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  1. 36 points

    Today I Received.....

    Not all "Received Today" but seen for the first time together today... now on the way back to the Bank. Apologies for the quality of the pictures (taken by hand with my Mobile) that don't do the coins justice. Any marks you think you might see are on the plastic cases as the coins are 100%. I've also got all the Boxes and Certificates for all of these coins. If anyone has either a 1979 Proof or 1996 Proof Full Sovereign that they no longer need that they feel would Grade as a perfect 70 (or if you have one already graded 70) please get in touch as that would help me complete my 1979 to 2019 date run all in Proof 70 Grade. All of my set are PCGS except for 2 which I will get Crossed Over to PCGS.
  2. 33 points

    Pep talk: don't sell your PM now

    A plea to you all: sit on your hands. We stand on the breakout of what will very likely be one of the greatest bull markets of our lifetime. Think about what has happened over the last 10 years: unprecedented level of stimulus into a monetary system that is no longer fit for purpose. This is much worse than the abuse of the system that drove the prior PM bull markets of 1971-1980 and 1999-2011. The fallout from this crazy experiment will drive the price of gold by similar factors over the next decade, just as it did during the previous bull markets. Bull markets always run longer and further than nearly all their early adopters think is possible. PMs will be valued many multiples higher in the years to come. Scoot on over to a "mainstream" investment site like MrMoneyMustache or MoneysavingExpert and gold doesn't even figure on the radar. They are ALL about passive index funds and chasing the stock market. They worship VTSAX. If you are lucky you might find someone holding 20% bonds. They won't even look at gold until it has at least doubled from current levels, and even then they will be some of the earlier adopters. There will come a time to sell your PMs and buy something that is better value, but that time is still years away. It will be when everyone thinks it is a good time to be overweight on gold, when Dow/Gold is somewhere between a half to a quarter of its current level.
  3. 32 points

    Today I Received.....

    My Matt BU 2019 five sovereign piece arrived yesterday. I am also showing the 2015 BU five sovereign piece in order to show the colour / finish difference.
  4. 26 points

    Today I Received.....

    Just picked up from @shawy2510 these little beauties from one of my favourite mints.
  5. 23 points

    Today I Received.....

    May may have over done it on my trip to the royal mint experience today
  6. 23 points

    Today I Received.....

    Not a coin but coin related. A Harrison's improved sovereign balance. The coin needs to be the right weight to balance and the correct thickness fit through the slots.
  7. 19 points

    Today I Received.....

    Cheers @Goldmick. The brace of 2019’s arrived safe and sound. Thank you.
  8. 19 points

    Today I Received.....

    Placing a recent emphasis on US gold coins, received a couple of beauties... An exquisite first for the collection, a 2010-W 1 oz Gold Buffalo Proof. Also, an excellent bit of Pre-33 gold, a 1907 $10 Liberty Gold Eagle BU. And adding to The South African Mint’s Big Five Series...a couple 2019 South Africa 1 oz Silver Big Five Lion BU.
  9. 19 points

    Today I Received.....

    Nice visit from the postie today.
  10. 18 points

    Today I Received.....

    3x 2 sovereign Most 2 sov good value comparing with the full sovereign !
  11. 18 points

    Today I Received.....

    Received today from Numistacker. Well pleased, Big Thanks.
  12. 18 points

    Today I Received.....

    Badly worn unfortunately... but low mintage year (52'000) 🇦🇺
  13. 16 points

    Today I Received.....

    Awesome "little" baby from @Pete - Thanks bud!
  14. 16 points

    Today I Received.....

    Another few lovely ladies arrived today. 2x2oz and 2x1oz
  15. 14 points

    Bars Photo Thread...

    Stunning bars!
  16. 14 points

    i am back from the "grave"

    NO not quite - ive been out of circulation for a few months now with a rather frenetic period of my life! ive spent some considerable time around europe - off to Cyprus in October - and Africa on Safari early next year - Oh and I became semi retired in the midst of all this SO Hi again peeps -- - - noticed this a.m. that I have a similar namesake too! LOL - @shuggyboy24
  17. 13 points
    This is one of my favourite true stories about the indestructibility of gold and how even dissolved gold can be reconstituted. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/greatmomentsinscience/how-the-gold-nobel-prize-medals-were-hidden-from-the-nazis/8360522
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  19. 12 points

    It's a hard life being a dog!

