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About SovTracker

  • Birthday 22/12/1956

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    Bridgnorth, Shropshire, UK
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    Gold Sovereign's - all mint's.

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  1. SovTracker

    Sovereign Errors, Overdates and Varieties

    The Tail on the 1920P was the first thing I noticed and as the technique for striking the coin had advanced somewhat since early Victorian times - I doubt if there should be many, if any overstamping. The 1853 however is not that unusual for the time. I've had a number with either one or two letters overstamped (misaligned same letters) or virtually the whole of one side - usually the Obverse. One from the 1860's comes to mind with the rotated RIA in VICTORIA - an example was in the Bentley collection and I have one also and I've seen a few about. I blame the Industrial Revolution.
  2. SovTracker

    Sovereign Errors, Overdates and Varieties

    There are a number of Australia Sovereign variations for the 1870's and 1880's, some listed and some not and this looks like a good spot. Shall we call it "Rounded 3" and "Dodgy 3"?
  3. SovTracker

    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    Well the results are in and I think it has proved a point in my eyes. Regarding the 2018 India Sovereign's from the same batch of coins, 20 were submitted to NGC and 20 to PCGS. NGC results 15 X MS70, 5 X MS69. PCGS result 5 X MS70, 15 X MS69. I also bought 12 coins from exactly the same batch and I would only have graded a maximum of 2 as MS70 - even those two are not perfect. Having recently bought a few of recent issue Sovereign's graded MS70 by NGC (which were no way MS70's), I no longer trust NGC on new issues - sorry but those are my findings and don't put NGC in the best light in my honest opinion.
  4. SovTracker

    Gold as a Growth Investment ? - Take Note

    It's all about timing. What about if you had bought Stocks in 1999 or 2007 just before the last 2 downturns? I'm a firm believer that gold will have a good few years if there is a downturn in the stock market, which I believe is imminent. Also I would not be buying "ordinary" gold but Numismatic Gold such as scarcer Sovereign's, some of which have more than trebled over the last 10 years or so. The chart attached is 31st December 1999 to end of 2015 and the results are quite eye opening. Conclusion - spread your investments and just because something is out of favour, don't think it will be like that forever. City people talked down Gold in 2018 and talked up Stocks. It looks to me like 2018 was the year to sell Stocks and buy Gold - only time will tell. In my view if Gold breaks through $1,365, the sky could be the limit using historical charts - again time will tell but I believe $1,800 an ounce will be broken in the next 3 years. That is just my view and should not be considered as investment advice!!
  5. SovTracker

    Sov set - real or fake?

    I looked at the listing quickly earlier. Unclear single sided picture and a seller with a only two feedback, one of them bad. The coins look cleaned anyway.
  6. SovTracker

    1937 Proof Grade Opinions

    Not sure due to scratches on Reverse. My immediate thought was PF62.
  7. 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.
  8. SovTracker

    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.
  9. SovTracker

    Today I Received.....

    And a few in PCGS Holders.....
  10. SovTracker

    Today I Received.....

    It's been a busy few months with a few nice arrivals......
  11. 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.
  12. SovTracker

    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.
  13. SovTracker

    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.
  14. SovTracker

    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!