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    boon reacted to SILVERFINGER in Mint Packaging, or Supplier Packaging?   
    Perhaps they are tamperproof packaging so that they know if something has been opened and so they can check that any returns are real/undamaged.
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    boon reacted to ZatStackz in Mint Packaging, or Supplier Packaging?   
    That's definitely dealer packaging.  Apmex also packs individual coins in similar labeled bags.
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    boon reacted to richatthecroft in Good investment or not?   
    Thank you to all who have replied/reacted to this thread, you have helped me out with my decision making here.  I bought the Half Sovereign😀. 
    Thanks to @Roy and @KevinJam as always, for sound advice and support.
    Thanks @SILVERFINGER.  I kind of changed the question to it being about my indecision, so no misunderstanding.   Your advice of not rushing in and perhaps regretting the decision was taken on board, and I took a couple of hours shut eye this afternoon before my night shift, and the rest allowed me to be more divisive.  Thank you. 
     As you say Roy, it will be a damn fine addition to my collection.  The extremely favourable counter offer of £270+ £7 special delivery postage by the eBay seller, in response to my ridiculously low initial offer will make this purchase over time, a sound decision.   Taking it down a further fiver with a Nectar voucher to £272 makes it even better😉
    I am in no doubt, that without the help of this Forum, I wouldn't be where I am now in my investment journey in such a short space of time.  
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    boon reacted to SILVERFINGER in Mint Packaging, or Supplier Packaging?   
    The way they are packaged could differ from country to country, and from dealer to dealer, one large dealer had a special on where only they sold the Tuvalu Marvel coins in superhero coloured cloth bags.
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    boon reacted to augur in Mint Packaging, or Supplier Packaging?   
    Good question, the group order came just in shrink foil, 20 together in the capsule. So this must be from a distributor rather than the mint. 
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    boon reacted to StackerNoob in Mint Packaging, or Supplier Packaging?   
    I cant be sure but I imagine that is supplier packaging. Ive had a few bars/coins come in these bags and almost always they are supplier packaging.
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    boon got a reaction from PansPurse in Coin Rings   
    Looking good indeed sir! Keep up the good work 👍
    this thread did prompt me to get one of my own sorted- bought though not built, so not as cool, but very happy 😀

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    boon reacted to PansPurse in Coin Rings   
    Last update for now, a 1935 penny I worked yesterday and today:

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    boon reacted to Goldmick in 24h le mans   
    Come on Toyota you can do it. 2 hours to go 
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    boon got a reaction from PansPurse in Coin Rings   
    Looking good indeed sir! Keep up the good work 👍
    this thread did prompt me to get one of my own sorted- bought though not built, so not as cool, but very happy 😀

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    boon reacted to PansPurse in Coin Rings   
    Quick update (video to follow... Eventually)

    It ain't perfect but for my first go I am extremely proud of this. More pictures once I've antiqued it.
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    boon got a reaction from BackyardBullion in In Focus Friday Series!   
    poor bull / bear, never gonna win  i even remembered how to log in to youtube to vote last week! I look forward to watching this weeks episode Mr BYB 
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    boon reacted to JunkBond in From little acorns   
    Thought I would update the collection info as I have had a little spending spree lately. Why Not!
    I now have all the Vic Young Head decades apart from an 1850's (soon to be added) and an 1830's (hmmm). Halves
    3 out of 5 London Mint Jubilee Head. Halves
    Edward VII full date run. Halves
    A couple of Liz II proofs. Halves
    Isle of Man 1979 Proof. Half
    Somalian Elephants 16,17,18. 1/10oz
    5 random George V. Full sov
    5 random Jubilee Head. Full sov
    2 2016 Brits. 1oz
    1oz Baird Mint bar
    The Gold Half oz or there abouts collection
    Half Krug
    Double Sov
    20 Pesos
    (Half Gold Eagle next)
    Silver, not much love I am afraid.
    A few Eagles, 2oz Griffin and a few other bits.
    Eagles are the only silver I really like but every time I think of buying some more I buy another half sov!
    Might dip my toe in the Morgan pool at some point.
    Thanks for looking.

