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AppleZippoandMetronome

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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Abyss in How has the Silver Forum changed your buying habits/ collecting of precious metals and coinage   
    The biggest thing would be general education. When I first registered I spent ages just searching the forums and soaking up an endless amount of information. At the point I registered I had just been getting back in to silver and coins in general after a long break where I was focused on other things. A lot has changed and it was nice reading about all the bullion releases as well as other general releases I wasn't aware of. It was also very nice reading about UK coins in general since all I really knew were Canadian coins. I have learned about and bought a number of items I probably wouldn't have ever got around to because of what I have read and learned about here including everyone's favourite - Sovereigns.
    The other big thing has been learning the ways to get cheap silver in the UK. Joining in group orders and placing some of my own orders from European dealers as well as buying silver directly from members here. At the time I joined most of the pieces I was adding in to my collection / stack were eBay bargains which as anyone who spends enough time on there knows are rare. Well rare for genuine coins anyway.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from dunmac in How has the Silver Forum changed your buying habits/ collecting of precious metals and coinage   
    The biggest thing would be general education. When I first registered I spent ages just searching the forums and soaking up an endless amount of information. At the point I registered I had just been getting back in to silver and coins in general after a long break where I was focused on other things. A lot has changed and it was nice reading about all the bullion releases as well as other general releases I wasn't aware of. It was also very nice reading about UK coins in general since all I really knew were Canadian coins. I have learned about and bought a number of items I probably wouldn't have ever got around to because of what I have read and learned about here including everyone's favourite - Sovereigns.
    The other big thing has been learning the ways to get cheap silver in the UK. Joining in group orders and placing some of my own orders from European dealers as well as buying silver directly from members here. At the time I joined most of the pieces I was adding in to my collection / stack were eBay bargains which as anyone who spends enough time on there knows are rare. Well rare for genuine coins anyway.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to DavePanda in 5oz panda   
    ... and it is soooooo bad it is sad, even none experienced coin buyers should see how horrible this coin is, Chinese Pandas are stunning, not like this common and abysmal effort fake....
    I knew that wouldnt be short and sweet, however squeezed this comment in at half time in the Manchester derby 😁😁
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to caloundracats in Whom would you trust to keep your silver and gold?   
    Just be sure @AppleZippoandMetronome to make sure you remember where's  your stack is buried. Suggest you write down some clue that only you or yours would understand. Also it would be advisable to be able to provide the clues/ information in your will. Plan for the unexpected - you never know....
    I myself have taken this step and advised a trusted relative (beneficiary) of my assets in the event of my unexpected early demise.
     
     
     
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Rugbyplayer in Pricing help   
    I can only agree with what has been said above. Further I challenge the "limited" nature of these coins. These are coins that have been minted in the millions - they aren't rare. A secondary company or person is trying to claim them as limited because they have taken some time to colourise 500 or so of them - this could be replicated and faked over and over again because there are literally millions of the base maples or queens beasts out there.
    I see nothing wrong with buying coins like this if the design really speaks to you and you want something to display. Otherwise I'd advise staying well away from them especially at that price.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Gildeon in Whom would you trust to keep your silver and gold?   
    It also has to do with the place you leave. I am fortunate enough to be in a place with low chance of burglary and very low of someone getting in while you're there. So highest risk is when we're away. I have a small deposit box keeping some gold there and filling it as much as I can during vacations. 
    As for home it's a combination of alarm system, home safe and insurance. Not gone in any paper assets at the moment but I may consider it in the future. 
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to dunmac in Fake silver eagle from eBay.   
    Sorry to bring up this old thread, but I didn't really want to start a new one just for this. 
    I had doubts about three of the ASEs I'd bough via eBay a while back. I had completely forgotten about them until I found them again recently. They looked right, had the right dimensions and weight. What I found doubtful about them was the ping test. They didn't seem quite right compared to other ASEs I was sure were genuine. Now, I'd never done a specific gravity test before, so thought I'd give it a go for the first time today.
    I did the test on the three doubtful coins along with a coin that I was sure was genuine. Anyway, happy to report that the results for all the coins were close enough. 10.46 for the coin I knew was genuine, and 10.45, 10.41 and 10.49 for the coins I'd had doubts about. So, I'm pretty happy about that.
    That just leaves me with a 1oz generic bar that I know is definitely fake. I bought it in my early staking days, about 10 years ago, and it was a bit too late to do anything about it when I discovered it was fake.
    My view with eBay is that it can be a decent place to pick up stuff, as long as you are super careful. I still bid on the odd item, but only in the hope of getting a reasonable bargain. Stay away from the "too good to be true" kind of bargains.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Fastnick in Fake Krugerrands or Just Low Gold Content?   
    Certainly alarming especially given the South African mint's silence on the subject. Good on Chards for discovering this and releasing it
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Serendipity in Fake Krugerrands or Just Low Gold Content?   
    Fake Krugerrands or just low gold content? Chards has discovered a major gold discrepancy in one of the world’s most recognised and trusted bullion coins - the South African 1oz gold Krugerrand. The 22 carat gold coin was found to contain nearly 2% less gold than it should have. The coin should be 916.66 parts per thousand gold, so why is it showing as 901 parts per thousand? https://www.chards.co.uk/blog/krugerrand-gold-content/507
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Frost in Any decent car related coins, bars etc   
    These Canadian $20 Transportation Coin Series are nice https://www.coinsunlimited.ca/canadian-proof-bu-commemorative-coins/canadian-coins-20-dollar/canadian-coins-20-dollar-transportation-series
     



