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  1. 79 points
    In the spirit of the forum community, I am running a FREE OUNCE OF SILVER giveaway for Members with a UK address. To win your FREE MILKY MAPLE all you have to do is like this post any you will be entered into the draw. The draw will be made Friday 21st September (This Friday) and every "LIKE" received before noon on the Friday will be eligible. The winner will be posted up here and I will PM you asking where you would like the coin sent. There is no catch, you don't have to subscribe to anything, postage is free. UK address only. UPDATE: ANYONE WITH A UK ADDRESS CAN ENTER Good luck everyone!! JB
  2. 55 points
    mr-dead

    Gold sold - my lessons learned

    So now I have sold my entire gold stack I thought I would post some of my lessons learned for anyone that may be interested. Total amount of gold sold - just under 55oz A total mishmash of coins, bars, bullion and semi numi stuff. My lessons learned 1) Fractionals at 1/4oz or under are defo easier to sell than larger items. Older Pandas were the most popular followed by the lunar series and retain the greatest premium. 2) Bars do not sell as well as coins (no problem at the dealer but you will get a lower payment compared to selling privately) 3) It takes a lot of time and hassle to piece out your stack if you want to maximise profit, the more diverse the stack the longer it will take. 4) Having physical gold makes it harder to react to spot price, when you decide to sell you will be praying spot price doesnt take a big hit on the way to the dealer. 5) Atkinsons pricing is based on either an AM or PM price fix (I got todays 3 PM price fix at just over £1000oz) 6) Make sure you keep a good spreadsheet of your stack - makes life a lot easier at selling time. 7) I know this is "thesilverforum" but I am so glad I put my money in to gold over silver. I cant imagine how long it would have taken to sell the equivalent value in silver compared to my gold stack as it would have had to be private sales to make up for any VAT and increased premiums on silver coins/bars. My stacking strategy moving forward: I plan to continue buying gold on the next dip but my approach will change significantly. 1) I will split funds between a physical stack and a bullionvault account 2) Physical stack will consist of 100% sovereigns, used as a long term retirement investment. 3) I will not stray into the semi numi coins for simplicity and easier selling when the time comes. 4) Bullionvault account will be used for real time buying/selling in relation to spot price movements and will also enable me to play the GSR ratio when possible. Summary. It was a very strange feeling walking into atkinsons this morning with a box holding a few years of hard work and dedication. The big plus side is that gold stacking has enabled me to save far more money than I ever would have managed if I was just banking fiat. I will get a real sense of satisfaction when I settle my mortgage 11 years early saving a lot on interest payments and ensuring a safe and secure future for my family. OTHERS OPINIONS MAY VARY
  3. 53 points
    sg86

    Today I Received.....

    What a coin.... 🤗😍 1853 Proof, nothing much more to say but wow! I suspect many don't even know this rarity even exists, very very few in existence now. Pictures (especially from phone) don't do it any justice, so I will do a 4k video at some point so others can enjoy it
  4. 52 points
    Lr103

    Today I Received.....

    This is a belated "today I received", because after a very public hallmarking failure at the Edinburgh Assay Office due to silver contamination, this BYB gold bar was hesitant to leave the pouch However, it eventually mustered the courage to emerge, with the help of these gold eagles which it turns out are 3% silver. The bar began to realize there is other gold bullion in the world that contains even more silver, but is still widely accepted. Now well adjusted, and comfortable with its silver content, the bar has joined the stack and exists in harmony with bullion of all shapes, sizes, and metal content. A huge thank you to @BackyardBullion for doing on awesome job with this bar, as usual!!
  5. 52 points
    mr-dead

    400oz full stack pic

    A couple of pics of my full gold stack. 400.06 troy oz : 9 X 1kg bars $20 Eagle - Liberty Head 2017 Buffalo 2017 Kangaroo 2017 Maple 2107 Philharmonic 1g bar 2g bar 30th Anniversary Britannia 5 X 50g Valcambi combi bars 22 X Britannias 1 X 1/2 oz Britannia 50 X full sovs 45 X Krugerrands Mexican 50 Peso 2 X $50 Eagles Queens Beast Dragon Queens Beast Griffin Queens Beast Lion Queens Beast Proof lion Queens Beast Proof Unicorn Queens Beast Proff Dragon 2017 Piedfort sov 2017 Pistrucci 1/4 sov proof 2017 Pistrucci 1/2 sov proof 2017 Pistucci full sov proof 2016 100g proof Panda Dont think I missed anything
  6. 51 points
    Big Bars Combi-Bars Tiny Bars Bullion 1oz ers (apart from a 50 peso + 1 X 1/2 of Britannia) Proof 1oz QB's Proof 100g gold panda 2017 proof sovs Bullion sovs King Phillip II of Spain gold Escudo cobs (doubloons) from 1556 - 1598 Silver stack Proof 150g Panda
  7. 47 points
    Gordon