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    boon got a reaction from BackyardBullion in In Focus Friday Series!   
    poor bull / bear, never gonna win  i even remembered how to log in to youtube to vote last week! I look forward to watching this weeks episode Mr BYB 
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    boon reacted to Paul in Why no love for Landmarks of Britain?   
    London-centric series, there is so much more to the UK than London
    Stonehenge, Wiltshire
    The Needles, Isle of Wight
    Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
    Angel of the North, Gateshead
    Millenium Bridge/Tyne Bridge, Newcastle
    White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
    Ben Nevis/Snowdon, Scotland/Wales
    Forth Bridge, Scotland
    Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
    Mr. Ali's Traditional Turkish Barbers/Heroin & Money Laundering, Bognor High Street
    to name but a few
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    boon got a reaction from PansPurse in Coin Rings   
    Yes, good advice there- and I agree, you need a drill press ideally. I've had a "cheap" bench drill (clarke, machine mart, about £40) for many years and it is still servicable so you dont need to spend a lot if it's not in constant use.
    Infact I was in LIDL the other day and i always have a quick look to see what they have in tools wise, and they had one for £29 i'm sure.
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    boon reacted to richatthecroft in Today I Received   
    The 2005 Proof Sovereign fairy left another little coin on my door mat this morning. 

    And thank you @StackSellRepeat for this shiny bar.

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    boon reacted to KDave in Nazi Silver   
    I confess I have a few Nazi coins, a denomination type set, please don't tell the government. I have studied extensively this period of history specifically Germany from 1918 and Russia from 1914 though have not taken it further than A level equivalent - it is an interesting time. These are not coins to talk about in public and as others have said Nazi - bad, Communist - good. 😗 
    It is the German coinage from 1924 onwards through to the fall of Berlin that tells the more complete story rather than just the Nazi coinage, as it has some lessons about what money is and where silver fits under a gold standard. Much more subtle than the hyperinflation of the papiermark but just as important and interesting.
    The Nazi coins tell a few subtle stories too, more social and political than economic but still interesting. They rise to power in 1933 and the coinage stays largely the same, the Weimar design is used on almost all of the coinage with the odd exception. The potsdam church 2&5 reichsmark are the only coins with a swastika, and they are small little things on the obverse. The reverse is a church and a date (just the church sometimes on the 5), not really out of keeping with the Wiemar designs, which included airships, oak trees, that kind of thing. Nothing too controversial to start with as they get their foot in the door. 
    In 1936 the Nazi's get confident and change the coinage with large swastikas on nearly every coin (not the 1 reichsmark which retains the Weimar design oddly). The designs are very attractive and display an Eagle that is much more military and aggressive looking compared to the previous imperial counterpart. It reflects the Nazi's political confidence, their designs for Germany and reflects how Germany has developed into a powerful military industrial complex. 
    From 1939 (big war time) silver coinage is no longer minted and fractional pfennigs are minted in Zinc and Aluminium as the previous base metals of copper, bronze and nickel are needed for the war effort. There are some interesting pieces among this lot, including the zinc occupation coins, which were minted specifically to pay soldiers in occupied territory. These coins could not be spent in Germany which meant the host country which the solider occupied ended up economically providing for the invading troops at no cost to Germany, quite ingenious. The fact the later coins are made from Zinc means most have corroded away and some of them are quite rare. The material makes for poor coinage, but makes for a good reflection of a failing political and military power. It reminds me somewhat of the Roman coinage which was constantly debased over centuries, only the Nazi coinage was debased to worthlessness over a much shorter period due to the mutual destruction of war. 
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    boon reacted to JunkBond in What was Your First Coin?   
    May surprise a few people but this was my first coin. Not a half sovereign  : -)  (Can't do Emoji's since the big outage of 2018)
    Still have it too.