    Here are a few pictures of my dog Magnus, he’s a Brussels griffon. I never could understand the connection people had with dogs until we got him a few years back.
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  21. 10 points

    Today I bought.....

    I did buy me some vintage bar today I might sell it when I get it home
  22. 9 points
    Well all - no more info on the mintages. Apparently if the information was released they would go out of business and cause massive movements in the market, as collectors who are money hungry blocks, would single out the lowest mintage coins and hoard them. The mint always puts collectors first! (I have exaggerated on the actual response - but I think you all get the point) Sorry all!
  23. 9 points
    Guys, Good news i made my first purchase! Actually i should say purchases! I did say i wanted my first purchases to be something special. 1x 2019 UK Britannia Oriental Border 1oz Gold Coin 1x 2019 UK Coat of Arms 1oz Gold Coin 3x 2019 UK Full Sovereign Gold Coins Will now be collecting a 1oz each year hopefully and try to buy a Sov as and when i can. Thanks for all the help and advice from everyone, time to make sensible special purchases going forward Will post pics once arrived. 👊
  24. 8 points
    i have lost a few grand gambling. Thank God i am addicted to precious metals now, i feel so much better for it.
  25. 8 points

    Today I Received.....

    Look for the 8 dollar 1.5ozT super maple. Don’t look too hard, I want another dozen over the next year.
  26. 8 points
    Join me at 5pm today as we do the first video reveal of these 100g bars in a YouTube live chat premiere. Feel free to drop in and say hi and ask any questions you have about the 100g bars. @5huggy If you are around again to act as a chat moderator that would be great If there are any other members out there who would like to act as a moderator for the live chat then please message me! We will talk about the mintage and why we have reduced it. Its also great to see the progression of these bars over the last 3 years!
  27. 8 points
    Since this thread caught my eye and I mentioned it to Mrs 5huggy - - she came flying in the house this morning and said look at my "babies" - - she's quite ecstatic about the rate of sudden development - me Im concerned at "potential approaching redundancy" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
  28. 7 points

    100g Silver Forum Bars (2019)

