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  1. ChardLizzie

    2018 Proof Sovereign Collection - Back in Stock

    No, delivery is on top. Sorry.
  2. ChardLizzie

    2018 Proof Sovereign Collection - Back in Stock

    Definitely not Mint returns. We had agreed the extra allocation at the beginning of the year but have only brought them out of storage now. No duds here:)
  3. The 2018 Proof Sovereign Collection is back in stock - limited stock. Five Coin Sovereign Set https://www.chards.co.uk/2018-five-coin-sovereign-set-gold-proof/2976 Three Coin Premium Set https://www.chards.co.uk/2018-three-coin-sovereign-set-premium-gold-proof/2962 Full Sovereign https://www.chards.co.uk/2018-gold-sovereign-proof-coin/3054 Half Sovereign https://www.chards.co.uk/2018-gold-half-sovereign-elizabeth-ii-proof/3158~ Quarter Sovereign https://www.chards.co.uk/2018-gold-quarter-sovereign-elizabeth-ii-proof/2960
  4. Great opportunity to buy a 1918 George V Bombay mint sovereign and save £100 on our usual price. Graded VF, this is limited to one coin per person at this price. Other grades available.
  5. ChardLizzie

    Newb Question - Old Sovs Vs New Sovs

    This is from Lawrence - there are lots of comments in the thread so I've put his comments in bold: Lizzie asked for advice regarding a comment on this thread (the post was actually about a fake, but that was a tangent from the original post). My answers are usually not quick short ones unless they are to say "read this page I created previously", with an appropriate link. Since I/we created our first website in 1998, I preferred to answer FAQs with a definitive information/opinion page rather, and point the enquirer to the page rather than give brief answers to individual questions; this has worked well, and over 90% of the questions we still get asked have already been answered years ago. However some of these older pages are getting harder to find, and situations evolve over time. It looks like I need to start work on a new info page, but as I no longer work 12 hours a day, it might have to wait, meanwhile... New Coins - Perfect condition - not necessarily, even if you buy new RM proofs! - Potentially less risk of fakes as I've typically been buying from mainstream dealers - We have seen QEII fakes, see our blog 1958 Counterfeit Gold Sovereign - A Fascinating Fake but they are not as common as with older coins. It is unusual for us to see fake Elizabeth II sovereigns, so it was interesting to examine this specimen closely. - Typically come capsuled or in a RM Blister - not always, but surely the coin itself is more important. - Relatively low mintage compared to older dates. May or may not be a factor in the future. If coins are made for collectors they are likely to have a low mintage compared with coins made for circulation. 124,050 makes 1841 a low mintage, rare sovereign , yet 100,000 for 2002 makes it very common and cheap by comparison, yet it is a lower mintage. - Look horrible, like copper pennies. Agreed, old sovereigns, pre-QEII used to have a small but important silver content. The marketing people at the RM don't know this; some years ago I spotted some misinformation about this on one of their publications (I have been looking for a copy of it), stating that gold sovereigns were traditionally made from red gold. They are wrong. Get what is at a decent price. - Agreed. Old Coins - Potentially Cheaper/Less premium (HGM) We have written a blog about the pros and cons which you may find useful New v Old Sovereigns - Which Are The Best Buy? - Something different to look at in the stack - Agreed, it becomes a decision of pure investment versus collecting, yes will generally pay more to pick and get something different, but you should get more pleasure at little extra cost. Each year we have a guess at what will be on the new sovereign for the next year. Read our blog about Britain's most popular gold coin and see if you agree. - Lots of collectable coins Agreed, you may need to accept more wear and lower grades, but you get the same gold content, and a real coin which was made for circulation, not something churned out for collectors or investors. - Lots of history you can research and keep you interested - Agreed - Lots of options to get you into collecting them, different mints, different monarchs - Agreed - They actually look like gold, even the bashed up ones look nice compared to the brand new shiny penny horrible welsh mint sovereigns - in my opinion! - Agreed - Lots of history you can research and keep you interested - Agreed, invest some time in reading something like The Gold Sovereign Book In this blog The Gold Bullion Market Since 1964 we discuss an overview of British gold coin & bullion dealers including banks since 1964. Because the High Street banks would only sell new sovereigns (probably because they would lack the expertise to buy back old sovereigns), with the effect that new (QEII) ones went to a premium over old ones. I have not heard anyone say the likes of Atkinsons or Chard have sold a dud. Chard does a video on fake sovereigns. - Sure, but I am not infallible, the 1958 linked above got past me on the way in, thank goodness we re-checked it before it went out. We only lost a few pounds on it, not 50 years of reputation. These people are dealing with more sovereigns than we have had hot dinners. - Over 1,000 a day sometimes. Get them from one of the main dealers. As far as i know they have testing equipment. - Yes, but none of us should need it or have to rely on it, although since we bought our Niton tester, I will admit to getting a little lazy. It does mean a staff member can test something quickly and easily, but it does not guarantee a coin is genuine, some fakes have too much gold content. Not all dealers will have an XRF machine, the Niton is priced at £13,500 plus VAT, and needs expensive periodic servicing, some of the components are consumables, which are also expensive to replace (think about £3,500 plus VAT for an X-Ray sensor!). Even so, an XRF is not idiot-proof, some random results can occur, and you need to learn how to interpret some of the alloy analysis. When hand checking sovereigns, it is possible to manage close to 1,000 per hour, depending what sampling time you set on an XRF, you might get through about 20 per hour. Their reputation is on the line. - Correct, 1887 Jubilee £2 and £5s almost give me nightmares, ever since the infamous Lebanese / Harry Stock / Manchester fakes entered the market in the 1970s. Can you tell me,is it as big a problem as everyone fears? do you see a large number of fakes? Yes, we see fake sovereigns and other coins most days. Its not struck central on the planchet and is thicker than normal and weighs 3.98g Genuine coins can be mis-struck, but it should always be a warning sign; 3.98 is the incorrect weight, it should be 3.99+, especially as it looks uncirculated therefore should be full weight, but how accurate are your scales? (we often use a diamond carat balance and multiply by 5). Thicker planchet sounds bad, usually indicates lower gold content, but in this case, may have a thicker raised edge because of the off-centre strike. It is difficult to photograph coins in such a way that makes it easy to differentiate between genuine and fake, except for the most obvious fakes. The photo of the 2 edges appears to show a difference in the number of serrations, it would have been good to have taken photos of the edge serrations, and counted them (this is much easier from a photo than trying to do it directly with a coin.) it would be interesting to know the SD of this coin. - SD??? (Lawrence wasn't sure what SD means). Hope this helps. Let me know if Lawrence has missed anything out.
  6. It didn't take a rocket scientist (which I'm not)
  7. Probably, could be many months though.
  8. ChardLizzie

