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    Paul reacted to MickD in 20 PCGS MS70/MS69 ASEs   
    12 PCGS MS 70 ASEs and 8 MS 69.  Mixed years as per photos.
    Imperfect mainly due to red spotting/staining/toning - whatever you call it, some of it is hard to see.  2009 MS69 has milking and one of the 2011 MS70s has some chips out of the case.
    Haven't been tested in any way.
    Asking £440   £420   £400   £380 posted UKSD for them all.
    Thanks for looking.
    Mick
     
     

     
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    Paul got a reaction from arcglide in Royal Mint Experience Review   
    2017 less 200 years gets us to 1817
    The immediate origins of both the image and legend of St George the Dragon Slayer lie in Near Eastern survivals of Graeco-Roman culture where the hero/victor image of a mounted lancer was widely used on coins and reliefs and was also employed as an imperial sign of power.
    The attachment to the cult of the Christian martyr, the third-century military commander George of Cappadocia, was a direct result of the First Crusade: the vision of St George joining in the Battle of Antioch in 1098, recorded by William of Malmesbury in Gesta Regum, established a vigorous cult of St George among the crusading knights, with the shrine of the saint at Lydda – situated in the area held in Greek mythology as the location where hero Perseus rescued Princess Andromeda from an evil sea serpent – becoming a place of special veneration for them.
    By the thirteenth century St George the Dragon Slayer had gained the red cross of a crusader as part of his iconography and, representing the victory of good over evil, became one of medieval Europe’s greatest legends. In England, he became the national patron saint, and the chivalric cult of St George culminated in the Order of the Garter founded, in 1348, by Edward III with its official sanctuary in the Chapel of St George at Windsor Castle, and with its insignia containing the badge or jewel of St George slaying the dragon.
    St George and the Gold Sovereign St George slaying the dragon was the chosen subject for the new gold sovereign that made its debut in the late summer of 1817. Destined to become one of the world’s best-loved coin designs, it was created by the Italian gem engraver Benedetto Pistrucci who had come to London in 1815 and whose subsequent association with the Royal Mint brought about something of a golden era in numismatic art.
    St Geaorge and the dragon sovereign sketch founded on a style inspired by classical Greece, Pistrucci’s approach to the design represented a refreshing departure from previous gold coins whose style had been traditionally heraldic. It seems he may have found inspiration in the magnificent Elgin Marbles, the beautiful marble carvings that Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, brought to England in the early 1800s.
    The ornamental frieze originally decorated the Parthenon in Athens and displayed some 400 human figures and 200 animals that seemed to be taking part in a lively procession. The horsemen provide a wonderful impression of movement, their face and body expressions conveying a sense of skill and confidence, as they easily keep their horses under firm control.
    Pistrucci’s St George is strongly reminiscent of these marble relief sculptures, his horse adopting an aggressive attitude towards the wounded dragon yet effortlessly kept in check by his master. His design of a naked Greek horseman mounted on a Parthenon-style horse is, indeed, one of great classic beauty and many would still agree with Humphrey Sutherland who, in his book Art in Coinage (1955) declared it one of the noblest innovations in English coin design from 1800 to the present day. To the delight of collectors, artists and historians, it continues on the gold sovereign to this very day.
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    Paul got a reaction from AuricGoldfinger in Selling Silver & Gold as a hobby or a trade - it really matters so take heed!   
    Forum hearsay, web links and personal opinions is not how you deal with your personal tax affairs
    The fee a VERY GOOD professional accountant charges you will ALWAYS be far less than savings he/she's skills gets for you or they ain't doing their job right 
    CGT is such a misunderstood thing, i would guess 98% of UK folk here on forum wont EVER have to have any worry of it, ever, it is based on the profits you make, between what you buy and what you sell at.  Buy at £19 sell at £20 - £1 is your CGT 
    Making a £1 profit, you have an allowance of £12k next year to use.  Whoever is sat on 12,000oz (aka nearly £240,000 of silver @ £20oz) they HAVE to sell at a +£1 profit is lacking vision how to liquidate their stack. CGT is based across all investments of course, stocks, shares, interest, dividends, profits etc
    wife/spouse CGT yearly allowances (sell x12000 oz this year and x12,000 next year) 'colourful gifts" to family/friends, buried/hidden booty for years to come, left in safe deposit for your estate when you're gone, anon paypal/ebay accounts (aspkins.com) to get rid via ebay in various countries, cash for gold buyers, local auctioneers, forum swaps from silver to gold, facebook collectors groups, personal meets, coin fair over counter dealer sales, gumtree/spock/local FB groups = face to face sales, USA travel to dispose at pawn shops, ID not required selling small amounts per deal in UK to name but just a few things
    Let your creative mind run riot.....................
     
