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  1. NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Considering the weight and value of several hundered coins in slabs, you obviously wouldn't want to park miles away.
  2. You forgot to subtract the volume that you will be displacing, so you might need just half A good delivery ripple silver bar comes to mind.
  3. Today I Received

    I wasn't aware that the Royal Mint makes rounds on their own account? They are definitely not on their UK bullion site.
  4. Today I Received

    A PF70 Lion Dollar
  5. I'll check next time. But I would rather think that there is some change in the atmosphere than a major change to the sun itself. Certainly the sun is burning more nowadays, so I would assume that there is some thinning of the ozone layer in the northern hemisphere, too. What colour is the sun in Australia @westminstrel?
  6. Today I bought.....

    Won an auction on eBay for £100 below Royal Mint issue price. Just hope it is decent quality
  7. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Well actually it is about countries starting to pull out their gold from the big Central Banks and the question if there will be any left if you are late to the party. Hungary just wants 3 t. When Germany requested 300 tons, they only got 5 tons in the first year. Can you trust the Central Banks if your holdings cannot be checked and it takes 4 years to withdraw 20% of your stack and 50% of your stack has to stay put? Is it fair to assume that the bank might have invested your stack, especially if some of your stack got "molten and recast"?
  8. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Now it becomes tricky... Just to wrap it up: there are only about 5 million Germans. There are over 100 million holders of a german passport. The passport of the Federal Republic of Germany is a travel document, a photo ID. Germans are by law obligated to always carry an ID on them (sounds a bit like an occupied country, doesn't it?). The Federal Passport or the German ID card Personalausweis (which actually translates personell card) are proof of identity but not nationality. Being born in Germany to "German" parents does not make you German because they only are passport holders but not German Nationals. Anyone doubting that can check the marriage certificate of the parents - there won't be an entry in the field "nationality" unless a parent had a foreign nationality. Now to acquire just the passport is a different thing. Yet most nations will agree that you loose your original nationality if you take on another e.g. a British Passport. With the Brexit any European who has no British Passport will loose their rights if they leave the country for more than 2 years. Only a British Passport will protect the rights indefinite. So most will really have to weigh their options. In the case of the Federal Republic of Germany you can keep your passport if the application is made for another passport of an EU member state. In the case of the German Nationality this will be lost as with most nationalities if you actively seek to become a member of another state. I am not sure what happened to the British Nationalities (England, Scotland, Wales and (Northern?) Ireland) as it seems they were replaced by a citizenship. Although these terms tend to be used synonymously, they are fundamentally different in terms of where the power devolved from: the nationality comes from the natural right of a natural person (natio/born) while the citizenship is granted from a legal entity/person (city). Disclaimer: I am no lawyer and not fit to give legal advice. Please seek professional help if you need advice on nationality or citizenship law.
  9. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Apparently this is not necessary. We happily live in the fiction, the "free press" of the "free world" creates. The German Government is under US control, remember that Merkel's phone was tapped by Obama? And the government didn't publicise that they got different bars, they only admitted it after a public enquiry.
  10. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Imagine you deposit your Metalor silver bars in the safe of a company. They will be put in sealed bags. After decades you request to check if the bars are still there and you are told that is not possible. You then want your silver bars back and you are told that it will take a few years and you only will get part back. The silver bars you receive are not Metalor but Umicore. Would you be concerned that the other bars may not be in the sealed bags any more but gone? The FED will place the gold holdings of a government in a sealed vault. They don't charge for their service. But somehow you can neither check if your gold is still in the vault and withdrawals are cumbersome. And when you finally get some, it's someone else's.
  11. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    I really don't want to make this thread about what Germany is or pretends to be. Check Part 4. on the official guidance to get officially recognised German. The German Nationality law is ius sanguini and added ius soli after 2000 only for children of foreigners residing in Germany. As a German you have to prove your ancestry back to 1914. http://www.bva.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/BVA/Staatsangehörigkeit/Feststellung/Merkblatt_Feststellung.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2
  12. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    I am sorry to disappoint you but the Grundgesetz is no constitution (the Grundgesetz/Basic Law was formed in 1949 to reorganise the occupied western territories). Article 146 [Duration of the Basic Law] This Basic Law, which since the achievement of the unity and freedom of Germany applies to the entire German people, shall cease to apply on the day on which a constitution freely adopted by the German people takes effect.
  13. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Indeed. In 1989 the wall came down and the German Democratic Republic (no sovereign state) was integrated into the Federal Republic of Germany (no sovereign state). In 1994 this law here was published stating in section 2 that "All rights and obligations [...] of the Allied Authorities in or in respect of Berlin are and shall remain valid [...]. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/blob/243666/336118af85b32b909d4960dac6289761/vertragstextbgbl-data.pdf You had your Currywurst in occupied territory. In this territory, under full allied control, Merkel pretends to exercise the will of the German passport holders.
  14. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack this thread but since the question came up: A German citizenship can be acquired by descent from ancestors who were born pre 1914 in a German State (Prussia, Bavaria, Saxonia etc.) within the borders of 1939. Only if you are able to provide birth and marriage certificates of your ancestors tracing back to 1914 a certificate of a German Nationality/Citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) will be issued. Otherwise you can only claim a certificate that you have declared yourself German or that the authorities have treated you as if you were a German. You can run the official instructions on how to file an application for recognition of a German Citizenship through google translate if you want. http://www.bva.bund.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/BVA/Staatsangehörigkeit/Feststellung/Merkblatt_Feststellung.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2 They are just that: passport holders (without a nationality) Neither ID nor passport are proof of German Nationality. Only the certificate of a German Nationality is proof of such. This is an official statement of the parliaments of one of the defunct German States stating just that. https://www.landtag-bw.de/files/live/sites/LTBW/files/dokumente/WP16/Drucksachen/1000/16_1883_D.pdf
  15. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Sorry, what was the question?
  16. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Every gold bar has a serial number making it unique. The central banks are supposed to keep your bars as a custodian and return them on request or make them available for audit. In case of the German Gold, the bars returned had different numbers and were produced rather recently. The fact that the FED won't allow an audit of the German Gold leads to the assumption that the original bars have been melted and sold. (It even seems that only one selected vault of US gold has been assessed in the last decades) Since you cannot trace a melted down bar it is impossible to say where it is now. Most likely those gobbling up physical gold like China and Russia will hold a proportion.
  17. Hungary repatriates 100,000 ounces of gold stored in London

