harder to react to spot price, when you decide to sell you will be praying spot price doesnt take a big hit on the way to the dealer. 5) Atkinsons pricing is based on either an AM or PM price fix (I got todays 3 PM price fix at just over £1000oz) 6) Make sure you keep a good spreadsheet of your stack - makes life a lot easier at selling time. 7) I know this is "thesilverforum" but I am so glad I put my money in to gold over silver. I cant imagine how long it would have taken to sell the equivalent value in silver compared to my gold stack as it would have had to be private sales to make up for any VAT and increased premiums on silver coins/bars. My stacking strategy moving forward: I plan to continue buying gold on the next dip but my approach will change significantly. 1) I will split funds between a physical stack and a bullionvault account 2) Physical stack will consist of 100% sovereigns, used as a long term retirement investment. 3) I will not stray into the semi numi coins for simplicity and easier selling when the time comes. 4) Bullionvault account will be used for real time buying/selling in relation to spot price movements and will also enable me to play the GSR ratio when possible. Summary. It was a very strange feeling walking into atkinsons this morning with a box holding a few years of hard work and dedication. The big plus side is that gold stacking has enabled me to save far more money than I ever would have managed if I was just banking fiat. I will get a real sense of satisfaction when I settle my mortgage 11 years early saving a lot on interest payments and ensuring a safe and secure future for my family. OTHERS OPINIONS MAY VARY
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  2. Picked up a couple of IOM 1 ounce Nobles - 2016 gold and the platinum from 1987 (middle of the Noble platinum run which went from 1983-1989, 3000 mintage for 1987). Have to say - the gold noble has instantly become one of my favourites ! Took further advantage of the long drop in platinum $ price in early October (to lowest in 6 months) to pick up another ounce, this one a Canadian 2016 maple, and for metal diversity I got my first palladium coin - also a 1 ounce Canadian maple, from 2005. Interesting to see that the palladium is quite a big bigger (less density than platinum). Also from Scottsdale - a 5oz chunky silver bar, and then the pretty awesome Chad King Tut 5 ounce Egyptian Relic Series with its chiselled look antique finish. From MCM when they got them back in stock - a few slabbed PF70 silver moon festival medals, which I was initially immune to ...but now appreciate more for the sheer detail packed into the 1 ounce. Two Asahi 10 oz silver bars - nice to see how they kept some elements of the Johnson Mathey design, but added some new design features. Core stack. Finally - a batch of QB Lion gold quarter ounces (still picking them up ...as I reckon they still hold a lot of collector potential). I am going to look closely under a loupe to see if any deserve grading. Need to lay off the PMs for a few days😉..but especially enjoyed the dip in platinum, while adding to the collection and the stack.
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  3. After the popularity of the "Today I bought.." and "Today I received" Threads I thought perhaps people could upload pictures of things they have made/poured/cast. I thought I'd kick it off with this 9ct Gold bangle I made today...
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  4. Just received my 1 oz Gold Queen's Beast Griffin😋 Just waiting for the 2 oz Silver Griffin now
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  5. Order from Goldsilver.be 5 x 1/10 Efelants 1 x 1/4 Queens Beast 1 x 1/4 2013 Panda in OMP
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  7. Hey I didn't know where the best place to post this, but I wanted to say thanks to all the people who have given me advice since joining the forum. As all noobs do I've asked some stupid questions (and I'm sure I'll ask more), but everyone has been very patient and informative and now I have a nice solid start to my collection. I will be looking to collect for years to come...just don't tell my wife!! Also I have to throw a mention to @Numistacker and @morezone as I happened to stumble on their videos while researching stuff for my channel and introduced me to this forum. Ive attached my collection so far, not the biggest but it's a start! Thanks!
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  8. Some recent arrivals 2017 3 coin premium sovereign set 2014 half sovereign India Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  9. My first panda a 1oz gold 2011, very pleased wit it to.
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  10. Just got the grading back from the current NGC batch and I wanted to share some things with you guys... Lets start with Centennial Gold - I sent in 4 pieces - 3 dimes and one Standing Liberty Quarter as an Early Release As you can see ALL yes ALL got SP70! Next invoice in the modern tier was a couple of pandas, a couple of gold beasts and some moon pandas... As you can see - The 2 Beasts (one mine and one for Oldun) scored... drum roll... encore drum roll... MS70!! The 1983 Panda looked great to me when I bought it and to get a 69 on such an early Panda was great. Lets turn to the Moon Pandas... I dont think anyone has graded any yet independently ... got 69 and a 70 which was not bad. the MCM 70's have sold out as a dealer in China bought about 150,000$ worth of them! Lastly I did a favour for Junior member @Brycekanowski aged 11 who wanted to grade his prized 2005 Proof Silver Eagle. What was really cool was it got its own special 30th Anniversary label free of charge by NGC which I was not expecting and it scored a perfect PF70 too.