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    Paul reacted to ChrisSIlver in Trade Section - old topics automatically closed   
    Trade topics without a reply in for over 45 days are now automatically marked as closed, a message is added to the topic to let the user know that the topic is now marked as closed, and if the item is for sale to please re-list. (message does not bump topic) and the topic is locked.

    This means that old topics which are no longer for sale will be show as closed, allowing members to easily search only active listings by clicking on the relevant tags, e.g. for sale, to see all current items for sale.

    Future improvement in the trade section will also see a "mark as complete" button for members to easily marked their sold and completed listings.
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    Paul got a reaction from JunkBond in Gold – Silver Ratio reaches 26-year high   
    In comparison, if you are holding physical silver and gold, the GSR is much much smaller in 'real' terms
     
    x1 'Best Value/Random' 1oz Gold Britannia from Bullion By Post = £1,026
    x1 'Best Value/Random' 1oz Silver Britannia from Bullion By Post  inc VAT = £19.32
    Actual  GSR 1 :  53.10 !!!
     
    Current Spot Gold £976.54
    Current Spot Silver : £11.42
    GSR 1 :  85.51
     
    Unless you are paper trading in high volumes or buying VAT free silver by the monster box, the GSR is really not that relevant for average Joe Public collectors/stackers here on forum
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    Paul got a reaction from Abyss in Portfolio Diversification   
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    Paul got a reaction from Toshunya86 in Precious metals/stack Excel spreadsheet - do you need one?   
    Offer of help 
     
    If anyone out there is not to savvy with excel for a spreadsheets of their stack i would like to extend help.
    if all your stack is in a little black book and you want to come into the modern age, i can help you
     
    Although i am not at software engineer standard at MS excel i have managed to cobble together a half decent spreadsheet to track your stack.
     
    Over the past few years, it has certainly took me a few hours to perfect it, as i have added various bells and totally unnecessary whistles like colour co-ordination
     
    Features:
    Total invested Current stack value Current profit/loss in stack GSR breakdown % breakdown of stack allocation Price per (g) per item Price per (oz) Mean average costs of stack (DCA) Mean price (g) Mean price per (oz) Dates of purchase Item description Basically everything at a glance where your stack is, nice to experiment if gold/silver goes to the moon what your stack will be worth in fiat £'s
     
     
    If anybody wants it i am happy to email it through to you for the princely sum of  £FREE, gratis, zero, nothing, ziltch, nadda
     
    All i ask for is a 'like' and a 'small thanks or comment' follow up post in this thread
     