    Proof Sovereign Collection

    My proof full sovereign collection from 1979-2018 complete. A great coin to collect and to put together as a collection
  8. 45 points
    Mr Fedex has just delivered this from Greece. Thanks SvCollector
  9. 45 points
    Shrunk the stack down to a single Peli case by removing all the coin packaging and boxes which will be stored at home, will save a chunk of cash as I can now rent a much smaller box. Loving the giant coin tubes, 32oz in a full tube
  10. 44 points
    h103efa

    Today I Received.....

    Been a bit excited for the last few weeks, but today I finally received this 30 g golden beauty! Hugest of thanks to @Marc Long story short, i'm a bit of a fan of The Phoenix (sentimental place from my uni+ days), hence my collecting of most things Phoenix such as the dragon and phoenix coins here! https://thesilverforum.com/topic/11158-today-i-received/?do=findComment&comment=247324 During my many discussions with @Marc i told him about my affinity for Phoenix coins and he showed me one he had. From that moment i wanted it. Just loved the super design with the Phoenix and obviously the gold! I've got to learn more about the history behind it too. I think he was very reluctant to let it go, but i'm chuffed he did! Here its is, A 30 g (¥100,000) gold proof (PF70) coin commemorating The Enthronement of Emperor Akihito (Heisei). This emperor recently abdicated, the first time an emperor has done so in over 200 years. They are not rare coins, about 100,000 of them in proof, but they are very scarce outside of Japan. Now that the emperor has abdicated they probably hold a bit more historical significance! There's quite a story about the Japanese 20 g gold coin from this era, but maybe @Marc can tell that story in another post!
  11. 44 points
    With the huge ridiculous 2000 oz group order landing in the not too distant future I wanted to give an update about future group orders between now and Christmas. Also, we have an exclusive discount code to use with European Mint for 50% off shipping, continue reading to find out more! First - The future of the Group orders for 2018 This latest order is nearly 2000 oz's. It takes a lot of time to organise, process and arrange. Not to mention take delivery and package to everyone involved. When I say Mrs BYB and I are somewhat quaking in our boots at the anticipation of the work ahead of us these next two weeks it is not an understatement - putting it bluntly we are bricking it! We have also got a lot on in our personal and professional lives right now and as such we are going to have a breather from group orders - not a long one, but we need a break. Our plan is to run only one more group order between now and Christmas. We are going to open a 4 weekend long group order starting on 27th & 28th October and finishing on 17th & 18th November. The plan is that we can get things done and delivered in the first week of December. This will be the last group order of 2018. We are planning to use BOTH Goldsilver.be AND The European Mint. We know there is still demand for using GS.be because of the range of coins they have to offer. However it would be unwise to ignore the competitive prices available from the European Mint. More information on how this order will work will follow in due course. In the meantime, consider yourself warned about the next group order! EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE FROM THE EUROPEAN MINT!!!! So, that leaves a fair old gap between now and the next order. You might be wondering how you are going to buy your cheap silver without the BYB's to help! Well you still can. I have arranged an exclusive discount code with The European Mint for 50% off your ***shipping costs*** for any order of any size. This code is exclusive for Silver Forum members and as such I am not advertising this code on YouTube, just here. ******Please note that the 50% discount only applies to the base cost of shipping, you are still liable for the "VAT" or tax on the shipping costs. This code is valid immediately and will be valid until 21st October 2018. To take advantage of this offer use the following code: "TSFBYB50" You will need to add your code AFTER you have selected your shipping options for it to apply - like so: In aid of full transparency - I (BYB) do NOT collect any commission from the use of this code, it is simply something I have negotiated on the silver forum's behalf. This code can be used more than once and there is no minimum or maximum order required to use it. This shipping discount, combined with the cheaper unit prices per coin (for some coins) will actually make using EU mint cheaper than GS.be for most of your basic bullion coins, including the Queen's beast series. A massive thank you to The European Mint for offering this discount code, they did not have to do this and it shows how much they value our business! If you have any questions or would like to add anything please feel free to ask here or drop me a PM. Thank you all and enjoy your shipping discount!
  12. 41 points
    MikeG1978

    Today I Received.....