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  12. At last my coin arrived, It was my birthday a few weeks ago so i decided to treat myself, Little did i know when i wrote "a Russian gold 50 Roubles" in the topic "Your Top Gold Coins For 2016" How hard and stressfull it would be to firstly to find one and secondly to get one at at resonable price. In the end i had to buy one from the Russian Federation and wait just under three weeks for the coin to arrive. But now the coin is here im very chuffed
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  13. The Panda's have arrived, 4.5kg of Panda goodness , a cracked case or 2 but genuinely pleased with the order
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  14. 2002 proof full sovereign 1/4oz griffin in good condition Youtube video comming up sovereign_uk
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  15. Lunar Series II 2012 Dragon and 2014 Horse Gold Proof Coins. Still waiting for rooster proof...
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  16. 2014 Britannia gold proof coin set..150 Mintage
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  17. Rushed pictures but my first HGM pickup arrived and I'm quite happy. Got to love the shield's
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  18. few 1/4 Griffins, have the 1oz on order from elsewhere. Think this series is great, lovely coin and to the eye looks flawless, i think condition is going to overall be better than the lion 1/4s, though there is a strange amount of "pimples" ? around the edge that i can only see with these macro shots
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  19. Surprised to receive a text from DHL saying that my RMB parcel was going to be delivered today. The text yesterday said Monday. They're probably working a 6 day week to keep on top of things. Came in the usual RM capsule. Seems in good nick. Few specs of dirt which I've now removed and rehoused in an air-tite so that it can go in an album with the rest.
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  20. My 3-coin 2017 sov set came today from @arshimo2012 many thanks. I don't think the coins are totally perfect, they seem to put more effort into the box, which is very nice . The box manufacturer/team should send some of their guys to package the coins. Also a few 1/10 2017 elephants, 1995 proof IOM angel 1/20 Then a half sov 1843 weight, I had few glasses of wine and not sure really why i bought it, it's just interesting
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  21. Lets get festive! I wen't a little mad with my angel obsession and picked up a large run of the 1/20 proofs with xmas privys. Incredibly hard to get at only 1,000 minted each. Can't wait to get a complete run of these but i fear it'll be many years before i get there Extra little treat of 12 privys together
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  23. Just my monthly sovereign for October, a 2015.
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  24. I received this beautiful 1oz beast on Friday and introduced it to the family 🙂
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  25. Hatton Garden order arrived today - 25 sovs to fill tube no. 1
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  26. Today I received a jubilee and veil head sovereign, thanks @Heisenberg Also a sovereign case off eBay for my small, but slowly growing collection. 🙂
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  27. A couple of orders i made before Xmas order 1 1 kilo Somali elephant 2017 2*1oz elephant 2017 2*1oz Panda 2017 order 2 1/4oz Queens beast lion 2016 1/4oz Queens beast griffin 2017 gold sovereign 2017
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  29. Some Christmas gifts and a delivery from Christmas 1.KG Libertad proof like. 2 x 2016 Libertad proofs 5.oz 2.oz 1.oz 1/2.oz ¼.oz 1/10 1/20 Also a Pamp Suisse Fortuna 5.oz Bar + monarch 1.oz bar and a 2013 Libertad 1.oz proof
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  30. 1oz gold Griffins, 2oz silver Griffins, 2017 sovs note: right click > open image in new tab (or middle mouse click) to see coins in their true beauty!
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  32. Thought I'd join the club, couldn't resist any longer, especially with the griffin about to be released.
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  33. Pre-ordered 2017 Proof Soverign at Chards finally arrived this morning😁
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  34. After a few months away from the game.....I just had to get some new shinies . £2070 inc. delivery. Never had Britannias before, don't know why but they feel lighter than 1oz silver eagles....luckily I got them from Atkinsons so not worrying they are dodgy Only thing I wish.....I should have got a couple more! Looked this evening and Atkinsons are sold out and HGM are asking about £10 more per coin plus delivery.
