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  1. SovTracker

    2018 India Gold Sovereign

    India Sovereign Mintage s. I thought you might like these official numbers I got from a contact at The Royal Mint. Sovereign 2013 69,950 2014 64,500 2015 55,000 2016 40,000 Half-sovereign 2014 62,000 On the Silver Forum @westmintrel had kindly posted similar numbers except for the 2013i. The reason was that 60,000 where minted in Certicard's and the balance sent to NGC for gifting to dignitaries at the launch in 2013i and labelled up by NGC as GEM UNCIRCULATED. I understand that the number above is the correct one, not the 90k+ previously shown elsewhere and after talking with @westminstrel we came to the same conclusion about the 2013i and NGC's involvement. I actually spoke to one of the production team at PAMP when the coins were first struck and he confirmed the initial figure of 50,000 to be put in Certicard's. About 2 months later that figure rose to 60,000 due to demand. I'm told that 2018 could be the lowest mintage yet as interest is waining a little and it isn't as popular as it was in India. I'm told the 2017 mintage numbers won't be available until next year. I hope that helps anyone who is interested.
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    Today I Received.....

    The ones I listed are all purchased from various Auction's, Fair's and Dealer's. They were all purchased "Slabbed". Striving to upgrade my collection and finding good "raw" coins is not so easy. Bought a few "raw" from the Baldwins Auction - Wander Collection and we will see how they grade. It's getting more difficult to get good quality coins at the right price - still managing to fill a few gaps though. I would say that 80% of my "keepers" plus are graded now. I only grade decent or extremely rare coins. I'll put up a few pictures when I get time.
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    Today I Received.....

    And a few in PCGS Holders.....
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    Today I Received.....

    It's been a busy few months with a few nice arrivals......
  5. SovTracker

    2018 India Gold Sovereign

    I would agree to some extent but having gone through a right rigmarole to get my hands on some there aren't too many of these coins west of Dubai. I paid a premium to the dealer because I couldn't pay "cash", then there where FedEx charges - not cheap fully insured - then the dreaded Import VAT, although we quoted the correct codes. I too spoke to UKBullion a few weeks ago and they were struggling to get them at last year's price due to tax changes and charges. The 2013 India Sovereign was the "mass" produced one with 69,950 minted. Each year subsequent to this has seen the mintage reduce. Apart from the 2013 and 2014 India Sovereign, try and buy the last 3 years! How easy is it to but a UK Bullion Sovereign from 2015,16 and 17? Here are a few pictures.
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    2018 Canadian sovereigns!

    These are not "Sovereign's" IMHO. Unfortunately the Mint couldn't get the sole rights to using the name exclusively. These look more like commemorative coins and the fact that HM Queen Elizabeth's head does not feature is a big giveaway.
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    Gold Import- Paying/ Claiming back the VAT

