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  1. Hello If anyone has picked up one of these in their travels and is looking to off load as a reasonable price, grateful if you could PM me. Looking for this with the box and COA Thanks AG
  2. Hgm

    Buying from HGM usually mirrors the spot price and is indicative of the supply v demand equilibrium. When gold is perceived as expensive stock levels usually rise as people cash in on the price and people stop buying. When prices drop people don't want to sell, but people are looking to buy; thus stock levels drop. HGM update their listing as and when stock becomes available, thus it is also a good thing to log on a few times a day to see what has come in. Under the old web format you were able to set up alerts from specific items and which worked well. Since they have had the revamp not so certain how well this now works
  3. Particularly from the earlier part of the 20thC John Pinches are highly sought after, most notably their high relief medals From the mid 19thC they were closely linked to royalty and the aristocracy, but as time progressed they also started to produce a significant number of well known commercial pieces. Amongst these they minted the famous Puffin Island coins. Also they beat the RM by nearly 50 years and produced their own reproduction of the Benedetto Pistrucci's Waterloo Medal, which if memory serves was limited to a few thousand units. Occasionally these pop up for sale on Ebay During the 60s they were ramping up umpteen series and commemoratives aka the Westminster Mint. Most notably was the Churchill Series along with the annual commemorative/Xmas issues. In 1969 they sold up to Franklin Mint, and besides the Kings and Queens Silver Ingot Series little or nothing of collectible value was produced from then on
  4. If you are of the belief and opinion that the world does not end at Maine, take at look at Lockdales of Ipswich. http://www.lockdales.com/
  5. completed 2016 South Korea Chiwoo Cheonwang

    I bought one from this dealer in March and at the price shown http://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-CHIWOO-CHEONWANG-1-OZ-SILVER-MEDAL-/332109406188?rmvSB=true&nma=true&si=01SrXmzNpovNXuW78GwTiUWHw%2FU%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 He still has some listed but has now raised these to $75. - Not cheap, but a lot cheaper than what I have seen listed recently
  6. Just a heads up in respect of nominated carriers. From my experience DHL are now doing pre customs clearance of all packages leaving from the US and Canada. Thus if the airway bill and/or customs deceleration state a value over the ceiling for zero import tax you are going to have to pay. I have this year had around a dozen packs from the US/Canada via DHL, approximately half I have been able to influence the value declared, while the other half has been declared as full value. All the latter have been hit for tax, (while still in transit) but for the former this has passed OK. From experience USPS usually attracts the least attention from HMRC/Boarder Control.
  7. New temple of heaven panda

    Wu Qi (aka Lavendersh7) is selling these and although I have not checked against China Medal his prices are usually there or there about Also if you do buy from him, and you build up a sales record, I have found him willing to do a deal on most of the coins/medals that he lists on the bay His email is listed below (jvpc5789@yahoo.com)
  8. Picking up in Washington D.C.

    Have a look at the US page for Fedex and their service of 'Hold at Location.' (http://www.fedex.com/us/services/hold_at_location_overview.html) AMPEX ( and probably others) use Fedex as their prefered courier, thus you can order and have this shipped to a local Fedex shop in DC. All you need is your passport and they will release the package to you. Just be aware of the time they will hold the package, but with planning this should not be a problem Safe travels, and give my regards to Don
  9. Must see Italian museums?

    The National Museum of Rome at its Palazzo Massimo alle Terme building houses the nation's coin collection This incorporates the King Victor Emanuel III collection and which at its height reputedly amounted to over 120,000 coins specific to Italy and from the Roman period up to the time of unification. Also the Vatican Museum has a large specimen collection relating to the Papal Territories etc
  10. For those amongst us that like and admire the high relief brass medals that are produced by the PRC mints, this stunning piece has been released by the Shenyang mint for 2017. It measures 68mm and is limited to a maximum of 1000 pieces From what I can see, and what I have been told, each one of the coins inlaid within the bowl is a crafted miniature of a medal/coin that has been issued by one of other of the four state mints over the years A cracking piece of art
  11. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    They will be treated as a 're-importation' of goods and thus subject to zero tax and duty. The coding on the airway bill will state this
  12. Travel Advice

    The gold souk in old Dubai ( Deira ) is the place for all things gold. The gold industry in Dubai was historically focused towards what we in the west would deem as exotic ( read Indian) jewellery. Commissions were taken on the basis of an agreed spot plus a margin for the workmanship. Even today you will be able to see craftsman at work producing some really exceptional pieces, and if this type of thing floats your boat you will do no better than spending a few hours in around the market place. Regrettably however I have always found that for bullion grade ( in particular Krugers and various Oz coins are prevalent ) the margin to spot is no better, even worse, than what you will be able to buy via Ebay or HGM etc. Towards the creek end of the souk is the old gold exchange building and you may be able to hunt a bargain down in there You will see umpteen 'sovereigns' in shop windows, but be aware that these are 'costume sovs' and from my experience vary from 18 to 21 Carat and weigh less that a stand sov. In fairness to the majority of dealers these are not sold to deceive but are part of the dowry tradition that underpins the indian jewellery market and are sold on AGW. If you are a collector of coins, you can at times find one or other unusual coin that would be a bargain. With the UAE being a federal state you do find that one or other of the emirates do now and then produce specials and I have picked up a couple of nice coins that were produced by/for the emirate of Ajman. Also as a stopover for pilgrims doing the Harji you can always find one of other commemorative from Mecca I would recommend to stay clear of the gold shops at the airport with the one exception that they do on occasions do specials on UAE specific bullion from the likes of gold.ae and which can add a novality factor to your stack while not breaking the bank to badly Safe travels!
  13. Today I received.....

    Were a set of four; orange, bronze, red and blue if memory serves. These were produced by the Perth Mint and were limited to sets of 3000 Via the USA they were offered by Talisman Coins and had a special display case with an outer sleeve. Think other markets sold these individually
  14. More than coincidence or a tilt in the same direction ? http://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-Trimetallic-Panda-Gold-Coins-35th-Anniversary-Martin-Weiss-medal-NGC69-/162301273480?hash=item25c9e8e588:g:4QQAAOSwiONYPYyN Did Dragon confirm that the 6000 bimetal are going to be a medal or a fiat denominated coin commensurate with the standard silver panda value, ie 10 yuan? If this is to be a fiat I can understand the rationale behind it as there is such a large market of panda 'coin' collectors, a sizable portion of whom will not consider anything that is not denominated. Medals are therefore off their radar. Similarly medallion collects may take flight and due to the high mintage of 6000
  15. Hi - i have been buying directed from the PRC for come on ten years. Similarly a number of these dealers are now sending via the Ebay Discounted Postal Scheme, and where in the case of the UK the postal details are produced with a dual China Mail/Royal Mail 'air waybill.' The anomaly however is that I have at best had coins/medals delivered in around five days, while at the extreme this has taken nearly six weeks. The one constant however has been the fact that I have never had a package go missing. Similarly I have no reason to doubt Dragons integrity and in my case he informed me that the medals were posted on the 1st of Dec - I thus trust him that this is the case No disrespect to your postie, but he cannot be certain of what is happening upstream of the local sorting centre. Couple to this is the heavy traffic that is indicative of Xmas. Subsequently I always thought that I would be lucky to see these medals this side on the 25th.