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  1. It varies. Most I've bought at once is a tube.
  2. I buy a lot of Maples and generally I won't touch them if they are more than about £14/oz. I've regularly paid £13 - £13.50. The privy's and some of the more limited mintage years (97 especially) go for more.
  3. The Royal Canadian Mint loves to pump out anything and everything so this isn't a massive surprise. Collectology is making a nice premium off the top given this coin retails from source for $99.99 CAD (equivalent to £58.50 at the time of writing): https://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-prod3540017?lang=en_CA Already 74% sold apparently at the time of my post so must be some demand for this. To each their own.
  4. I agree with this completely. I think its important to like what you buy but this is definitely a trap that is easy to get caught in. One other thing I'd personally warn against is try not to hop on the bandwagon for whatever the coin or series of the day is. If I've learned anything from all the collecting as well as buying and selling I've done over the years it is that what is popular today is rarely popular tomorrow. The Queens Beasts series is one I think of here. Many people were smart to get in on those when the first coins came out but mostly I see people paying rather absurd prices to backdate a collection. Its hard to imagine those coins holding that value let alone increasing as time goes by and they spot, tarnish and collectors move on to the next thing.
  5. Knowing what I know now if I could start again but back in 2002 (ish) when I bought my first coins - I'd buy as much gold as possible. My first purchases weren't terrible though mostly centring around old Canadian silver content Voyageur dollars since that was (and still is) the coin I like the most. No regrets over buying those.
  6. Another very happy recipient here. Top notch packing as always - as someone who sends out a fair amount of parcels I'm quite jealous of brown paper wrapping - skills beyond me As ever thanks for all you do Mr and Mrs BYB!
  7. I had plans on buying a house this year but early on in the year I made the decision to wait. I only know the markets in the area I live and the area that I am planning on moving to. The area I live in is highly desirable and upmarket - catchment area for top rated schools, picturesque village location, close to major cities and no shortage of high end job opportunities, etc, etc. Up to about a year or so ago it was rare for any properties that came available to be available long - most never made it to an active listings and those that did usually sold above asking price. In the last year that has changed. There are houses that have been available now for 6+ months - a variety of large, small, old builds, handful of new builds - a good mix. None of them are selling. Asking prices were lowered but still no movement. In the area I am looking to move to - it is less desirable in a market where the local economy isn't ideal. There are less opportunities - less jobs available and those that are don't generally pay well. The area is known for summer tourism and is absolutely beautiful. Houses and properties here are sensibly priced. I have noticed no change in house values and sales in this location. When decent properties come up for sale they disappear as quickly as they ever did and values haven't lowered. You can make of the above what you will - just some observations from someone who is currently paying attention to those two markets.
  8. I'm a Canadian who is resident in the UK so I do regularly travel back to Canada to visit family and friends. Whenever there I usually visit the coin stores and pick some items up. You are allowed to bring back goods to a certain value tax free - I think off the top of my head it is something like £370. If you bring in more value than this (and it is real value as opposed to coin face value) then you are liable to declare it and pay the tax that would incur. This rule is set for coming back from any country outside the EU so it would be the same if one were to fly to the US. Items mailed in to the UK would almost certainly get hit with the 20% tax plus a handling fee on top - the couriers and the Royal Mail have to get their cut. The 20% VAT is only applied to silver - gold is free of tax here. There is no tax on either silver or gold in Canada. The main way we have around it at the moment is buying from one of the European dealers that don't charge VAT. I did a comparison some months back and found I could actually buy a tube of silver 1oz Maples from the European Mint for cheaper than it would cost from the main dealer I visit in Toronto (Canadian PMX) or from Apmex. I have no idea if that is still true today but the price should still be at least around the same. A lot of us choose to order our silver via @BackyardBullion's group orders as ordering from the European Mint that way saves a bit on shipping. I do my best to buy in line with what things cost across the Atlantic. If I can't find something I want at a competitive price I either don't buy it or wait until I am flying over next time. Obviously not everyone here will be visiting either Canada or the US regularly so most will either have to pay more or just not bother. If Brexit resulted in us no longer being able to order from places like the European Mint then I'd be done with stacking silver in the UK. There is just no point when you have to start by paying the premium plus 20% tax on top.
  9. Junk silver I feel is becoming harder and harder to get at a decent price (at least here in the UK). US coins in particular usually seem way over priced. For a long while I've been padding out my stack with old Canadian silver content coins but the last ones I bought were months ago as those too now seem to have attracted more buyers. I am sure there are still deals to be had but it very much seems like a lot of people have jumped on the junk silver band wagon and as such prices are becoming unattractive.
  10. The problem with coin stores in the UK is the 20% VAT on silver (for me, anyway). There is actually a fairly prominent coin shop just a few miles from me and I do enjoy browsing their inventory whenever I am in town but aside from general supplies (and perhaps gold if I were buying more of that) I wouldn't buy any coins from them. The costs of physically doing business in the UK (having a shop) are extortionate and when you combine that with how uncompetitively silver is priced in the UK due to the 20% VAT it is no real surprise that there aren't more shops. I do very much enjoy browsing and buying from the dealers as well as coin shows whenever I travel to Canada. Like most places south of the border Toronto has no shortage of main dealer locations as well as some good sized regular shows. I wish the same could be available here in the UK but I can't see it ever happening given how different the market is here.
  11. Yeah they are lovely dogs. So loyal and protective yet the softest things when amongst their humans. Mine is currently squidged up on the sofa beside me sound asleep and of course snoring.
  12. I'll buy any silver that is attractively priced - big or small.
  13. I genuinely do not see how you don't count it in the same bracket as fiat. It is decentralised but its value is still entirely based upon make-believe.
  14. I agree which is exactly why I think the powers that be will eventually move against it. They can't have that. The vast majority of the population will use whatever is quick and convenient.