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  1. @MickB... and that is where I read about it.
  2. Isn't there a Queen Beast Lion coming in platinum? 1 oz. not a 2 oz. Must have picked that somewhere in one of those email from the Royal Mint.
  3. I like Atkinsons, not always the cheapest as stated above already, but dependable. They even offer to call you when things get back in stock. I usually use their pre-order offers offering a slight discount. If looking for a specific coin, like missing a lunar from a few years back, I go with Chards, they tend to have more choice, if not quantity. I also tend to get my sovereigns from Chards.
  4. I have a couple of ounces on Signature Gold. They lowered their "vault" fees earlier this year, they used to be tiered, hence more expensive for small holdings. I find the 0.5% fee to be acceptable considering the ease of buying/selling. I use it mostly for hedging my portfolio and being able to sell quickly (for a profit in case of a market crash) if/when the need appears. They have also improved when in comes to moving some cash in, debit cards can now be used, before it had to be by bank transfer. With all the jokes about the quality of the Royal Mint coins, I think this is one of their most professional and reliable offerings. As for the trust factor, I would choose Signature Gold over a paper-gold ETF any day. I also have a stack of actual "family silver/gold", the kind I do not expect to sell unless I need to buy on the black-market when the Germans/EU invade. The VAT is indeed on the vaulting fee.
  5. The Royal Mint has just sent an newsletter email last night that included those. One can register their interest for a future email on release. The design (silver and gold) from the newsletter is the same as that shown of the original post. https://articles.royalmintbullion.com/britannia-anniversary/
  6. Assuming one pays VAT to fund the NHS, the armies and the nukes that will keep us safe from an EU invasion in two years time... I would say go for low premium gold if you intend to play medium term. Premium are usually smaller for 1 oz. tr. coins. Bars are better, but you will not go far with £300 a month, plus they are more cumbersome to flog. Counterintuitive because it is cheaper per unit mass, but I would say: Silver for the pretty long term (to get back those 20% from the VAT). Like many I think, with time, silver has greater potential for wild upswings. That being said, I usually buy things that I find nice to look at and hold in my hand; so I too get suckered by premiums (hello Queen's Beasts) anyway. Pretty obvious to say, but silver also allows you to have more coins to hold than gold. In any case, try to clump together those £300 a month and take advantage of discounts for tubes and other deals such as "mix and match" at Atkinsons and similarly tiered purchase elsewhere (Chards, etc.) as in the more you buy, the less you pay per unit. So again, £600-£1,000 batches would be better value if you can trust yourself to not spend those budding lump-sums.
  7. As implied above y @Lindeman, even if buying it can become easier after Pamp having entered the market, the selling part may still look very dicey. Maybe after the first rhodium Britannias show-up...
  8. As @HelpingHands mentioned, it is indeed possible for Sterling to go up. Amazingly it has actually gone up recently! Some $0.05 or so more than the latest weekly nadir. Still some way to go to $2 though...
  9. I am with @vand on this one. Patience should go a long way into allowing us to buy that a far more acceptable premium. Just need to wait for the likes of Chards and Atkinsons to start offering them... or even the Royal Mint for that matter, as they now have an option "World coins", at least for gold.
  10. @shortstack68 Your post has made me check how much I had paid on my pre-orderd tube of 10 Dragons, which I received this morning. It is already costing close to £70 more to get from Atkinsons' today! I am rarely that lucky.
  11. This story reminds me of the British Philatelic Bureau/Royal Mail. I used to buy a lot from them for my grandfather when he was still among us. The churn rate was getting silly and I am not even talking about the quality of those designs that celebrated everything and anything every month. In a way stamps are even worse than collectible coins because they are only paper. I only buy Royal Mint coins as bullion and not even 'from' them mind you. I try not to actually collect, but have fallen, like many, for the Queen's Beasts series. I could not repress a smile when I read "Those done for a Diana and Prince Charles overseas tour fared even worse, he added: 'We melt those.' " That being said, technically commemorative should indeed be understood only as commemorative, i.e. something that marks an occasion. For those who really liked Charles and Diana back in the days, they should cherish and enjoy their keepsakes, be they coins or tea-towels for what they are and not dream of finding a mug who would pay them a fortune for what they think they are worth.
  12. Well... I am done with investing in gold and silver coins. I am now going to invest in pianos. Should I buy my pianos "proof" or just standard, run-of-the-mill "bullion pianos"?
  13. Signed for my delivery of my tube of silver QB Dragons and one ¼ gold QB Dragon this morning. An order from Atkinsons. I did not get my chocolate coin this time.
  14. @shortstack68 Agreed, but it is me I was talking about, and I am an expert at bungling my acquisition of precious metals. Ask me to buy shares and I am usually lucky enough to make a few pennies within a few days, but gold or silver? Nah... Make me buy gold on the way down and one can be sure that it will fall even further a day later! As for the rate hike you are potentially right, but it is highly likely it has been already priced-in for a while now. The only surprise would be if there were none.
  15. Just pre-ordered a tube of silver and a ¼ oz. t. gold last night from Atkinsons. In case, somehow, silver appreciates seriously at some point. The fact that my pre-ordered tube of Dragons has cost me slightly less than my tube of Griffins, which in turn cost me less than my tube of Lions does not look much like "investment" to me at the moment. But hey! We are talking long run and minor hedging/insurance on the portfolio... or so goes the excuse to myself when it comes to buying the shinies. @shortstack68 I am with you on your implied "bullion is bullion" approach. A coin always looks nicer than a dull planchet, but I can live with milk spots and scratches too.