    Germany repatriated gold from France only. The gold at the FED and BOE will not be repatriated. The official tenor is as follows: The gold was taken away as Germany was within the reach of the Soviet Union. Now that this threat is over some was returned. The Gold in London and New York will remain to buffer exchange rate fluctuations, which won't be necessary with France as it is within the Euro Zone. I agree with @sixgun: the gold is gone and the Germans can be happy that not all was stolen and indeed a small fraction was actually returned. Also, how many decades ago was the last full audit on the gold in any of those central banks?
  18. To share postage to the UK and to get the best price I am organising a mini group order for this coin. The cost per coin would work out less than 26,50€ or £23.20 plus UK postage but likely less than that. I am aiming at a final price of £22.20 per coin plus onward postage. Current order level 14 coins. This is a UK only group order. Please PM me if interested. Payment by BACS or PayPal F&F. UK postage will be collected once the order ships in about 2-3 weeks.
  19. I have yet to receive a shipping confirmation. If @BackyardBullion's gs.be group order arrives earlier, I can ask him to hold back for those who ordered items with him and the mini group orders or to ship those items to me and I can then post the lot out to you (pl.).
  20. Hello from Portugal

    Welcome to the forum. Portugal has some amazing silver and gold coinage. Looking forward to seeing some on this forum.
  21. Newby

    Welcome. How is your kook collection getting on?
  22. New Member

    Howdy Tsuda, I hope your journey is going on well. Numistacker has a great channel and his insights have helped me getting started as well.
  23. New Member Greeting from Texas

    Welcome to the forum, I hope you were able to grab some ideas off the forum about numismatics. Happy stacking!
  24. New to the forum - but old silverbug at heart

    Hello and thanks for the mini group orders.
  25. Hello

    Hi Rafael, there are many places to buy gold online or over the counter (anonymous for cash up to several thousand Euros a time), but rather than where you should ask yourself what. Augur