    Just drop me a private message (PM) with your email address and i will send it through to you
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    Paul got a reaction from arshimo2012 in Where should I start?   
    @nummum  i've been stacking over 10 years now, got caught up in the silver buying bug and myself and several others here are very underwater and still nowhere near a profit we expected/wished for/didnt come from the web/youtube silver pumpers out there
    In hindsight, i just wish i had stacked gold from day one now, one major benefit is the margin spread you pay between buy and sell is so much lower with gold than silver.
    also gold takes a lot less room up
    once you get over x500 of silver it is cumbersome and takes up major room
    Over my stacking journey, I have sold gold coins for profit, have raised the odd grand when i needs some funds.
    Always easy to add a sovereign to the stack each month and forget about it.  the pension fund you can dip in and out of as required.
    Plus, you know the the fractions of a gram what you stack is always at.  Look at spot its £1000, you know you have x100 oz gold = your sat on £100k
    i like sovereign / quarter oz size easy to liquidate via web/forum sales. folk will risk £200 but wont part with £1k so easily
    also who harm in just reading reading and reading. more knowledge you learn the more you have less chance to make the mistakes we have all made jumping in with both feet when an early eager beaver
    also no harm in getting one of every small gold coins in the early days so you have an idea for designs, mint, packing etc
    pick silver up where you can from good forum sellers when at very good price through likes of  @StackSellRepeat @arshimo2012
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    Paul got a reaction from Fastnick in Where should I start?   
    @nummum  i've been stacking over 10 years now, got caught up in the silver buying bug and myself and several others here are very underwater and still nowhere near a profit we expected/wished for/didnt come from the web/youtube silver pumpers out there
    In hindsight, i just wish i had stacked gold from day one now, one major benefit is the margin spread you pay between buy and sell is so much lower with gold than silver.
    also gold takes a lot less room up
    once you get over x500 of silver it is cumbersome and takes up major room
    Over my stacking journey, I have sold gold coins for profit, have raised the odd grand when i needs some funds.
    Always easy to add a sovereign to the stack each month and forget about it.  the pension fund you can dip in and out of as required.
    Plus, you know the the fractions of a gram what you stack is always at.  Look at spot its £1000, you know you have x100 oz gold = your sat on £100k
    i like sovereign / quarter oz size easy to liquidate via web/forum sales. folk will risk £200 but wont part with £1k so easily
    also who harm in just reading reading and reading. more knowledge you learn the more you have less chance to make the mistakes we have all made jumping in with both feet when an early eager beaver
    also no harm in getting one of every small gold coins in the early days so you have an idea for designs, mint, packing etc
    pick silver up where you can from good forum sellers when at very good price through likes of  @StackSellRepeat @arshimo2012
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    Paul got a reaction from nummum in Where should I start?   
    @nummum  i've been stacking over 10 years now, got caught up in the silver buying bug and myself and several others here are very underwater and still nowhere near a profit we expected/wished for/didnt come from the web/youtube silver pumpers out there
    In hindsight, i just wish i had stacked gold from day one now, one major benefit is the margin spread you pay between buy and sell is so much lower with gold than silver.
    also gold takes a lot less room up
    once you get over x500 of silver it is cumbersome and takes up major room
    Over my stacking journey, I have sold gold coins for profit, have raised the odd grand when i needs some funds.
    Always easy to add a sovereign to the stack each month and forget about it.  the pension fund you can dip in and out of as required.
    Plus, you know the the fractions of a gram what you stack is always at.  Look at spot its £1000, you know you have x100 oz gold = your sat on £100k
    i like sovereign / quarter oz size easy to liquidate via web/forum sales. folk will risk £200 but wont part with £1k so easily
    also who harm in just reading reading and reading. more knowledge you learn the more you have less chance to make the mistakes we have all made jumping in with both feet when an early eager beaver
    also no harm in getting one of every small gold coins in the early days so you have an idea for designs, mint, packing etc
    pick silver up where you can from good forum sellers when at very good price through likes of  @StackSellRepeat @arshimo2012
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    Paul got a reaction from StackSellRepeat in Where should I start?   
    @nummum  i've been stacking over 10 years now, got caught up in the silver buying bug and myself and several others here are very underwater and still nowhere near a profit we expected/wished for/didnt come from the web/youtube silver pumpers out there
    In hindsight, i just wish i had stacked gold from day one now, one major benefit is the margin spread you pay between buy and sell is so much lower with gold than silver.
    also gold takes a lot less room up
    once you get over x500 of silver it is cumbersome and takes up major room
    Over my stacking journey, I have sold gold coins for profit, have raised the odd grand when i needs some funds.
    Always easy to add a sovereign to the stack each month and forget about it.  the pension fund you can dip in and out of as required.
    Plus, you know the the fractions of a gram what you stack is always at.  Look at spot its £1000, you know you have x100 oz gold = your sat on £100k
    i like sovereign / quarter oz size easy to liquidate via web/forum sales. folk will risk £200 but wont part with £1k so easily
    also who harm in just reading reading and reading. more knowledge you learn the more you have less chance to make the mistakes we have all made jumping in with both feet when an early eager beaver
    also no harm in getting one of every small gold coins in the early days so you have an idea for designs, mint, packing etc
    pick silver up where you can from good forum sellers when at very good price through likes of  @StackSellRepeat @arshimo2012
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    Paul reacted to nummum in Where should I start?   
    This is another Gold post - Thanks so much for taking the time to reply Paul. That's a real eye-opener.
     Most of you seem to agree that there's lots of downsides to silver. I don't think I'm going to take the risk...for now at least.
    Will most probably follow your advice and go for Gold.
    Small gold coins in the early days might be the most prudent idea. 
     
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    Paul got a reaction from Goldmick in Where should I start?   
    @nummum  i've been stacking over 10 years now, got caught up in the silver buying bug and myself and several others here are very underwater and still nowhere near a profit we expected/wished for/didnt come from the web/youtube silver pumpers out there
    In hindsight, i just wish i had stacked gold from day one now, one major benefit is the margin spread you pay between buy and sell is so much lower with gold than silver.
    also gold takes a lot less room up
    once you get over x500 of silver it is cumbersome and takes up major room
    Over my stacking journey, I have sold gold coins for profit, have raised the odd grand when i needs some funds.
    Always easy to add a sovereign to the stack each month and forget about it.  the pension fund you can dip in and out of as required.
    Plus, you know the the fractions of a gram what you stack is always at.  Look at spot its £1000, you know you have x100 oz gold = your sat on £100k
    i like sovereign / quarter oz size easy to liquidate via web/forum sales. folk will risk £200 but wont part with £1k so easily
    also who harm in just reading reading and reading. more knowledge you learn the more you have less chance to make the mistakes we have all made jumping in with both feet when an early eager beaver
    also no harm in getting one of every small gold coins in the early days so you have an idea for designs, mint, packing etc
    pick silver up where you can from good forum sellers when at very good price through likes of  @StackSellRepeat @arshimo2012