    Hello everyone. @ChrisSIlver and I are very happy to announce the official reveal of the 2019 100g Silver Forum Bars! We have been working on the design year upon year and we have evolved the design one step further to incorporate an all in one "2019" year date stamp. These bars are all hand poured, stamped and finished by myself meaning each and every bar is unique in some way. The weights will vary bar to bar (although none less than 100g) and the cooling patterns of the silver will also be unique and different for each one. Even the stamping (again done by hand) is different bar to bar. The allure of hand poured silver is growing stronger month by month and these bars are a brilliant way to start collecting hand poured silver and at the same time supporting the forum and my own business too! There are a lot of different aspects to tell you about so I have split this post up into various sections, hopefully this will cover most of your questions but if there is something I have not covered then please feel free to get in touch or comment on this thread. What are The Silver Forum Bars all about? The Silver Forum Bars (in all their sizes) have been created as a way to draw the silver forum community together but also as a fundraising and brand awareness raising exercise. Proceeds from the sales of these bars help keep the forum running in the way we have become accustomed to. Silver Premium and Gold Premium and now Platinum memberships go a long way to helping the running of the forum and to help keep the membership prices as low as practical, The Silver Forum Bars we make help a lot. Also, it is about raising the brand awareness of the forum and to encourage new people to join the forum and to make standard members think about supporting the forum by upgrading their membership or simply supporting the forum on a one off basis. Hallmarking As with all of my Hand Poured Silver products these bars will be Assay Tested and Hallmarked by the Edinburgh Assay Office. These bars are hallmarked with a 2mm sized mark - it is a larger and more expensive mark than normal but it really shows off the beauty of the Edinburgh Assay Office's work. Hallmarking is a very good addition to any poured silver. It is your guarantee that these bars are indeed 999 fine silver and made by me in 2019. If anyone wants to find out more about hallmarking please feel free to get in touch! Schedule, production and delivery These 100g Bars are currently with the Edinburgh Assay Office for hallmarking and I anticipate that they will be back with me in Week Commencing 26th August. So I am going to aim for a general release date of 2nd September 2019. MINTAGE (PLEASE READ)- REDUCED MINTAGE FOR 2019 Many of you already know about my businesses VAT situation. We are currently NO LONGER registered for VAT. This comes with turnover restrictions for our business. We are very busy at the moment and we also have plans for other fun projects and pieces for The Silver Forum before the end of the year. So in order to not exceed our turnover restrictions annually we have taken the big decision to reduce the mintage of these 100g bars. So, the mintage for 2019 will be 100 bars This mintage is set and will not change. Serial Number reservations With the reduction in total mintage comes an issue with serial number reservations. Traditionally members have been able to reserve their existing serial numbers from previous years. With the reduction in mintage forum members with serial numbers 101 to 150 will not have this option as those numbers will not exist. We have given a great deal of thought to how we are going to proceed with this - and the ultimate problem is we are not going to make everybody happy. But we believe that the following is the best way to go about the release and reservations: If you own a bar with a serial number between 1 and 99 (bar number 100 is reserved for a charity raffle) then you will be able to reserve your existing bar. If you wish to reserve that number you need to do so BEFORE 2nd September. You also need to pay for your bar before 2nd September! If you own a bar with a serial number 101 - 150 and wish to purchase a bar for 2019 you will be placed on a waiting list for bars that go unclaimed by previous owners. Members who do not own bars from 2018 will also be able to put their name down on the waiting list. However, members who own a bar from 2018 will have priority over those that do not. After 2nd September we will know how many bars are still available. We will then communicate a fair and open way to decide who gets what bar on a first come first served basis with priority given to previous owners from 2018. How this will work and when we will do it will be decided in the week commencing 2nd September. To formally join the waiting list all you need to do is comment on this thread or drop me a PM that you wish to have a bar. I hope that all makes sense. In summary, you have until 2nd September to reserve and/or pay for your existing serial numbers if you already own them. Prices are set as follows Standard or Non member price - £82.50 per bar Silver Premium member price - £77.50 per bar Gold & Platinum member price - £72.50 per bar UK Postage: +£3.50 or free for 2+ Bars International postage: +£10 tracked for 1 bar or free for 2+ bars Forum membership and pricing As you can see there are some very good savings to be had for upgrading your membership - so take a look at the benefits that are available for premium and gold premium members today! A few notes on pricing These bars are hand poured, hand stamped and polished by me. They take a lot of time and energy and equipment to create. These are premium hand poured silver products, not cheap bullion. They are a way to support the Backyard Bullion business, my brand and most importantly, The Silver Forum. As I said earlier, proceeds from the sale of these bars go towards the upkeep and running costs of this forum. This helps keep membership prices as low as possible for premium and gold premium members and ensures that standard members can still use this forum for free. Standard members - The difference in price is as a way for you to support the forum in a one off style payment rather than signing up for membership. But also please feel free to upgrade your membership to take advantage of the discounts available. The price also incorporates the Hallmarking costs, this includes postage of these bars to and from Edinburgh and the application of the hallmark. Payment Information To secure the reservation of your bars and serial numbers you will need to pay me before 2nd September 2019 If you are interested then please let me know in this thread or via PM and I will then reply with the payment information. Payment will be via Banks Transfer or PayPal. We can accept other forms of payment too, just ask if you would like to find out more. Also, I welcome all feedback and any questions you might have about these bars. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting The Silver Forum!
  29. 7 points
    This is probably one for only the most committed of Panda lovers ... the 150th Anniversary China Panda 1kg Silver Cube. 150th Anniversary of the West’s Discovery of the Panda One Kilogram (32.15 Ounces) of Pure Silver 99.9% Fineness Four Updated Panda Designs All New Tong Fang Obverse All-New Antiqued Finish Deluxe Display Case with White Cotton Glove Actual Size 45.67 x 45.67 x 45.67 mm “Lucky” Limited Mintage of 888 Pieces No actual price details have been published, so I guess that places it firmly in the "orbital" range. Here's a link for anyone interested in finding out more ... https://www.lpm.hk/2019-panda-cube?inf_contact_key=310d3242ea234a1244d80c53fb430cb4 And some additional images and info below ... Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the West Discovering the Panda Ever since the China Mint issued its first Panda coin in 1982, numismatic coins with these amazing animals have been a top seller around the world. China has had to increase the maximum mintage of their Silver Panda series multiple times just to keep up with demand! Now, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Western World discovering the Panda’s existence, a new Kilo Silver Panda is being released that’s making numismatic history. For the first time ever, you can own a Kilo Silver Panda struck as a 99.9% pure silver cube. You read that right—a 6-sided cube! This unique piece features updated, highly detailed versions of some of the Silver Panda’s most celebrated designs taken from key dates over the history of the series, along with the classic Temple of Heaven design used on all China Panda coins. Last is a brand-new design from renowned Chinese designer Tong Fang, creator of the 2019 Gold & Silver Panda reverse. The time, skill and artistry required to create these Kilo Silver 150th Anniversary Panda Cubes is so substantial that only 888 units will ever be struck. Only a select few collectors in the entire country will have the opportunity to own this historic numismatic first. World’s first-ever silver panda cube struck in one kilo of 99.9% fine silver Created with innovative, new minting and antiquing processes Deluxe packaging with certificate of authenticity, story book and personal letter written and hand-signed by famed numismatic artist Tong Fang Limited availability of only 888 have been authorised Example below of two pages included in the Mint Certificate Booklet: Free Special Bonus Offer Act now to receive a very special PANDA BONUS offer FREE with your purchase! +852 3619 2525
  30. 7 points

