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Martlet

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    Martlet got a reaction from Shaunbarry in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    For anyone concerns about Transferwise or Revolut, can say they are both easy to use and useful if ever wanting currency transfers for other purposes.  Transferwise is easier for me as its PC browser based, better UI, and you can fast payment from debit card for about £1 added fee - no waiting a day for bank transfers to the account.  
    On subject of European Mint, some feedback if you can encourage them to expand their selection, particular the Rwandan series and Libertad are noticably missing. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from firestacker in I made a huge mistake - assay test failure!   
    I dont follow why it couldn't be marked at lower purity?  Presumably it failed a test for "this is 24 ct gold", but would have passed "this 22ct" and could have gone on for the drilling test.  I see in comments that its closed now, I suppose the question is why this wasn't explored further, or go into more detail on the assay process?
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    Martlet got a reaction from jonrms in I made a huge mistake - assay test failure!   
    Following with the sentiment above, i dont think it detracts from the brilliance of the bar either way.
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    Martlet got a reaction from BackyardBullion in I made a huge mistake - assay test failure!   
    Following with the sentiment above, i dont think it detracts from the brilliance of the bar either way.
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    Martlet got a reaction from Pipers in I made a huge mistake - assay test failure!   
    I dont follow why it couldn't be marked at lower purity?  Presumably it failed a test for "this is 24 ct gold", but would have passed "this 22ct" and could have gone on for the drilling test.  I see in comments that its closed now, I suppose the question is why this wasn't explored further, or go into more detail on the assay process?
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    Martlet got a reaction from kimchi in I made a huge mistake - assay test failure!   
    I dont follow why it couldn't be marked at lower purity?  Presumably it failed a test for "this is 24 ct gold", but would have passed "this 22ct" and could have gone on for the drilling test.  I see in comments that its closed now, I suppose the question is why this wasn't explored further, or go into more detail on the assay process?
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    Martlet reacted to savoyard in Wiki leaks founder arrested   
    The fact that the only people left to defend Assange are:
    - Russia
    - The Alt Right, and
    - Diane Abbott
    tell the whole story.
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    Martlet reacted to DarkChameleon in Safe model - More gold, less silver?   
    Take all your silver and melt it down and then make it into a safe, then keep your gold inside the silver safe...a thief's head would explode when they saw it...lol.
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    Martlet reacted to trozau in Safe model - More gold, less silver?   
    Recommend just keeping gold inside the safe. Silver has too big a footprint for its price to volume ratio to warrant being kept in the safe. Use them as door stoppers (LOL).
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    Martlet reacted to SiliconToad in Selling Silver & Gold as a hobby or a trade - it really matters so take heed!   
    Sort of interesting that there is even an option to sell precious metals for a profit without paying any kind of tax on the sale in the UK. That actually makes silver/gold a reasonable vehicle for long term saving if you can minimize the front-loaded tax. 
    Here in the States, profits from gold, silver bullion coins or even US "junk" coins have to be reported for capital gains tax. Doesn't seem to apply across the pond, but US gains tax always made me wonder why heavy stackers are so convinced that precious metals "preserve wealth" as Uncle Sam takes 20+% of the un-adjusted dollar profits from the buy/sell spread, and that's even if silver prices don't keep up with inflation at a given sell point.  Sure, small-time stuff can go under the radar if one is less than scrupulous, but the folks trying to divest a life-time of stacking in their golden years are going to raise flags. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from augur in Wiki leaks founder arrested   
    Normally you have to be in a country's jurisdiction for the offence to stand.  Also he'll claim first amendment anyway, he didnt obtain the material anyway, just published.  I recall a very long learned article from US lawyers on this, i was left with the impression a case wouldnt make it to court let alone an application for extradition.  Upto until now theres been no warrant only threats of one, so i dont know what changed. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from StackSellRepeat in Wiki leaks founder arrested   
    Normally you have to be in a country's jurisdiction for the offence to stand.  Also he'll claim first amendment anyway, he didnt obtain the material anyway, just published.  I recall a very long learned article from US lawyers on this, i was left with the impression a case wouldnt make it to court let alone an application for extradition.  Upto until now theres been no warrant only threats of one, so i dont know what changed. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from StackSellRepeat in Wiki leaks founder arrested   
    Silly really, holing up like this for 9 years and in the end upsetting the Ecuadorians to the point they kick you out.  Disappointed the US have requested extradition as best punishment they could give him would be to ignore him.  Not clear how he could stand trial there anyway as never committed offence in the US, so interesting to see how this plays out. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from ssharktu17 in Best way to sell silver in bulk   
    That's a lot to shift, spending lots of time splitting, recording, packaging.  I'd be looking for a dealer to take it in one go or at least advise on auctions or may be sale by consignment.  Might not get 100% the value but consider how much do you value your time? 