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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Gildeon in Byzantine Silver Coin   
    Since there is some talk about ancient coins, I decided to put one of mine for sale. Some may have seen it in one of the @Numistacker videos.
    It is a silver Hexagram from the Heraclius I reign, I think the heaviest Byzantine silver coin. There is an interesting story about these: In a nutshell Heraclius desperately needed money to fund his war against the Persians, so he took (or given) all the silver that could be gathered from the Church and with it minted these coins. The Byzantines and Persians fought for many years and when finally a piece was achieved, the rising Arabs came and totally conquered the Persian Empire and took about half of the Byzantine one (Syria and Egypt basically).  In this coin Heraclius is depicted with his first born son, a common practice of the time, in order to establish the next emperor and ensure smooth succession to the throne.
    The asking price is 80€ plus postage, which is very competitive, as these coins go for more uncertified and the certification itself is not cheap for the Ancient tier.
     


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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Fastnick in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    It is on the consideration list. Next month if not this month. Depends how some ebay auctions go
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Tn21 in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    It is on the consideration list. Next month if not this month. Depends how some ebay auctions go
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to DonkeyKong in Today I Received.....   
    Received my 1st Tube of Brits this morning along with the 2oz Yale of beaufort coin, thanks to Mr & Mrs @BackyardBullion for the great service as always.

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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to zeusss4 in Today I Received.....   
    Many thanks to @BackyardBullion for some group order goodies. Some Yale’s and a unicorn 
    Also thanks to @arshimo2012 for this stunning 10oz from the Perth mint 

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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Stu66 in Today I Received.....   
    I got these today, Nice little set of Ukraine silver banknotes, 9 in all. Can anyone tell me anything about them , they are 7.78g or 1/4 ounce. I have seen the equivalent 4 ounce ones but nothing on these.

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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Downs523 in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    Order placed. Was smooth and easy enough
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from BackyardBullion in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    Order placed. Was smooth and easy enough
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to BackyardBullion in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    Once per month there will be a shipment regardless of weight. 
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to BackyardBullion in New European Mint Group Orders - OPEN NOW!!!   
    We are very happy to announce that we have finally gotten to a place where the European Mint Group Orders are able to move forward!
    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY AS THE WORKINGS OF THE "GROUP ORDER" HAVE CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY
    Big changes to the way group orders work
    To comply with the new VAT responsibilities facing all things Backyard Bullion we have had to change the way that group orders run. 
    We hope that what we can offer is still a worthwhile service for some people. That said, we know that these changes will not suit all and we are sorry for that. Please respect our decisions to run things the way they need to run to protect ourselves as a business. 
    The biggest change is that you will no longer place orders with me (Backyard Bullion). Orders will be placed directly with The European Mint and then "Vaulted" with them. When certain thresholds (mainly weight) are met, parcels will be shipped - or, at the end of each month.
    This change does take away one of the benefits of the old orders - having to pay the EU mint directly via IBAN transfer. Doing this is not as difficult as you might expect and we are happy to help and guide people through that process if needed. 
    Do these changes mean less savings on group orders?
    Fundamentally the savings will be the same. The only issue is that of payment directly to the European Mint. 
    International shipping will still be 1.2% of your order. So for an order of 50 oz of silver you would have been paying €48 to EU Mint directly. With this order you would pay about €9 in international shipping and (with special delivery) £13 for onwards postage, meaning about a £20+ saving overall. 
    How do you pay the EU Mint directly!?
    It is actually not that complicated. I use a transfer service called Transferwise and I would be more than happy to guide you through the process of payment. You can also pay the EU mint via PayPal - although there is a 4% charge for this. You can also pay using your own bank (but my advice would be to avoid this because of the charges and poor exchange rates). 
    If you want help getting payment to the EU Mint please feel free to get in touch. 
    The new order of play....
    How the new group orders will work?
    This is a general summary of how a group order will work:
    1) You place an order with the European Mint directly.
    2) During the checkout process you will need to apply the following code "BYBGROUPORDER" This code gives you a massive €0.01 discount on your order - but more importantly allows the EU mint to identify group order orders. 
    3) Select the "Add orders to storage" option on the shipping section. 