    Today I Received.....

  31. 7 points
    2016 Proof Sovereign NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo & 2016 Proof Quarter Sovereign James Butler Portrait ONLY THE QUARTER SOVEREIGN LEFT AVAILABLE- its presented in its Royal Mint Presentation Box, with Outer Box and COA Sovereign Graded NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo £670 Posted SOLD (via eBay) Half Sovereign SOLD Quarter Sovereign £125 Posted
  32. 7 points

    Unpacking My Stack

    All the empty pre-bought Mint coin tubes and capsules that you see in the first photo was meant to be my original stack but it never really got off the launchpad. The major flaw with my initial stacking strategy was overbuying or overstacking silver at the expense of gold represented by the three diminutive sovereign tubes. I made some headway but eventually ended up selling off my silver Eagles, Britannias, Kangaroos, Noah’s Arks and gold sovereigns. There was simply too much diversification going on. I opted for a pared down silver stack of collectible semi-numismatic coins which meant I could diversify into sovereigns, 1/4oz and 1oz gold coins. I adopted a Japanese way of doing things which could extract more from less and was exquisitely economical with space. My entire stack is heavier than it looks and can be packed into a Case Logic toiletry bag. I’m not done stacking, of course, as you can see from the half-empty air-tite tubes but I know where I’m headed this time with my second stacking strategy.
  33. 7 points
    Sorry for the late reply I’m actually doing some final bits ie decorating.roof is done as are all the electrics.will be adding furniture and appliances as renting furnished makes me exempt from some of the taxes here.total cost including the purchase £9200 and estimated value is around the £22000 mark.i wont be selling anytime soon and have already placed an ad for £250 a month with quite a bit of interest.will upload some photos when I get home as internet here is the equivalent of dial up...
  34. 6 points
    too early for this sh*t 😂
  35. 6 points

    QB for sale

    Hi, It is my first time here. The price is excluding the shipment fees indeed. I have still the unicorn too for 1400 euro. I uploaded the pictures as per the rules. I am located in netherlands and travel frequently in Europe. I can ship the items or meet in person. Both fine by me Thanks!
  36. 6 points

    Today I made.....

    pictures of dixiesilverminer's Latest piece in final finish 958 Britannia AR15 He made the gold bullets by hand they are not poured and the flash suppressor and silencer are interchangeable, they screw on and off the end. also the bullets come out of the magazines. The copper stand hand built. The rifle has a drilled out hole that attaches to the stand on a post and holds the magazines and silencer. The current weight is 22.10 oxt of .958 Britannia and 6 grams of gol
  37. 6 points

    Today I Received.....

