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  1. Fully agree @Lea79. This time the boom may be more selective - with some alts rising and others exposed as just hype ( but none of us know for sure). Trying to balance between solid coins that may nicely 2-5x (BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, XLM, OMG, LISK) and others that may still go 20-100x ( select your favorite low cap alts here .....DENT, PRL, ADA, SUB, NAV, ARDR, ADX,INT ...). Crash in full swing again today.
  2. Mining contracts are something i did not get into - but I like the idea. Mainly just HODLing through this dip / crash / correction / cryptogedonn and still up on my initial buys in summer 2017. Its a fun balance - spending some free time looking at coins that represented value 200 years ago (and still hold it today) and other time pouring over the speculations in crypto. Both have attractions😊
  3. Just bought a few LTC in tonights dip. Who knows if its the bottom ; in all likelihood maybe not. But i need to do something here when the prices are all red and back to December values. It will go back to $300 , maybe in the April (hopefully 2018, not April 2020😉) S
  4. Today I Received

    Beautiful coins - all of them. Get those special year Sovs safely into some Airtites !
  5. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Indeed - thanks Numi ( and Augur!). Yes - i have a big smile tonight! Pleased is putting it mildly , as the last Griffin i sent in came back MS66 which was a real unexpected blow. Back on track now with the QB bullion quarters! Need to pick up a few camp Clarences soon to try for an MS70 again! Been a good grading session - in gold delighted with the 1784 guinea (AU55), the 1910 $5 half eagle (AU58....just happy to have a genuine Indian Head😉), and the Libertad 2017 quarter ounce Pf70 (if thats mine Numi!?). In silver - recouped the grading costs with the PF69 Krugerrand proof (as that was a lucky sub £100 purchase), and pretty decent on my older proof Britannias - PF70 for the 2011, and 69s for the 2013 and the iconic 2014. Big thanks to Numi for convincing me to get many of these conserved before grading. Happy way to end a snowy week👍👍. Lindeman
  6. Today I Received

    A few silver pickups. 10 x 2018 kookaburras and 10x 2017 Anniv Britannias. Like both as they come in capsules, and of course the beautiful designs. The flying Kook is a nice change. Then a PF70 2012 Brit, and a bunch of Red Dragon Queen’s Beasts silver proofs. They should appreciate nicely - as the series progresses.
  7. Today I Received

    Tidy business live at auction this weekend. A total of 6 full sovereigns - four Vics (average of £279 each for an 1871 shield, 1875 M, 1888 S Jubilee Head, 1900 old head), the bullion 2017 (always fancied one - but missed out until today) and finally - a 2017 proof Sov 😊. Paid £680 for that proof - but its in good shape and frankly i don’t see it getting cheaper anytime soon. Of course i should have bought it straight away from the Mint for was it £525? But hindsight is easy. Of the Vics - i needed a Jubilee Head for my type set, and the 1871 London Shield Back Die 7 is probably the pick of the bunch. I have never graded a bullion sov in my life - but can you Sovereign guys estimate the potential NGC grade (AU58?). Other major win was a boxed proof 2017 silver Krugerrand - along with some other silver bullion (including some pre-47 UK and US ) and one of those weird Tristan Da Cunha proof silver coins all for £111. Wanted that silver proof Krug after seeing many here getting them....but never fancied paying the crazy prices. Reckon that was a real bargain, and it is a stunning piece. Finally - if anyone can give me any info on the TDC £1 0.925 silver proof 100th anniversary of the House of Windsor .... i would appreciate it. I cannot find anything about it - but it is claimed to be 0.925 silver.
  8. GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    No - that 1910 sovereign price (£607) is correct and wholly to be expected. If you read the blurb it explains two reasons why. 1 - Edward was King for only a short reign. 2. Edward is facing right. So thats about an extra £150 for each amazingly rare feature ....😜 its amazing how much contempt some dealers have for their potential customers...
  9. Red spots on 2015 Gold BU libertads....