    Had these lovely sets of proof libertads turn up today 😍 possibly start of an addiction they are stunning
  13. 41 points
    Abyss

    Full Stack / Full Collection Photos

    Recently come back from India and emptied a safety deposit box in India while I was there (no longer required). Managed to bring back into UK fair amount of gold without being questioned by customs. Visited Saint James in Manchester today to deposit some items and took opportunity photograph the family entire gold stack: A lot gold held in the form of Indian jewellery I have no idea how many oz gold is in jewellery form and 18 to 22 carat gold with some items having real diamonds. Best part of the gold stack Queens Beast bullion coins. Six months stacking fortunate picked up most of the stack when spot prices much lower. Most of the jewellery purchased by my late dad when gold spot prices $250 oz. Hand poured silver by BYB adding Tetris and Puzzle set to this collection 10 oz coins have 50 of them Proof Sets Coins in capsules Rwanda Series Miscellaneous 2 oz Queens Beast Gold stack 60 oz unknown quantity gold jewellery. Silver stack 1,400 oz.
  14. 41 points
    Abyss

    Today I Received.....

    Received two packages today one from @BackyardBullion acting intermediary for the sale of 1 oz Gold Queens Beast Lion coin between @Bizzle and myself. BYB packaging as always excellent. The last 1 oz Gold Lion I was after helped me to complete stack of 10. The European Mint delivered the last shipment of 1 oz Gold Queens Beast Coins the set Bull. European Mint communication and packaging has been excellent. My stack gold now complete until next QB 1 oz Gold release. Collected 10x of each 1 oz QB Gold coin. Going into private non-banking related safety deposit box but it will be a real shame when I don't have them nearby to hand any longer.
  15. 39 points
    Sovereign

    Today I Received.....

    1oz Reverse Proof Buffalo thanks @morezone 2002 back from grading thanks @Numistacker
  16. 39 points
    Goldmick

    Today I Received.....

    My dream coin has just come. Ive wanted this for ages its a nice coin. I love it cost a bit but its a keeper for a few years. My best sovereign so far i think. Could have bought 10 sovereign.s for the price but ive done it now. So just pure bullion for a while lol.
  17. 39 points
    richatthecroft

    Today I Received.....

    Many hours of drudge and misery doing overtime, much reorganisation of my stack and lots of flipping of coins and bars have resultantly, led me to warmly receive these keepers. Thank you to all who have helped me on my way... to finally come out, as a collector!
  18. 38 points
    sg86

    Today I Received.....

    1886-M, 1887-M - The two rarest of all Shieldback sovereigns. Finally have the pair 😍👌
  19. 38 points
    mr1030

    Today I Received.....

    My latest purchase arrived from Heads or Tales, the 30 oz Minotaur. I actually purchased this 55 oz Bastet XL a few months ago, but realized I never posted pics back when I received it. And a pic of the Bastet XL with the 45 oz Anubis XL. 100 oz of silver between the two. I'm a big fan of the silver statues made by Heads or Tales. I've purchased 7 or 8 of them so far. They are pricey on a per oz silver basis, but if you can appreciate them for the artwork rather then the silver bullion value, they are fantastic, and I highly recommend them.
  20. 38 points
    CadmiumGreen

    Today I Received.....

    Finally got some time to get latest received photographed... Huge “Thanks!!” To @silverroller for a magnificent 2008 Gold Sovereign Proof to add to the modern sovereign proof collection. Also “a case of beer” from me for my first ever crypto purchase with @silverroller...a great help in working through the nuances of crypto wallets! Additionally, @silverroller included some surprise silver coins which I didn’t have in my collection...a 1944 Silver Mercury dime, an 1887 Shilling and an 1889 Florin! Top bloke @silverroller!! Adding to the Backyard Bullion collection, a couple 2019 1oz TSF bars and the No. 01, 2019 100g silver BYB Bar! Thank you @BackyardBullion and Mrs. @BackyardBullion for fantastic silver hand pours and top-notch packaging! Also, @BleyerBullion sent me the latest 2019 2 oz Silver Bleyer Poured Owl Bar in partnership with @BackyardBullion and supporting a great cause with The Barn Owl Trust! Lastly, added the latest Royal Mint 2019 A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 50p Silver Proof Piedfort.
  21. 38 points
    Shinus73

    Today I Received.....