    THAT IS AWESOME! - Let us Know if you find out how it is done! SPECTACULAR!
  38. 6 points

    Seeking knowledge through others.

    Hi, joined today after finding this place via a Youtube comment. Looking to learn from you folks and contribute once I am more confident on the topic of silver stacking, collecting, buying and selling. Thanks folks.
  39. 5 points

    Kirk Douglas

    i'm Brian...and so's my wife oops sorry wrong film!
  40. 5 points

    World War I Coins

    Due to the “close economic relationship” with the USA, Cuba declared war on Germany the next day. Now Cuba is more known for the sweeter things in live and this was exactly their contribution to the war effort: cane sugar production at a massive scale. The CCC, the Cuban Cane Corporation, became the largest sugar producer worldwide. Most sugar production was in American hands and while Cuba never got to dispatch her small detachment, the US sent Marines to Cuba to prevent civil uprising and protect the sugar production. The boom and bust of the cuban sugar industry is seen as the main cause of the rise of anti-american nationalism and as one of his first actions Castro nationalised cuban sugar production. 1916 Cuba 10 Peso (MS62) (no coins produced in 1917)
  41. 5 points

    Chronos Set To Date

    Back in stock Chronos Series Complete set to date in Bunc (Brilliant Uncirculated) 2015 - 2019 Priced for the set. Classic designs and superb craftsmanship. Technically better than their bullion counterparts, the super reflective surface makes them almost proof. So much so that some major dealers classify them as proof-like. The capsules are also specially designed for these coins. All in all a great set to own. ✨£130 per set - 7 sets available. plus p&p of your choosing. £2.85 if 2nd class signed for is ok. Or £8 Special Delivery fully insured. These will be posted elsewhere so please act fast if you missed them the first time. Thanks for looking.
  42. 5 points

    100g Silver Forum Bars (2019)

    Thanks @BackyardBullion Look forward to adding to the existing line-up ... NeutronJack
  43. 5 points

    2005 Double Sovereign, NGC PF70 UC

    Need or want? 😁
  44. 5 points

    Recession doom loops

    There is already a recession - in reality there has been one for the last 10 years - the real inflation rate is outstripping GDP growth and has been for yonks.
  45. 5 points
    @LaurenceB @kimchi I am never tired of finding this link to help people avoid fake coins!
  46. 5 points

    Today I Received.....

    I think the makers of the Big 5 coins need you to do the photography for them, didnt think a great deal to them on their pictures, they look superb here.
  47. 5 points
    Some beetroot from yesterday - Mrs ST loves her pickled beetroot - I can't stand the stuff😄 Roasted beetroot is good though. I was going to lift most of the potatoes yesterday but the heavens opened and the plot rapidly disappeared under 3 inches of water - made pasta sauce instead.
  48. 5 points

    Finding money/General good fortune

    I remember a few years ago several of us visiting a fairground after a few hours in the pub. As we approached the Waltzer, one of my friends found a roll of £20 notes bound with an elastic band, the roll could have very easily choked a Donkey. To my horror he handed the cash in to the very honest looking tattooed gentlemen operating the Waltzer who squeezed the cash into his jeans pocket for safekeeping. We all know that fairground workers have a reputation for their probity- we’ve all seen David Essex and Ringo Starr in ‘That’ll Be The Day’
  49. 5 points

    Today I Received.....

    Got these today. Love the Valcambi bars. Got them for a very good price. Amazing. Also got a 2011 1/2 Britannia that I actually listed after thinking it was a mess. Got home gave it a very gentle polish and the dirt came right off. It wasn’t milkspotted at all. Keeping the little shiny thing now!! Added 0 minutes later... That’s a great picture! Lovely little stack there!!
  50. 5 points
    Oh no.. You mean my collection is ruined? I've fondled all of my bullion coins