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  1. I bought quite a few RM silver proofs at a numismatic auction a while back and none of the COAs were numbered. I think the RM only issue numbered certificates to very limited mintages. Probably under 1500 or so. 7,500 would be considered a relatively high number as a silver proof.
  2. I've had proof coins before that had been cleaned (from Ebay no less) and the fine hairlines were all over the coin. I've never seen marks like those - they almost look like stress fracture marks - restricted to just the plain fields. Odd. You have to remember that a coin described as 'proof' numismatically is no guarantee of the grade. Technically it's just a term to describe the minting process.
  3. It would be ironic if your Maple is fake and all the Lunars are real.... Your statement that a DeWalt 18v hammer drill won't drill it is meaningless. Hammer drills won't drill through anything - the drill BIT is what counts, not the drill. To be honest OP it sounds like you are having a bad day. Maybe lay off the coins until you can test them with a recognised method that doesn't involve destroying them. I sincerely hope that your coins are silver. Good luck.
  4. Really ? Every other £20 coin in this series was sold for £20. Since the last general release the price of silver has dropped and yet RM are now charging £25 for what is a half ounce bullion coin. I forgave them for the very shady way they reneged on the £20 face value debacle but blatant price gouging is one step too many for me. The £20 series was supposed to be (ie adverised as) a collector coin with changing designs and now RM, either out of laziness or sheer greed, has decided to release exactly the same design as previously but with a 25% mark up. They should be ashamed.
  5. Silver. He's too canny to collect gold...
  6. A very old friend of mine washes all his bullion coins with mild detergent upon receipt before encapsulating them - to date he has never had milk spotting. I can only summise that it's nothing to do with the silver as such but must be related to chemicals on the coin either from the minting process or from the mint wash (or lack of). Personally, coming to silver stacking from a numismatic background, i'm not that fussed by milk spotting.
  7. TeaTime

    Selling back

    During the last boom i sold off 90% of my silver bullion coins on ebay. I was listing Maples, Brits and ASE at £40 'buy it now' and i couldn't list them fast enough. Literally the coins were selling within 30 minutes of going live. Two years previously i was buying the same coins for less than a tenner each at auction. There's a lot of sheep out there.