    Been looking forward to this arrival. 2006 1/4 oz proof gold Britannia Portrait set. The 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 designs, but dated 2006, along with a standard 2006 proof. An Isle of Man Angel and Russia St. George also.
  22. 38 points
    richatthecroft

    Today I Received.....

    Gold rush. Thank you @Josh for the 2005 Half and thank you to @mouldybread for the 2017 Sovereign. The 2005 Set was a gamble, from a well known auction site- 67.98g of 22ct loveliness.
  23. 38 points
    CadmiumGreen

    Today I Received.....

    2019 Rwanda 1 oz Gold Lunar Year of the Pig BU arrived from GoldSilver.be...joining her Rwanda 1 oz gold relatives! And everything seems to arrive all at once, receiving a 2019 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s Beast Falcon of the Plantagenets BU. I think I prefer the proof’s look with the feather detail. A couple of 1988 Gold Sovereign Proofs. Didn’t have this date yet, and I think the proof St. George details from the 1980s mintages are a little more refined than the current years. And lastly some Silver...2018 2-Coin Silver 1 oz Britannia Proof/Reverse Proof Set!
  24. 38 points
    Gordon

    Full Stack / Full Collection Photos

    My proof sovereign collection 1979 to 2018
  25. 38 points
    mr-dead

    Today I Received.....

    A bit of gold porn, the bars are starting to arrive (from Canada). Due to shipping insurance limits they ship each bar individually and 2 packages at a time. I have another 2 bars due for delivery tomorrow then another 4 bars to come soon. Would be cool if I end up with 9 different mints Also got a peli case so when all the bars arrive I can pop out the foam squares to fit the bars correctly.
  26. 37 points
    FrozenMojito

    Today I Received.....

    Today (well, yesterday) I received two boxes of silver building blocks. There are six 1oz blocks in each tobacco-tin style box. They are branded Monarch Precious Metals- I have seen them mentioned on this site before. As a lifelong fan of Lego, I was slightly disappointed to discover that the silver blocks are a bit smaller than a classic 2x4 studs Lego brick, so they can't interlock with Lego, but they are fun to stack with anyway (they interlock with each other just fine) and I am sure I will never run out of ways to stack them: two 2x4 Lego bricks can be connected together in 24 ways; with three bricks there are 1060 ways; with six bricks there are 915,103,765 ways and the number of combinations of 12 bricks is (currently) incalculable. Here are a few pictures of the bricks and their discovery by Benny's Space Squad (characters from the recent Lego Movie 2) and their attempt to make off with the bricks before being caught- a tense moment ensues before everyone decides to make friends and that everything is awesome...
  27. 37 points
    richatthecroft

    Today I Received.....

    Is it possible that collecting gets any better than this? Thanks @Marc. And thank you @Tonyb959 for the Britannia set and @MikeSol for the Libs, Dimes, Dollar & Guinea
  28. 37 points
    Numistacker

    Today I bought.....

    Delighted to say that I bought this delightful coin. In 1831 there were 225 of these minted for the Proof Set.
  29. 37 points
    Numistacker

    Today I Received.....

    I haven’t been posting very much in the received thread over the last three months. I have been selling more than I have been buying in order to fund a very special purchase. Today I picked up this special purchase from BSJ auctions. PCGS have graded only 2 coins of this type. In 1825 they were no formal proof Sovereigns issued. A few were minted as proofs of record for internal or VIP use. One of these coins is in the tyrant collection - and the Other is now in my collection...
  30. 37 points
    sixgun

    Recognising a top member

    Strange but true - here is the photographic proof - the sovereign finally turned up. Ike (Quicksand005) had refunded me - so i sent his money back. He would have been out of pocket. No stealing or cheating on the silver forum.
  31. 37 points
    sg86

    Today I Received.....

    O, and someone delivered a few young heads Have an afternoon of sorting them now!
  32. 36 points
    SovTracker

    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.
  33. 36 points
    *tada*

    Today I Received.....

    Finally got a chance to buy this set from the bay... sending to PCGS for grading shortly. So excited!
  34. 36 points
    Tn21

    Today I Received.....

    Gold standard coin from richatthecroft Thank you
  35. 36 points
    silversurf

    Today I Received.....

