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  1. I was told the exact same thing by my local post office in here in the states. I had a coin ready to ship back to The Royal Mint and they told me that I could spend the money to send it only to have it be returned to me because of some regulation that prohibits shipping silver, gold and platinum coins to the entire U.K. Needless to say I am at a loss for words as to why they don't allow it and it has changed the way I will order in the future.
  2. Congrats Stacker2020; she's a gorgeous piece of proof silver and it never hurts to have a low numbered COA as well. My Una came in the mail earlier this week and looks great. This one will be staying in my collection long term and can't wait to see what's next in this series.
  3. I'm starting to wonder where my silver Una is at the moment. Ordered it on the 25th of Nov., Royal Mint sent an e-mail on the 29th saying it had been received by The Royal Mail being readied for shipping and nothing further and here it is the 14th of Dec. I live in the U.S. so I wonder if I should contact the mint to get a trace on the tracking number or what. Very frustrating.
  4. Well it's sold out a couple of times and then went back up for sale as it is now; I'm praying mine makes its 5000 mile journey still securely in the capsule and not have to return it. That is always a hassle sending coins back to the mint.
  5. I just read the article, and no I don't think it was a harsh sentence. I'm not totally up to speed on British law (I live in the U.S.) but if I'm not mistaken doesn't a portion of the appraised value go to the finders of the treasure and a portion to the land owner? I remember a story a while back from National Geographic of a similar find somewhere in an English pasture where it was split 50/50?
  6. Well after looking at the mintage of this particular presentation (25,000) I will wait until the Royal Mint comes out with another coin and stamp or coin and book set. The overall mintage is 27,500 so I suspect they'll do something similar like they did recently with the Gruffalo.
  7. Well I was already in and logged in 45 minutes before the launch and when 9:00 o'clock rolled around somehow I was booted off or the website just crashed. What a buzz kill.
  8. I see that the royal history is rich with anniversaries so there is no shortage of what the mint can come up with. As a relatively new collector from the Royal Mint (about 1 1/2-2 years maybe?) I find it exciting to collect the proof sovereigns, SOTD sovereigns as well as coins commemorating any other major U.K. accomplishments especially with the low mintages. I think that the U.S. Mint director now is starting to realize that collectors in the U.S. are clamoring for something exciting to collect again and they can learn a lot by maybe doing some of the same things as the Royal Mint. jmvho.
  9. I have my alarm set for a little before 1:00 a.m. PST; I wonder if there will be a queue?
  10. I received an e-mail from The Royal Mint sometime last week and was wondering if anyone else had received the same about some new release coming up concerning a show called Wallace and Gromit? Is this something that is highly anticipated by collectors or just another avenue for the Royal Mint to fleece a few more dollars from an already over saturated market (with these type of coins) and cash strapped collector base?
  11. It looks as though the Gruffalo 2019 Gift Set went from 100% reserved/ Sold out earlier to currently able to add to basket now. Is this due to cancellations or possibly an error in calculation of how many sets they had left?
  12. How does the U.K. like the portrait that is on Royal Canadian Mint commemoratives? I've always thought it was outdated but what do I know? I'm an American.
  13. I'm on the fence with this one but as someone on this forum has said with a Simpson's cartoon; "Shut up and take my money!"
  14. Yes I think it was this past Friday that I was able to pick one of the sets with the book, I wanted the other one with the stamp sheet? but when I finally made the decision to buy that one it was already reserved, so since I never had bought the Gruffalo when it originally came out I decided to pick up the set with the book and coin. Looks like a nice set, I'm glad I picked one up.
  15. Hello I am fairly new here and from ordering from the Royal Mint. I have a question- On the 2019 Gruffalo Gift Set the website shows at the top that it is 85% reserved yet at the bottom where it shows approx. shipping date it shows Sold Out. Is this common with the Royal Mint or maybe it's similar to what the U.S. Mint does with their hot new releases?