    4) Message me here on the forum (or via email to info@backyardbullion.com) with your order summary (ideally a copy of your invoice). 
    5) We (Backyard Bullion) then will offer a free service of arranging delivery of your items. We will instruct the courier to pick up your order(s), deliver them to us and we will then distribute like we have with previous group orders. 
    6) This service is FREE. This means that I do not have to charge you VAT on the shipping costs. However we will, of course, still have to bill you for shipping. The courier costs from the EU Mint to us will be the same rate as before (1.2% of the order value) and will be passed on to you as a disbursement cost. The UK postage will be the same as previous group orders and I will cover those in more detail later in this thread.  
    So that is basically how these group orders will run!
    NO MORE WEEKEND ONLY ORDERS!!
    One of the perks of this new arrangement is that we are no longer bound by weekend only orders. You can place your orders any time with the EU mint directly. 
    What can I order and does it include Pre-order items?
    You can order anything on the EU Mint website. However, you may notice that the European Mint have a significant number of items that seem "in stock" but are in fact pre-order. These items are usually sourced to order by the EU mint and as such take about 2-3 weeks to arrive with them. So, feel free to order these items but be aware that your entire order cannot be delivered to me and subsequently to you until those orders have been received by the EU Mint. 
    Monthly deliveries & weight thresholds
    The way we envisage these orders working is that at the end of each month we will have a dispatch of all orders which can be fulfilled. So, if you place an order for pre-order items you may have to wait until the end of the following month for your orders. This could be as much as a 6 week wait. You have been warned. 
    However, we will also be shipping items that are ready to go if/when certain weight/value thresholds are met. This will allow us to get orders out sooner and not have 60kg+ parcels to process!
    So there are no deadlines to order, you can order whenever you want. We (EU Mint) and I will keep you all as updated as possible about estimates for delivery of your order(s)
    General Terms and Conditions
    1) I (Backyard Bullion) cannot take financial responsibility for lost/damaged items that are part of this group order.
    2) You agree that I (Backyard Bullion) will act as an agent on your behalf to arrange and pay for a courier to pick up your orders. 
    3) Backyard Bullion can only dispatch your order upon successful delivery from the European Mint and only upon payment of a separate postage invoice.
    4) Any loss or damaged item claims will be initiated and managed by me (Backyard Bullion) and any payouts for claims can only be made upon the successful payout from said claim. Backyard Bullion cannot be held financially responsible for any unsuccessful claims.
    5) You are liable for any and all taxes/import duties that may be applied to your order for your home country of delivery. 
    Delivery from me to you
    This part is essentially identical to previous group orders. 
    How do I get my coins from Backyard Bullion?
    We will send you an invoice which will include the cost of your share of international postage (1.2% of your orders value) and your options for postage from us to you. 
    Here is a quick guide as to what the onwards postage costs will be - this is subject to change where appropriate and is meant to give you a guide as to the costs of postage only. 
     