    Did you request your sender put the CPC Code 40 00 073 on the Customs Label? If you check the shipping label it normally says "Full Description of Goods" - In your case you should have requested the sender to declare "Investment Grade Gold Half Onza" if there isn't a "TARIC Code, Tariff Code, Harmonisation Code or CPC Code" box on the form you put the CPC Code 40 00 073 in the Full Description Box also. You give the coin weight, cost and total value as appropriate and the currecy, say $ USD. If the cost of the coin is over 180% of spot gold, VAT is due. Gold coins minted after 1800 must be over 0.90 fineness, Legal Tender in the Country of origin and the purchase price of the coin must be below 180% of gold spot. VAT should be 5% but I've known 20% charged. It also helps if the Seller puts the Invoice in the external Customs plastic wallet and declares the CPC Code and other Full Details there. It is the buyer's and sender's responsibility to quote the correct codes. I always tell the Seller what I want on the Customs Form. When I made a successful claim against a Customs charge to HMRC using form BOR286, I had to prove that the correct codes had been declared. It took about 8 to 10 weeks for me to get my money back - but I got it. HMRC tend to have a policy of charge and you prove they've made a mistake. If the Customs Form hasn't got all the details, you can't expect HMRC to quess what is applicable. Just because it's on one of their exempt lists isn't enough. Regards Parcelforce invoicing later for the charge that's exactly the same as FedEx. The reason they give is if someone pays for an "Express Service", they get it through Customs in minutes but you get invoiced later when Customs confirm the charge to FedEx or Parcelforce, 7 days or so later. If you just send the bill back and say "tough I've got my goods" - expect to get chased for the money and they will take legal action and it could put a "black mark" on your credit rating. Customs Labels are there for a reason and it's a bit like Tax Self Assessment - the onus is on US to fill out the forms correctly. Sorry for the "War and Peace" but buying from Overseas comes with certain problems but I hope my comments help you and others in the future.
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    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    You often get very close, very slightly raised parallel lines from the blanks. These do not appear to be such marks and you would see them in pretty much all of the "fields". The Canada 1910 is not an easy coin to find in better than AU58. I thought mine was a MS61, both PCGS and NGC gave it an AU58. Take NGC for example, the most common grade is AU58 - 32 coins are graded AU58 and only 34 coins grade better than that. So unusually, AU58 appears to be the benchmark on this coin. Funny how some coins catch you out!
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    THE NEXT QUEENS BEAST (I DONT LIKE IT)

    Are you collecting the Proofs or the Bullion - seems like the Bullion offer better value than the Proofs?
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    2018 Piedfort Sovereign Design

    If the date your referring to is on the outer box with a Bar Code, I queried it a few weeks ago with The Mint as one of my two Sapphire Jubilee SotD was dated 1 day after the SotD. They told me it was the packaging date and not the packaging date. Sometimes they have the coins and not the packaging and not the coins so shows out of stock - also vice versa except for SotD which they tell me MUST be Minted on the actual day. Also the Certificate numbers are a joke - you can get the first coin of the "press" and get a high number or number 1000 could be Cert No 1 - quality control heh.
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    2018 Piedfort Sovereign Design

    As an update, as of yesterday afternoon The Mint had sold just over 300 Piedfort and 500 Prince George. Neither appear to be smash hits and the Piedfort looks like it could be a disaster - not unexpected IMHO. The Mint are just producing too much and need to stop these silly - "we've sold out on this in one day" marketing ploys when the 2018 Piedfort is entirely different to the "first ever 2017 Piedfort Sovereign". Am I right in thinking that looking at this coin it looks exactly the same as the 2018 Proof Sovereign - it's just twice the thickness? If so why buy it - other than there's twice the Gold - at an inflated price based on Spot.
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    2018 Piedfort Sovereign Design

    I personally think The Mint might have shot themselves in the foot with this one and the George SOTD but I might be wrong. A mintage figure of 1,500 would have been about right in my eyes but I'm not sure this one will even be a one month sell out - just my gut feeling after two quick fire SOTD's. I think The Mint are bleeding the Sovereign to death and it might come back to haunt them. Hell hath no fury like a Sovereign collector scorned ....... Why pay £500 for a BU SOTD with 750 minted that will probably stagnate like 85% of SOTD's, when you can buy a nice slabbed Queen Victoria Sovereign MS63 for under £500 where good condition numbers are measured in 10's not 750 and the coin is over 117 years old already. £800 (Piedfort price) will buy you certainly an 1860's MS62 or MS63 - probably 10 or 20 graded this high and 150 years old. This new issue lark is getting out of hand IMHO.
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    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Well I don't want to get anyone excited but my Mechanical Error I sent back via the Heritage submissions has been corrected and in the last 24 hours the Sovereign count has gone up by a few more than I sent in - but I might just be dreaming!! SovTracker
  14. "632 so quite late in the production run" My understanding from The Mint is that they produce all the coins and then they are sent for inspection and boxing. Inspection is a bit hit and miss I'm afraid!! The Certificate Number bears no relation to when it was stamped. So 632 could be coin number 001.