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  1. The thing which really brought home to me that climate change is fact and not fantasy is when I woke up one morning in London to find all the vehicles covered in what appeared to be a fine yellow dust. The neighbours were all baffled until they discovered it was Saharan sand. The sun at one stage turned an apocalyptic blood red. I could barely breathe the air. It was like being caught in the middle of sandstorm. It’s at that point that the idea of a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can cause something like a hurricane in another part of the world made complete sense to me.
  2. One of the major reasons why I’ve prioritised buying more gold over silver is because of the dangers of overbuying silver which is many times cheaper than gold and takes up too much space. There was a time when I thought about selling up all my silver and focusing exclusively on gold. Much more wealth can be concentrated in small amounts of gold which makes it less riskier and easier to hide than silver.
  3. This is a very good question and glad you asked it. It is a question which should be uppermost in every stacker’s and/or collector’s mind. The truth is that I can’t trust anyone with my precious metals which is why you get these marvellous true stories in the UK of hoards of sovereigns being discovered in fields, piano cases and under sofas. Even the stacker’s and/or collector’s closest relatives were clueless about their hobby until they died. I’ve got more than $2,000 worth of precious metals and plan to buy a safe at the end of the year to hold the whole lot. Much more wealth can be concentrated in small amounts of gold which is why I’ve prioritised buying more gold over silver to free up space and prevent overbuying silver. I’ve had no problems selling parts of my holdings manually to dealers such as Hatton Garden Metals. I fully understanding the risks of storing my precious metals at home but that’s my choice.
  4. Yes, the £200 silver bullion collection was one of the offers H&B bombarded me with before I sent them a cease-and-desist letter. I totally agree with you that it is shocking how many naive folk fall for such spiel which is a good way of phrasing it.
  5. Yes, I have bought the cheapest sovereign and 1/4oz krugerrand from H&B. However, it’s a marketing ploy to sell you their ridiculously overpriced proof coins. You’ll end up getting bombarded with unwanted phone calls and/or mail literally everyday. It was a nightmare dreading their next letter. I was inundated with so much of their junk mail that I wondered if they were the major cause of deforestation in the Amazon. Made me suicidal. I eventually got H&B off my back by sending them a cease-and-desist letter. Nothing I’ve said should detract from the fact that the sovereign and krugerrand I bought from H&B are my best bargain buys.
  6. I’m completely confused because the Royal Mint Bullion regularly delivers bullion over £250 by DHL Express despite the carrier being prohibited from sending “bullion (of any precious metal)”. DHL is also prohibited from sending “commemorative coins and medals with an individual or total shipment value in excess of £2,000”. Does DHL turn a blind eye to its rules if the sender happens to be a prestigious institution like the Royal Mint? Some forum members only became aware of this issue when they were prevented from sending gold coins by DHL delivery. https://www.royalmintbullion.com/Delivery
  7. I’m just as confused as everyone else because the Royal Mint Bullion regularly delivers bullion over £250 by DHL Express despite the carrier being prohibited from sending “bullion (of any precious metal)”. DHL is also prohibited from sending “commemorative coins and medals with an individual or total shipment value in excess of £2,000”.
  8. 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
  9. I’m not a big fan of 2oz silver coins which is why the 1oz Platinum Queen’s Beast Lion has caught my eye. Platinum is much rarer than both gold and silver - so rare, in fact, that all of the platinum ever mined could fit into your living room. The metal is resistant to corrosion unlike the endless red and milk spotting problems encountered by silver stackers and collectors.
  10. I’m also 100% in agreement with that which doesn’t diminish in anyway the contributions made to the Silver Forum by other forum members. One thing which particularly caught my attention about @ChrisSIlver was his mention of the highly collectible but under appreciated Somalian Elephant coin. Only one UK bullion dealer, Atkinsons, stocks the coin to my knowledge which is not helped by the fact that the Somalian government wants nothing to do with the coin. I love all of the very educational YouTube videos by @BackyardBullion who puts to shame most of the official mints with his entrepreneurial silver pouring business. He successfully conveys the passion and enthusiasm of a coin enthusiast which is sadly lacking in most numismatists.
  11. You’ve got the whole point of the coin which is to get past a guy in a wheelchair and honour a great scientist’s contribution to science. Stephen Hawking would have given you full marks for your brilliant summary of his contribution to science. Well done! I think it’s a great coin!
  12. Well done! Full marks! You’ve got the whole point of the coin because Stephen Hawking like any other scientist would like to be remembered for his contribution to science. I think it’s a great coin!
  13. I stick only with 1oz and 1/4oz gold coins and sovereigns. I also stick with 1oz silver coins however tempting the 2oz Queen’s Beasts might be. Nothing larger nor smaller than those sizes. No bars and no proofs.
  14. Silver strikes me as too high-maintenance when compared to gold which makes me reluctant to buy silver in bulk.
  15. This is a very sad story indeed. I’m also a collector of rare 50ps as well as a PM stacker and collector. The Beatrix Potter 50ps are the favourites in my collection. I hope this sad story doesn’t deter collectors of rare 50ps from showcasing their collection on the Silver Forum which I plan to do sometime in the future.