    2018 proof Sovereign - 65th coronation "crown privy"

    Ha, yes, it was a given
  9. We don't tend to stock the new SOTD sovs unless the premium is low enough for us to offer a good deal to the customer. We've only had a couple of enquiries about them so we will probably wait until we are offered them on the secondary market.
  10. ChardLizzie


    Thank you for your feedback. Our answer may not appease everyone on the forum but we have been selling secondary market bullion sovereigns this way for over 50 years. However, we are aware that as transactions have moved from ordering over the telephone where we can advise the customer before they place their order - to online transactions, we may have diluted our process. Secondary market bullion sovereigns are our cheapest investment sovereigns which may not always be available for immediate dispatch. We have updated our website to clearly inform whether your order is available for immediate dispatch. If you order more sovereigns than that are currently in stock, you are informed during checkout that these coins will be sourced on the secondary market. You are also updated on a regular basis as to the current status of your order. This process offers customers the opportunity to fix the price when the live gold price suits their requirements. If customers could only order when the secondary market sovereigns are in stock, they may miss out on a low gold price. Whether gold goes up or down, we honour the price that the gold was fixed at. If at any time a customer wishes to sell the coins we will buy them back at the current live price. In this instance, the reason for the delay is due to a very large order which we are fulfilling. This has resulted in a backlog of orders sitting behind it, some of which are small quantities. We would not normally use this as an excuse as all of our customers are important and would not like to deem one to be favoured more than another. Whilst we are currently paying 100% for bullion sovereigns, there has been a slow down on customers selling sovereigns to us in the last couple of months, although this could change at any time. We have been established for over 50 years and have huge resources of bullion and collectable coins. We believe in owning physical bullion as the most secure way to protect your wealth which is why we have over 5,000 bullion products available for immediate dispatch and you are welcome to visit our showroom without an appointment. We are continuously reviewing our processes and appreciate the comments here as they help us to improve our service to you. If you have read the above and you still have further questions, please call us on 01253 343081 and we will be happy to answer them.
  11. ChardLizzie

    The Five Queen's Portraits - Poll

    Oops sorry @westminstrel we love a question that gets us all talking
  12. ChardLizzie

    The Five Queen's Portraits - Poll

    Rochelle has suggested it might be a cross as it appears after F:D: (Fidei defensor - defender of the faith). Also as she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, maybe the cross relates to the flag of England and the Church of England? You've started something @PansPurse
  13. ChardLizzie

    The Five Queen's Portraits - Poll

    Her earlobe on the fifth portrait is definitely longer than expected. If this is what happens as you get older I'm starting to worry.
  14. ChardLizzie

    The Five Queen's Portraits - Poll

    Will ask Lawrence if he knows.
  15. ChardLizzie

    The Five Queen's Portraits - Poll

    Not one of the big 5, but my favourite is the Thomas Humphrey Paget portrait used on the 1965 Isle of Man commemorative issue here https://www.chards.co.uk/1965-isle-of-man-200th-anniversary-revestment-act-coin-set/1490 I much prefer the old style of portraits, some of the modern ones look almost cartoonish when translated from the design to the coin.