    Thanks guys! I am somewhat reassured , as i was wondering if it would impact the value. They are still beautiful ( to my eye almost as nice as the shiny proofs) and i am keeping them all. @tbone i will resist the temptation to break out the rubber gloves and the baking soda for now😉😉, but maybe if they get bigger.....!
  10. GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    Back to the LondonGoldBullion topic - i checked their site out after reading @smithy117 updates. They certainly have some errors up there , or I have missed the 5x price increase for silver, as they list the BU Queens beast 2 oz silver coins for £205.90 each!? Shurely shome mishtake? https://www.londongoldbullion.co.uk/silver-coins-c11
  11. Just took a look at two bullion 2015 gold quarter Libertads ....and to my dismay - i see red spots on both sides. Take a look. Anyone else had a similar issue? These coins have been in Airtites since i bought them in 2015, so i am a bit disappointed. 😩😩 i also have proofs from the same year - with no issues. Lindeman
  12. Today I Received

    Finally picked up the two lovely gold one - ouncers that I bought in the dip a few weeks ago. A 2017 eagle and a 2017 anniversary Britannia. Nice to contrast the colour and the designs, with the US eagle of course being 0.917. Sorry about the poorer photo of the Brit - but I am reluctant to take it out of its capsule. Regarding the designs; while the Eagle is very good (and with a big ounce you can see more of the finer details of the eagles nest and the White House ), it does make me appreciate that the Royal Mint here in the UK is willing to take some risks and plays with new tweaks to the designs on the front and back. Lets face it, we do grumble about the RM and pile into them when they get it spectacularly wrong (eg the 2018 lunar dog) but at least they take the risk. On the US side - i guess it would take another revolution to change the design. Maybe President Trump will order a new design - with the genius himself on both sides!? Anyway - back to the final gold coin - a cool pickup from a visit to the LCS when in the States, a 1923 Melbourne sovereign for the same premium as any other bullion. Not in pristine condition, but this was a pretty low mintage by 1920s standards so quite pleased with that. That one goes into the semi-numismatic pile of sovereigns😊. Also snagged a few of the annual silver 1 ounce designs - but my favourite by far is the Netherlands Lion restrike. I could only find the bullion version, but i see now what all the fuss is about....and i may need to track down a proof! Some nice 1990 Canadian maples in OMP - i do like the old maples, and these are in great shape. Maybe being in the wrapper prevents spotting ?
  13. Today I bought.....

    Finally bought two gold coins that have been high on my list all through 2017: the 1 ounce 2017 Britannia 30th Anniversary bullion, and a 2017 American 1 ounce gold Eagle. Bought the Britannia directly with BTC (an interesting first for me..) and the AGE was from APMEX this week when they dropped the price way down, so both fell under the £1000 bar that is my psychological price barrier for buying an ounce of gold😉.
  14. The way i figure it there is every likelihood Pt will go back to over$1000 / ounce just with normal price fluctuations, so that nearly takes care of the VAT hit.... of course - any PM purchase right now has to compete with the crypto alternatives for quicker gain (loss!?) like ETH, XRP, BTC, OMG et al. Tough choices....
  15. For those of us who like the Pt - this is surely Christmas come early!? Price in $ is down to under $890/ ounce and you have to go back to Feb 2016 to see the last time Platinum was at that price. I have acummulated a few ounces since 2014 - just trying to get a 1 ounce example from each of the countries / mints that isssue platinum (and this year there have been a few new entrants - the Krugerrand, Queens Beast, Kangaroo). I give below some exs of remarkable deals available today on the US websites ( i know - this is really only a bargain for US buyers - as the VAT + shipping will get you adding >20% to these numbers😩😩) One of the most beautiful Pt coins - and i have never seen it at this price before - the IOM Noble for $929.45 from Provident That makes me want to buy another! Then the new kid on the Perth Mint roster - and my target today - Kangaroo 2018 for $969 from Provident or $975 at Apmex. Apmex also have a fantastic sale deal on the 2009 IOM Angel Proof at $979 and the QBs at around $970 Sure - there is a lot of talk about Pt not being needed in future as we go to battery powered cars etc - and this metal fell out of favour as Palladium soared past it , but all i know is that platinum is at about 86% of its year high today, with silver very similar at about 85% of its 2017 high - so this as much a buying opportunity for platinum as for silver. Just wanted to see how the platinum buyers out there in the Forum are looking at this right now. I am certainly aiming to pick up 1-2 ounces today in case the price pops up tomorrow (of course - they will probably plummet as soon as i have hit the button😂😂) The one coin that stays stubbornly above the $1000 line is still the US Eagle - which is frustrating to me, as i need one! Lindeman