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  1. Better coverage of this concerning issue here, thank you, than BBC. BBC focus is on jokers, coughing and "F" off along with a very ashen faced failed Tory minister and Chairman. Is it just me or is there a massive democratic failure in this advance world of ours?
  2. 2017 Indian sovereign availability?

    I wonder if there will be an awful lot more 2017's coming forward for sale as I'd imagine the mint will be working on 2018's now. The 201st. Anniversary Year of the Modern Sovereign! Saying that there are still more that three months of the year left to rinse out of the 200th. year. (LOL)
  3. Where to sell silver dinner set?

    Anything, at all, over the best scrap price would be good for these. Lovely items as they are, in the cold light of day they are 80% solid silver spoons and forks and thin silver knife handles. If they were mine I'd use them until the price of silver shoots up to get the best of both worlds.
  4. 2017 Indian sovereign availability?

    Nice coins, exceptionally well presented and handled with great attention to detail. This was for a Bullion coin. Contrast this to how recent other coin offers have been received. They were a good spot by @Numistacker
  5. For ebay sales, I don't think we'd ever see the full picture as problem coins would be subject to refunds/ disputes, etc. I like buying on the Forum as the condition is always very clear and sellers' names mean a lot to them.
  6. 2017 UK Bicentenary Piedfort Sovereign

    ..... and no coins! I did end up with the £5.00 after all the fuss I made about the SotD too! The most expensive one and the only one not to sell out at the Royal Mint!
  7. 2017 UK Bicentenary Piedfort Sovereign

    I gave in!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. What's your reason for stacking/collecting?!?

    In Scotland we find it difficult to open a conventional wallet!
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 200 Anniversary "Strike on the day" Sovereign

    This has all the ingredients for the next "Madoff". LOL