    Please note that the maximum that you can send via Royal Mail Special delivery for a decent price is 2kg (about 55 oz). 
    If you would like to order more than this please get in touch to discuss shipping options.  
    ****Please also note that there is NO PRECIOUS METALS INSURANCE on any royal mail service other than Special Delivery****
    What happens in the event of an issue with delivery?
    We (Backyard Bullion) cannot be held financially responsible for the loss/damage of any items in this group order. The European Mint has insurance for their parcels but I have never had to put a claim in and I do not know how likely it might be that something is refunded should it go missing in transit. There is an intrinsic risk in ordering from any international company but I am confident that we will be able to resolve anything that might happen. Please bear this in mind before joining the order. 
    It is important to note the above terms and conditions and re-iterate that joining this order is at YOUR OWN RISK. I cannot be held responsible if items are lost/damaged when arriving from the European Mint.
    Should there be any issues I will of course endeavour to work with the dealer to solve them, but I cannot guarantee a resolution. 
    Delivery from me to you is of a postage method of your choosing. As I have mentioned above there is no precious metals insurance for anything other than Royal Mail Special Delivery. In the event an order is missing or damaged any insurance claims will be made by me (Backyard Bullion) and refunds can only be paid upon successful completion and payout from Royal Mail. In the event that a claim by Royal Mail is denied I cannot be held financially responsible.
    OUR SERVICE IS FREE - THIS MEANS NOT VAT!!!
    It is important to re-iterate that the service that we (Backyard Bullion) are offering is completely free. 
    This means we will not have to charge you VAT on your shipping costs.
    You are more than welcome to make a community donation at any time if you see fit - just let us know if you want to. Any community donations will go a long way to buying a slap up takeaway for Mrs BYB every month!
    However, the best way you can support us would be via our Hand Poured Silver.
    We still have 1 oz Silver Forum Bars available!

    Have you got any questions?
    If you have any questions or would like any more information then please don't hesitate to ask here or via PM. 
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from jonrms in We are sorry....Group Orders are no more blame VAT registration!!!   
    Its this and feeling like being part of something that was the main attraction for me. Once you are ordering 30 or so ounces and paying for Special Delivery the savings in postage are negligible but what made it fun was seeing the ridiculous amount all together and knowing you were a part of that. It was a really good way to feel a part of the community as well from a newbie perspective. I like many others found the Silver Forum from BYB's videos and joined so that I could be a part of the group order. Knowing I was a part of that really made it easy to feel welcome here.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from Derv in Brexit status ...   
    Agree completely and for the majority of those people I suspect their mind was already made up as to whether they were going to vote leave or not. Failing to mention the situation with Greece really bothered me though as I thought it would be a good way to get votes from others who were undecided. At the time it felt like a lost opportunity.
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    AppleZippoandMetronome reacted to Pipers in Brexit status ...   
    I voted Leave because the EU is run by and for big corporations, plus the way the EU treated Grease, Cyprus etc was disgusting.  It is true the MEPs do not make rules they just ratify them.  Remember Turkey's do not vote for Christmas.  
    My political views are probably  more left wing than most on here, though its obvious unless you are a Neo liberal you would want OUT of the EU.  Why would anyone want big business to rule over every decision and big business make up all the laws to suit them selves. 
    Right across the political spectrum if you believe in democracy the EU is just WRONG. Thats the thing with democracy you can have a Government you strongly disagree  with, yes even Corbyn but if he is elected then he should Govern.  he probably wouldn't be that bad because the rest of the labour party wouldn't let him pass law on most of his socialist ideas , maybe nationalise the utilities at most. Same with the right wing of the Conseratives they probably bring in more free market ideas but  again they would be stopped by the rest of the Tory party if they decided to privatised the NHS. 
    Back to the EU, IN my view it started off many years ago as an excellent idea as a free trade area common market.  Common Market Cheap food for the people, easy trade for companies between the member countries, then it went wrong.  The EU resembles more of a corporate Fascist superstate now, another reason to leave.
    We were given a vote the uk voted to leave the EU, its easy we just leave.  Remember its the EU who are being awkward.  The Irish boarder can stay the same as far as the UK is concerned, its the EU being awkward and the EU who will break the Good Friday agreement not the UK or the Irish. 
    The UK population are being nudged by the media constantly, the media are part of the problem.  If you sit back you can see the media are behaving similar to George Orwell's Ministry of Truth.  We are at the point now where it is nearly accepted that a uk wide democratic vote  is being totally ignored.  The population are being washed into believing only bad things will happen if we carry out the will of the people. (Edit) The media are peddling.  An alternative will have to be found or we will have another vote to get the right result.  
    We must not let the politicians con the population into having another vote.                   
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    AppleZippoandMetronome got a reaction from BackyardBullion in We are sorry....Group Orders are no more blame VAT registration!!!   
    Its this and feeling like being part of something that was the main attraction for me. Once you are ordering 30 or so ounces and paying for Special Delivery the savings in postage are negligible but what made it fun was seeing the ridiculous amount all together and knowing you were a part of that. It was a really good way to feel a part of the community as well from a newbie perspective. I like many others found the Silver Forum from BYB's videos and joined so that I could be a part of the group order. Knowing I was a part of that really made it easy to feel welcome here.