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    boon reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in What was Your First Coin?   
    Mine was a Maria Theresa Thaler my dad had in his collection of random stuff. I liked how it looked, so researched it and that got me hooked. 
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    boon reacted to PansPurse in What was Your First Coin?   
    A 2018 silver bullion Britannia, I mean I am quite new to this 😁
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    boon reacted to richatthecroft in What was Your First Coin?   
    A 2010 Sovereign in December 2017.  Starting to think I should have left it there....😉
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    boon reacted to BackyardBullion in **JUNE 2018** Group order from GoldSilver.be   
    Welcome to the JUNE 2018 Group Order, this time from http://goldsilver.be/
    Also, if you are interested in joining this order please "follow" this thread so as and when I have updates I can more easily share them. 
    Joining this group order is at your own risk. Please make sure you read the following carefully. I (Backyard Bullion) cannot take financial responsibility for lost/damaged items that are part of this order. By joining this group order you agree to this. 
    What is the group order all about?
    This group order is a way to combine shipping costs for buying silver from Europe. We pay drastically less for our silver because we essentially do not pay VAT. I organise these orders so that people can get cheap silver but also so that I can unbox a large quantity of silver for my YouTube channel. It helps grow my social media, my BYB brand and my reputation within the community.
    Last month we used The European Mint
    This month, we are going to be swapping back to http://goldsilver.be/
    This does not mean we will never use The EU Mint again - it is most likely that we will rotate between the two throughout the year.
    It is important to note the above disclaimer and re-iterate it again. I cannot be held responsible if items are lost/damaged when arriving from http://goldsilver.be/. I have an existing account and relationship with them and have had many dealings over the last 2 years with them. By my accounts and standards they have treated me very well and I have faith that they will see us good on this order. That said I cannot guarantee this - we have all seen some of the issues with GS.be recently. 
    How will the order work?
    The way this works is simple. You will decide what you want by looking at their website http://goldsilver.be/ and send me a shopping list of what you want (preferably with hyperlinks to each item!). Please look at the items in € rather than £ if you want an accurate conversion then look on www.transferwise.com as this is what we use to pay GS.be
    Once I have your shopping list I will send you a screen dump of the basket and total on their website and then I will send you another screen dump from www.transferwise.com showing the conversion and total in £.
    You then send this via PayPal F&F or Banks transfer and as soon as I get the funds I will place the order. Your order is then locked in and confirmed, you cannot cancel after this stage. 
    When to order and pay Backyard Bullion?
    I will only be placing orders on the weekends. I will not be able to place orders mid week unless there are extenuating circumstances. This is simply because I am a busy person and organising and keeping track of these orders is difficult. Feel free to send me your shopping lists during the week but understand that I will not be able to lock it in until the weekend - this is just the way it has to be so be aware that prices may fluctuate in the run up to the weekend. I would rather do it like this than potentially forget or miss recording orders and making mistakes. 
    Deadlines & Timelines for this order
    The order will close on Sunday 17th June 2018 @ 8pm UK Time You will need to have got funds to me by then if you would like to order anything. Should there be any delays in this it will mean the group order will be delayed and I will communicate any changes out to people via this thread. 
    It is therefore likely that you will not receive your coins before the end of June at the earliest
    Because of delays in previous orders we are going to be having a couple of exemptions from this order
    1 oz silver TRAFALGAR SQUARE 2018 - Landmarks of Britain
    There will be future group orders we can pick these up!
    Shipping costs & Share of international postage. 
    International shipping for this order will be €18 which will be split between all participants of the order according to the % value of your order. You will pay for this at the "onwards postage" part of the order which happens AFTER all orders have been placed. 
    How do I get my coins from Backyard Bullion?
    You will have to pay for onwards postage and packaging from me to you. We will sort out the onwards postage and packaging once the order has been completed. Onwards shipping is at your choice and risk via Royal Mail. It is at this stage that we will sort out the share of international postage.
    Please note that anything other than Special Delivery does not provide Precious metals insurance. I (Backyard Bullion) cannot reimburse you for lost/damaged items that are not insured and therefore postage is at YOUR own risk. Please also note that I cannot reimburse anything until a successful claim has been made. 
    Here is a quick guide as to what the onwards postage costs will be. 

    Please note that the maximum that you can send via Royal Mail Special delivery for a decent price is 2kg (about 55 oz). 
    If you would like to order more than this please get in touch to discuss shipping options.  
    Is it worth it to join?
    Yes - buying silver from Europe is the single cheapest way of buying silver. Doing it as part of this group order is cheaper still. Some of their coins may be more expensive (the more collectable type coins) but certainly not by much. 
    Another reason to join the more you buy the cheaper it gets for everybody! 
    Does Backyard Bullion charge for this service?
    I do not charge for you to join this group order. But I do ask for an optional "service charge" in the form of a tip, the suggested amount is £1 per person. I will not be offended or angry if you choose not to pay the "tip" - but bear in mind that proceeds from the tip help feed Mrs BYB a slap up curry as a thank you for helping to package up all of your orders! 
    The main benefit for me is to be able to unbox a large quantity of silver for my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/backyardbullion which helps grow my channel, brand and reputation. 
    What happens in the event of an issue with delivery?
    As I said in the disclaimer at the top of this thread, I cannot be held financially responsible for the loss/damage of any items in this group order. GS.be have insurance for their parcels but I have never had to put a claim in and I do not know how likely it might be that something is refunded should it go missing in transit. There is an intrinsic risk in ordering from any international company but I am confident that we will be able to resolve anything that might happen. Please bear this in mind before joining the order. 
    Have you got any questions?
    If you have any questions or would like any more information then please don't hesitate to ask here or via PM. 
    In the meantime - get me your shopping lists!
    Backyard Bullion
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