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  35. Went to the post office when it opened and picked up all my mail. Here is a selection of the stuff that was waiting Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  36. A few more that landed in the usa Apmex reverse proof britannia set Centennial Dime 2016 7 Coin Libertad Proof Set Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  37. Hi guys I'm standing down as a moderator as of today, as some of you may have noticed I haven't been around as much as usual over the last 3 months or so as all of my main collections are complete apart from the recent Britannia frenzy initiated by HT LOL. I also have other issues to attend to in my private life & feel it is not really fair on Chris & HH if I can't devote enough time here. So after being a mod from the start of the silver forum I feel it is time for me to move on, it has been a mainly enjoyable experience with most of the members & former members being a decent bunch of guys, long may that continue & best of luck to Chris, HH & everyone here. I will still look in from time to time & am not disappearing from the forum altogether. Cheers MB
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  38. Happy to receive our 1st kilo silver coin.
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  39. My Perth Mint Lunar II 3-coin Ox Proof Set finally arrived. With a mintage of only 340. This was a hard one to track down. It brings my collection up to date.
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  40. Iran 1/2 Pahlavi. 4.086 g /. 900. Neat little coin.
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  41. Day 1 - save 1p Day 2 - save 2p Day 3 save 3p Day 100 save £1.00 Day 365 save £3.65 Print the above picture off and mark each day off as you drop your cash in You'll have £667.95 after a year, enough for a few sovereigns, a half oz of gold and a few 1/10s. Get it without really trying, the cheapest will be the first week £0.28 the dearest week, this last week will cost you £25.34. It wont cost you more than a Starbucks coffee a day Each day when you get up, when you make your breakfast or are about to leave the house put the amount into a jar and watch your money increase daily. Because its loose change you won't really miss it and it will soon become a habit. Think of it as you are paying yourself if you like. You could even transfer it from your bank account daily to a savings account if you don't tend to have loose change on you or start by using a jar of loose change that you already have to keep you going for a couple of weeks or months. I'll be using a money tin which you need to open with a tin opener which will stop me from dipping into it. You can find these in most 99p shops and then you have a penny for the first day to get you started. The above is at the bear minimum, everyone sticks to this who wishes to participate. But feel free & POST any FREE unexpected money that comes your way over the year, to it over the year to keep the thread alive. Your odd coppers in your jeans after a night out at the end of the working day, it goes in your gold pot You get a £2 coin in your change at the supermarket, it goes in your gold pot Your Lucky 15 bet comes in and nets you £20, it goes in the pot. You find a £1 on the way to work, it goes in your gold pot You get a x3 numbers on the Lottery it goes in your gold pot You win a domino card at the local darts/pool league game, it goes in your gold pot You are gifted a tenner in a birthday card, it goes in your gold pot Who fancy's joining the challenge ?? This day next year we share our gold pot totals here, and share our pics of our gold purchases this time next year from our daily savings ? As chancellor Mr George Osbourne said, "We are all in this together " Fancy joining the challenge ?
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  42. Completed the 1 ounce Pamp Suisse Metal Family today. Received the 1 ounce Rhodium, Platinum, and Palladium. Waiting on Pamp to release a 1 ounce copper. Sure the premium on those will be $$. Enjoy
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  43. Finally arrived this morning.... beautiful.
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  44. Today this beauty arrived with no duty or vat...😉
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  45. One more 1oz Gold panda 2004 and 4 Sovereigns Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  46. Guess what the ups man just delivered. Amazing I was in.
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  47. Today I received my Aug prize draw kook. It's great...thank you to the forum and again to @ChrisSilver
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  48. Took the kids Alton Towers today and instead of missing the Apmex order I got my dad to house sit for it. 2014 1oz Gold Canadian 5 Blessings - Been after this for a while and back when it was released there were very few places stocking it. Just like the RAM kangaroo and Lunar Series, this was also distributed by PAMP. 2016 1/4 Queen's Beast - One for myself and some for fellow forum members. Lion is mint and obverse seems fine apart from some hazing around the outer edge. I've noticed this with the 2oz silver ones too but they seem to be affected on the reverse.
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  49. Chinese day today Hugely impressive proof limited edition panda lunar monkey 2016. 499 medals only. Official mint medal shenyang mint. Love it! Beautiful large panda medal celebrating 30 years of pandas. Artist same guy who created a number of the panda coins. This is a beautiful limited edition art work. Thanks to our own Morezone for this one.
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  50. Platinum Platypus arrived that I bought last week.
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