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    Martlet reacted to *tada* in 1989-2017 Special Reverse Design Gold Proof Sovereign collection   
    At long last I’ve completed the collection and successfully convinced PCGS to create a set registry to acknowledge this more and more popular collecting trend. I had a lot of fun finding each of these coins and enjoy the beauty they are. My personal favorite are all the five pound coins.
    My completed set with TrueView can be seen here:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset/186655
    Gallery with comments here:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/british-gold/british-gold-specialty-sets/great-britain-elizabeth-ii-sovereign-reverse-design-set-proof-1989-2017/imagegallery/186655
    This gold proof set contains 1989, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2017 and includes the five sovereign, double sovereign, sovereign, half sovereign and from 2012 the quarter sovereign. I hope you like the set and also I hope this registry helps you locate the coins in PCGS census! Here’s a quick description from the Royal Mint:

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    Martlet reacted to HelpingHands in Money vs Currency vs Tender   
    If you have a vintage monopoly set then they might be worth a lot of money.
    That means your monopoly money will have held its value better than fiat money.
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    Martlet reacted to HelpingHands in Money vs Currency vs Tender   
    Here you go
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21145103
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    Martlet got a reaction from Zhorro in Why are new 50p pieces so popular?   
    Personally I dont like the two tone and that has put me off buying some designs I like.  May be a factor for others, the general buzz around 50p is high though and creates an interest and market.
    It is something to consider if the £2 will be the better pick very long term (generations), with low mintage and low interest. 
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    Martlet got a reaction from nazarkovn in Good & Bad news from Mr & Mrs Backyard Bullion   
    Benefit is claiming back VAT on equipment, supplies, new computer so on.  
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    Martlet got a reaction from SILVERFINGER in How did he/she not die after that   
    Sorry,  trying to deal with irony overload... dog walkers complaining about humans pooing in fields??? 
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    Martlet got a reaction from AlphaBeast in How did he/she not die after that   
    Sorry,  trying to deal with irony overload... dog walkers complaining about humans pooing in fields??? 
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    Martlet got a reaction from Bullionbilly in How did he/she not die after that   
    Sorry,  trying to deal with irony overload... dog walkers complaining about humans pooing in fields??? 
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    Martlet got a reaction from BackyardBullion in Good & Bad news from Mr & Mrs Backyard Bullion   
    Benefit is claiming back VAT on equipment, supplies, new computer so on.  
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    Martlet reacted to Pete in Son wants to start investing   
    Yes that's the beauty of this and I do it every year for my wife who isn't a tax payer.
    Each tax year - you can do this now for 2018/19 and after April 5th repeat for 2019/20 so don't loose out this tax year with only a few days remaining.
    You can start one of these for a child on the day they are born and as they are non tax payers you are effectively gaining up to £720 per year as a gift from the government.
    There is no catch only that the money is locked into a SIPP until age 55 ( at the moment anyhow ).
    For each pound you put into your SIPP the government adds 25 % to a maximum from you of £2,880.
    If you put £2,880 into the SIPP it will be increased to £3,600 automatically.
    It takes a couple of months depending on timing as there are set periods.
    That's a gift of £720 for NOTHING.
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    Martlet got a reaction from Alex in House prices post Brexit fallout?   
    If we leave with no deal, there would be a fall in the economy and probably a recession, so i'd expect a house price correction. 10, 20, 35% who knows, its just models given assumptions and best/worst case report as people see fit. 
    There would also be recession across EU as a consequence, so the likelihood of this is less than some deal being arranged.