    Freshly back from the graders, the jewels in my 2005 collection. 3 x 70 and consecutive grading numbers. Chances of it happening again, slim to say the least. Thanks @Numistacker. 😁😁😁
  36. 36 points
    JosephM

    Today I Received.....

    Got today. Thanks @MickD for panda. @morezone for caps. @ChrisSIlver & @BackyardBullion for the prize win. And Bitcoin for the gold
  37. 36 points
    Kookaburracollector

    Today I Received.....

    After what seems to have been a very long wait...my first ever sovereign has arrived.and I like it..a lot !
  38. 36 points
    StackSellRepeat

    Today I Received.....

    Ding Dong, Say hello to my comrades, Who have come all the way from Mother Russia 👏👏👏👏
  39. 36 points
    My gruffalos arrived too..They seem to be attracting the attention of another Gruffalo type creature..(My daughters African Pygmy Hedgehog)! Cheeky looking chap..
  40. 36 points
    Sparky

    Today I Received.....

    I started this collection in June last year and then had a tax rebate just before Xmas so bought the bars for my little stack from Ashimo, Stacksellrepeat and 1/4 of gold from Mick D. The rest of it was purchased from BYB and through the group orders. It is nice to be here on the silver forum, it all seems very civilised and gentlemanly so thank you all at the Silver Forum for making such a great platform for connecting us all.
  41. 36 points
    ilovesilverireallydo

    Today I Received.....

    Sold an old car, promptly spent the cash on these lot. Sadly all sent to safety deposit box now...
  42. 36 points
    Better late than never, only just had a chance to get everything together. Full gold stack, been exactly 6months, im 2 sovs shy of aprox 30oz which is my short term target. Will continue to pick up the remaining beasts and also some sovs but slowing down a lot unless theres a major dip in prices as have other projects starting soon.
  43. 35 points
    Sovereign

    Today I Received.....

    2017 5 coin proof set
  44. 35 points
    MoralHazard

    Today I Received.....

    Received my proof Libertad set from year 2006 that I bought from estate sale for melt value.
  45. 35 points
    augur

    Today I Received.....

    ... a 1975 soviet Chervonetz (Червонец) or red gold from @Quicksand005 which allows me to create a little triplet or mini date run. I now must wonder if my 1977 was one of the first struck as it has no discernible lustre or is mimicking the modern bullion sovereign look.
  46. 35 points
    augur

    Today I Received.....

    A prussian double crown in a rather impressive grade. 1888 is also the three emperor year with Wilhelm I marking the first Emperor to reign this remarkable year.
  47. 35 points
    Frenchie

    Today I Received.....

    I am really fond of South-East Asia culture and architecture. This year the Tiffany Art Serie has highligted Angkor Wat and the Khmer style. I didn't know this serie before and I decided to order this release. This is a real shock as I have never seen such a beautiful coin, way way way above everything I have seen. Thanks to the the "Smartminting" technologie, we are able to get this incredible level of details and reliefs. I have tried my best to highlight the coin and the details, but it was really chalenging as it was not with a macro lens ; I had to shoot in low light to get what I wanted. With this low light, I need a large aperture (that softened the details, and narrowed the depth of field), and higher iso to get a decent speed but creates noise... I have managed to get some macros with my phone and a special macro lens, the pictures are not good, but you can see the incredible level of details, all in a 5 cm diameter. I am hooked by this piece of art and I am pleased to share it with you. I will definitely not flip it ! Grab it at the "low price" while you can if you are interested ...it really worths it Ok, this is not a forum about photography technics so enjoy ☺️
  48. 35 points
    ilovesilverireallydo

    Today I Received.....

    Got my massive 2110gm (67.8 oz) delivery of @StackerQueen hand poured Marvel and DC Characters. I love how raw they are. All hallmarked too
  49. 35 points
    richatthecroft

    Today I Received.....

    Arrivals the other day. Another 1oz Lion of England. And also feel so lucky receiving a beautiful 1 Onza Libertad. The Winged Goddess of Liberty flanked by the two Lions. Safe and sound.
  50. 35 points
    Coins confirmed as real:) they did not use an XRF, but have highly accurate scales - they were happy to buy them outright or loan on them there and then so that's good enough for me. We have debated selling two and keeping two, but have decided that they are really nice condition and will be good to keep as coins for a rainy day fund so going to keep them all. finding 4 sovereigns on ST Georges day of all days just seems like it was meant to be. Thanks for the advice everyone, kept me sane whilst waiting!