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  1. I own both a 1/4oz Britannia and three so-called “Special Reverse” bullion sovereigns. However, the very first gold purchase I ever made was a bullion sovereign featuring the Queen’s portrait on the obverse and the classic reverse design of Benedetto Pistrucci’s St George and the dragon. I can’t recall the year date because I sold the coin to a pawnbroker when I didn’t know any better. My advice to you, therefore, is to buy the fractional flagship gold coin of your country which in your case is the sovereign. For an American, it would be a 1/4oz American Gold Eagle; for a Canadian, a 1/4oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf; for an Australian, a 1/4oz Australian Gold Kangaroo, etc. I own all of these fractional gold world coins but can understand why you can afford only one at the moment because of the meteoric rise of the gold price.
  2. Can you explain in detail what you mean by “conservation”?
  3. I can fully understand the point you are making about bullion coins because I’ve also wondered myself why some of them have matt backgrounds. Proof coins, of course, are completely distinguishable with their polished backgrounds. The Perth Mint, especially, love matt backgrounds. The Mexican Mint favour matt bullion coins. The Royal Mint like polished bullion coins. Unfortunately, I don’t work for the Mints mentioned and can’t speak on their behalf but I’m certain @Murph and @sovereignsteve are right. The process is probably simpler than you think. The matt background is done by first sandblasting the engraved die and the polished interior image added to the sandblasted die afterwards.
  4. Yes, you are right! The shiny foregrounds of bullion coins do lack detail when compared to the frosted foregrounds of proof coins which have been clearly struck many times.
  5. I will, of course, showcase my coins and their quantity in later posts. The current post is primarily about how I store my coins. There’s a rich diversity of 1/4oz world coins, sovereigns and Queen’s Beasts packed in those tubes. Yes, the two tubes are packed in a Peli 1010 Microcase which I bought from Atkinsons.
  6. Those coin tubes with the red caps are air-tite “H” coin tubes. The smaller ones in the pelican case are air-tite “A” coin tubes. I order all my air-tite coin tubes and capsules from OnFireGuy in the US because they are an American product. I dislike European lighthouse capsules and bespoke sovereign cases.
  7. You had me very worried for a moment! No, all those official Mint tubes and capsules that you see in the plastic PVC container in the first photo are completely empty. They were actually packed in the Case Logic toiletry bag before I progressed to air-tite tubes. That large plastic PVC container is simply a holder for discarded coin tubes and capsules.
  8. All the empty pre-bought Mint coin tubes and capsules that you see in the first photo was meant to be my original stack but it never really got off the launchpad. The major flaw with my initial stacking strategy was overbuying or overstacking silver at the expense of gold represented by the three diminutive sovereign tubes. I made some headway but eventually ended up selling off my silver Eagles, Britannias, Kangaroos, Noah’s Arks and gold sovereigns. There was simply too much diversification going on. I opted for a pared down silver stack of collectible semi-numismatic coins which meant I could diversify into sovereigns, 1/4oz and 1oz gold coins. I adopted a Japanese way of doing things which could extract more from less and was exquisitely economical with space. My entire stack is heavier than it looks and can be packed into a Case Logic toiletry bag. I’m not done stacking, of course, as you can see from the half-empty air-tite tubes but I know where I’m headed this time with my second stacking strategy.
  9. The Pelican company also provide foam inserts to secure your tubes in place if you can’t find the right size cases. The foam inserts are available on Amazon. I’m always wary, of course, of companies that promise you crushproof products. I remember once buying an expensive stormproof umbrella with titanium rods from London’s Science Museum Shop. Damn umbrella barely lasted a month! I don’t know whether it was a crappy company or the English weather 😆
  10. How many stackers store their precious metals in pelican cases? I store my sovereigns and 1/4oz gold coins in a Peli 1010 Microcase. I bought mine from Atkinsons. The hard plastic protective cases are apparently waterproof, crushproof and dustproof. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze but my Peli 1010 Microcase can hold two air-tite “A” coin tubes. Alternatively, you can use three Royal Mint sovereign tubes. It’s worthwhile making sure the coin tubes are not stacked loose but are either padded out with spare coin capsules or stacked full because the case doesn’t stand upright.
  11. Welcome 🖖🏻 I spent a year in Mexico and know about the Mexican fascination with gold, especially among wealthier Mexicans who were either always buying or selling it.
  12. I’ve been thinking of complementing my 1oz gold QB Lion of England with a platinum QB Lion but worried about too much diversification because I’m already stacking gold and silver. Juggling between these two precious metals is more than enough for me.