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  1. FoolzGold

    Yale of Beaufort - Queen's Beasts

    This was always going to be a challenging design given the nature of the beast (so to speak). Personally I think the end result is pretty unattractive as a coin if only because the creature itself is pretty hideous. I'll get one for completeness at least but not for aesthetics. That said, the least attractive coin in a series will often undersell and end up being worth more long-term due to supply and demand as people in future try to put together sets. BTW here's the gold version: https://www.lpm.hk/2019-1-oz-uk-the-queen-s-beasts-the-yale-of-beaufort-9999-gold-bullion-coin.html
  2. FoolzGold

    2019 1 oz silver Simpsons

    I must admit the donut looks great but the pricing is pretty sky high. Might pick up a bullion Homer but it's disappointing they're going to do a run of proof characters instead of BUs.
  3. I am offering a mint boxed unopened example of the legendary Perth Mint Back to the Future 30th anniversary 1oz silver proof coin set. This was released in 2015 in a limited edition of 7,500 and sold out on the day of release. The coin itself is 1oz proof silver (Tuvalu). It is presented with a superb scale model of the Back to the Future DeLorean, complete with lighting effects. Price: 149 Euros (or £130). Shipping at cost to Europe (inc UK) 17 Euros (£15). For reference, an example of this set was sold on eBay.co.uk by The London Coin Company last week for £239.95.
  4. FoolzGold

    Griffin Higher Priced than the Lion

    It would certainly be interesting to see how the later sales hold up against the earlier versions. I'm sure there's some fatigue that sets in as some buyers lose interest over such a long series. However, I also think there are quite a few new collectors that have discovered this series part way through its 5 year run and who will be readily buying the later issues but struggling to back-fill the older versions. In terms of rarity these are clearly bullion coins but they do have a semi-numismatic appeal. The Kookaburra is a bullion coin but despite being minted in 500,000 examples and being an unlimited run (over the years) they're still considered to have some numismatic value.
  5. FoolzGold

    Griffin Higher Priced than the Lion

    In terms of designs it's not clear how much that has affected demand/sales. Personally I like the lion, but I like the griffin and dragon even more as coins, and the falcon is not far behind (particularly seen in person). I'm less keen on the unicorn but it's not bad looking. The bull is the only one I really don't much like and would only buy to complete a set. I would also note that the upcoming Yale is going to be a serious challenge for the designers...
  6. FoolzGold

    Griffin Higher Priced than the Lion

    As posted above by jultorsk (and then subsequently ignore by everyone else?) the clue is in the mintages. There are nearly twice as many Gold 1oz Lions out there as Griffins, Dragons, and probably of the subsequent coins too. In silver 2oz it's more like 30 to 40% more Lions vs Griffins or Dragons but that still makes it a far more common coin. For anyone looking to put together a complete set of either gold or silver the Lions are going to be the most readily available. Supply vs demand means there's no reason the common-all-garden Lions should retain a higher premium in the long run. I can't really comment on how many coins have been minted after the Dragon as we don't have the completed figures although partial sales looked similar to the Griffin and Dragon. @jultorsk
  7. FoolzGold

    Hello, I'm new here.

    It might also be worth your while considering some of the semi-numismatic products out there, with the Queen's Beasts series being an obvious standout. The margin on the latest 2oz bullion coin in the QB series (the falcon) is 20.1% vs 18.2% for the 2019 Britannia. Not a huge difference and the QB is a beautiful coin. However, you do need to consider how you might eventually resell the coins. If you're going to sell to a dealer who will only pay you spot whatever you give them then you're better off going for the lowest margin. However, it should be possible to sell a QB coin for more (perhaps much more) than spot in the future if you don't go the dealer route.
  8. Indeed, no changes for the last 67 years versus 5 changes of monarch in the 51 years from 1901 to 1952 inclusive. Back then they were a dime a dozen. 👑👑👑👑👑
  9. Out of interest, what happens to Royal Mint bullion coinage in the event of the death of a monarch? The Queen's beasts series is scheduled to carry on to September 2020 when the Queen will be 94. Now I wish her no ill will, and she shows no sign of keeling over any time soon, but just for the sake of argument lets say she has the Duke of Edinburgh drive her to the local Aldi and the worst happens... 🚙🔃💥 For bullion coins still being minted in the current year - e.g. the 2019 QB Falcon - presumably they would be obliged to switch the obverse design for a new one with King Charles and continue minting with those for the remainder of the year, meaning there would be two versions of the QB Falcon with different obverses. Presumably this might also apply to a second coin still being produced in the same year - e.g. today the 2018 Bull is still theoretically being minted up until March of this year. If they sold the existing stock of QEII Bull coins would they be obliged to mint further coins with King Charles's head until the end of the 1 year production deadline? I'm the first to admit I know nothing about this, so I'd be interested to hear from the experts.
  10. Once all animals have been officially used up they'll have to move on to microbes. 2020 E. Coli, 2021 Ebola... endless possibilities. 😉
  11. FoolzGold

    Sold all my gold, got stung

    Good advice, but even if you want to, who can forget The Hurd?
  12. FoolzGold

    Sovereigns or Britannia’s

    I would say if you're buying under an ounce sovereigns are a better bet due to the ease of selling. If your budget stretches to an ounce I'd have to recommend looking at the Queen's Beasts series rather than a Britannia. No matter when you sell it a 1oz Britannia is onl;y really going to fetch spot at best but any of the QB coins are likely to fetch a premium after the first year. Indeed at least at this stage the earlier out of production coins are selling for well over spot and this is likely to remain the case for the next few years as the series continues. It's difficult to say how these coins will be selling in 25 years but at worst they will do at least as well as Britannias.
  13. FoolzGold

    Sold all my gold, got stung

    Sorry, miscalculated. Not used to looking at GBP prices. 😕
  14. FoolzGold

    Sold all my gold, got stung

    So that's the two dragons being sold at 14% over spot. The lion is going to go for over 20% and the 2 griffins probably more like 30%+ over spot.
  15. FoolzGold

    Sold all my gold, got stung

    Dear Classic Car forum, 20 months ago I bought a nice vintage Jaguar based on the advice I got on this forum. This morning when I woke up I saw a headline in the paper that said, "Vintage Car Market Down 5% (but Jaguars up strongly)" so what with Brexit and everything, I jumped in my motor and raced to the nearest scrap metal merchant to sell the car. The proprietor said to me, "Mate, are you sure you want to sell this for scrap? You know I'm only going to take it to a vintage car auction and sell it for a fortune, right?" To which I replied, "My good man, I have no time for your questions and advice! Brexit, man! Brexit!" So he gave me 50 quid and I'm glad I got out of this terrible classic car market when I did. I may buy again, but only if the price of all vintage cars falls by 50%.