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  1. Cheapest option would be to buy a Perth Mint dragon bar and drill a hanging hole in it....
  2. TeaTime

    £11 per oz

    Who lists an item of that weight & value with postage costs of £3.90 ? I would expect either 'free' post (added to the price) or insured post cost. Just one of the things that make me wary of so called deals on Ebay. Someone who sells PMs would know how much postage would be and someone who doesn't know or sell PMs wouldn't generally have access to kilo bars of silver.
  3. What an odd and completely random set. I think the RM must have had a lot of the £20 bullion coins (the two featured are both poor designs compared with others) and the £5 proof crowns left unsold. Some bright spark at the RM probably suggested calling them a set just to get rid of them. I can't recall the RM ever selling a half proof and half bullion 'set' of coins before. Someone collecting silver proof coins would not want the bullion ones and, equally, anyone (still) collecting the £20 bullion series would have no interest in the crowns. Bizarre.
  4. Lately the RM seem to be adding extra (in my opinion unnecessary) extra detail to the coin fields which seem to clutter the coin. I'd be tempted by this if they removed the 'clouds' and 'sunbeams' and whatever the horizontal lower field squiggles are supposed to be. Oh, and if the price were realistic. This isn't the first Brit to be issued as BU, they all used to be when the RM had a little integrity...
  5. It's been a long time since any coin had an intrinsic value higher than the declared face value. (I'm one of the mugs who bought the £50 face value Britannia coin. Silver content worth ? About £9. Still, it's a lovely design). Most mints stick a value on their silver coinage to make it 'legal tender'. In Britain the advantage to that is it becomes CGT free. The value is either based on 1950 precious metal prices * or is pretty much arbitrary. * completely made up date - don't quote me !
  6. I've bought a few copper rounds to match existing silver rounds i have. I know they're not an investment but i like to be able to handle (and sometimes fondle) them knowing i'm not going to lose any value.... I can afford the odd £1.50 here and there !
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Silver. He's too canny to collect gold...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.