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  1. 2017 UK Bicentenary Piedfort Sovereign

    I just took a few moments to contrast the mood now to when these coins were launched. What a great excitement! To be very generous, there is quite a bit disconnect between what some of us expected and what we ended up with. It goes without saying that I am highly delighted for those who got great 2017 coins - and I share the pain, on a personal level, with those who ended up with a great disappointment. I would say, though, that I learned a lot, and in the long run that will be the best investment of all.
  2. Cornering or influencing the market

    From the posts on the Forum and for the number of coins we know have been returned because of damage there must already be a significant percentage owned by Forum members. 18 would be 1% and some of us will not be far off handling 18 already! I think you could be onto something @Paul.
  3. Danbury Mint

    I got the works on Friday from the Windsor Mint; https://www.windsormint.co.uk/ An "ADVANCED NOTICE OF CREDIT EXPIRATION" as I had been "Specially selected to participate in a promotion to remember Princess Dianna" At a guess my details have been sold by another coin marketing business. They intend to withdraw the credit amounts and release the item reserved for me to another collector if I don't respond within the time limit. Honestly, it is nice to feel valued by a coin business, but this one will take some beating in the gimmick stakes!
  4. What's your reason for stacking/collecting?!?

    In Scotland we find it difficult to open a conventional wallet!
  5. 2017 Full British Sovereign - India Mint

    Should have gone to Specsavers! LOL. It was for orders over £500 - I was only going to order one so it worked on getting a bigger order from me!
  6. 2017 Full British Sovereign - India Mint

    I feel it is really important to record when something goes really well - way beyond your expectations. We can often get disappointments and sometimes become happy with "average" and tolerant to "poor" levels of service and quality of products. @Numistacker posted a fantastic video of a great coin - The 2017 British Sovereign minted under license for the Royal Mint in India with an "I" mintmark. I don't study coins like others on the Forum but I look for something a bit different. We are all to greater or lesser extents bargain hunters so when you see something that it not too much more than the price of the metal content, is unusual and has caught the eye of Forum members then excitement levels start to heighten. Then you spot the £10 discount code for a new customer and before you know it the email confirming your order is in your inbox! Fast forward 24 hours and you have a Royal Mail Special Delivery package in your hand, exactly like you see on the video and you cannot fail to be impressed by the care and attention taken of the packaging. For my personal experience, you come back down to earth quickly as you think; "This is too good to be true" and then; "Calm down dear, it's only a bullion coin, it must have nicks, dents and scratches" but no, the coins are in lovely condition, they have great definition and you cannot fail to be impressed by the effort that has been made in pre-sales marketing, production, inspection, shipping, sale, payment processing, email order confirmation and then packaging and insured delivery - a lot of elements to get right on a low premium coin. So usually in the buying process the story would end here, although there are sometimes a lot of frogs kissed that don't make the Forum because, no one really likes to moan, we are all used to problem coins, sometimes we are embarrassed and sometimes you just can't be bothered with the anxiety of dealing with it any further. But no, this happy story does not end here...................... Fast forward another 48 hours in the real world and there is a further positive development in the coin world! A call from Brandon, representing UK Bullion. An exceptionally polite young man asked me if I had received the package in good order. He explained his top priority was to make sure that customers were happy with their coins. We got into conversation and it quickly became very evident that he and UK Bullion really understood the needs of the customers. He asked me if I would feedback on Trust Pilot, which I agreed to do. There was a further surprise as part of the process - I will not spoil it for Forum members with orders from UK Bullion, but I felt like I was a valued customer - although this must be a small order for such a big company. So from me UK Bullion achieves my very highest recommendation, from first impressions, through fulfilment, to lasting impressions I really cannot find any room for improvement. Apologies for the long post, but when a firm goes to these lengths to make you happy then I think this sets a really good standard for Forum members' expectations for buying coins in the future.
  7. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    This has all the ingredients for the next "Madoff". LOL
  8. Today I received.....

    925 - easy Sterling Silver. Queen's Head - Special Hallmark first used in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee. Lion - the guarantee of Sterling Silver. Tudor Rose - Town-Mark for Sheffield since 1975. I'd guess there is a M&W mark on it too?!? LOL
  9. Today I received.....

    These are lovely pics, my replacement says "Hi"
  10. Today I bought this good. Buy or Bad ???

    http://www.royalmint.com/shop/u/uk17ppsp The "one" that may buck the trend?!?
  11. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

    And when it all goes wrong you feel like the fool who tried to please everyone!
  12. Today I received.....

    Late to the party, but I am HIGHLY delighted with the quality and condition of these coins and the packaging if only everything we received through the letterbox was as nice as these. WOW! Thanks for the nod @Numistacker
  13. Prince Philip Retirement Coin

    Not sure! fear of missing out kicking in! LOL!
  14. silver prices

    There is an easy way for the Govt. to sort this out. Cut out VAT on Silver Coins. There would be a loss of VAT revenue but much higher sale of coins in the UK stimulating economic activity rather than letting Forum £'s go abroad. I think this is the concern across the Brexit argument that we could become a low tax paradise as a plan B if the economy tanks!