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2018 1oz Hallmarked Silver Forum Investment Bars - Preorder & Reservations OPEN NOW!

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It is time for the 1 oz Silver Forum bars!

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So, for those of you who are new to the forum since last year @ChrisSIlver and I teamed up to create 1 oz Silver Bars branded with the forum's logo. And I am very proud to announce that we are creating another 200 of these for 2018!

These bars are all hand poured, stamped and finished by myself meaning each and every bar is unique in some way. The weights will vary bar to bar (although none less than 31.1 grams) and the cooling patterns of the silver will also be unique and different for each one. 

The allure of hand poured silver is growing stronger month by month and these bars are a brilliant way to start collecting hand poured silver and at the same time supporting the forum and my own business too!

So, to that end I am very proud and happy to announce the 2018 1oz forum bars are available now to pre-order and reserve. 

There are a lot of different aspects to tell you about so I have split this post up into various sections, hopefully this will cover most of your questions but if there is something I have not covered then please feel free to get in touch or comment on this thread. 

There will also be a video going live tomorrow summing up a lot of what I have written here. 

What are the 1 oz Bars all about?

The 1 oz Silver Forum Bars have been created as a way to draw the silver forum community together but also as a fund raising and brand awareness raising exercise. Proceeds from the sales of these bars help keep the forum running in the way we have become accustomed to. Premium and Gold Premium memberships go a long way to helping the running of the forum. To help keep the membership prices as low as practical, the 1 oz silver forum bars proceeds help a lot. 

Also, it is about raising the brand awareness of the forum and to encourage new people to join the forum and to make standard members think about supporting the forum by upgrading their membership or simply supporting the forum on a one off basis. 

Schedule, production and delivery

I am working towards a deadline of the end of April/early May for these bars to be made, stamped, hallmarked and ready for shipping. They are all individually made and can be quite tricky to pour and make look good at the correct weight. I estimate that I will have made all 200 of the bars by mid April and then have them ready for a release date in early May. If there are any delays or extensions to this I will let you all know.

Design Changes & Hallmarking

There are a few design changes from the 2017 bars. Part of this is down to the fact that I have learnt a lot and grown a lot as a silver pourer and craftsman over the last year. 

The biggest change is that the Hallmark is going to be on the front of the bars. The hallmark is the most important thing about these poured silver bars. For those of you who do not know a hallmark means that the bars have been tested and their purity is guaranteed to be what I say it is - 999 silver. Having the hallmark is a really great badge of authenticity and gives the bars a lot more desirability, which is very important when buying hand poured silver. 

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The other significant design change is that this year we are using an all in one "1 ozt" stamp. I think this makes the bars look a lot more professional and much tidier (as well as cutting down the amount of stamping I need to do!)

Mintage & Serial Number reservations

The mintage for 2018 will be 200 bars. This is set and will not change. We decided not to increase the mintage this year to keep the exclusivity of the bars as appealing as possible.

Serial number reservation is probably the biggest question that a lot of you will ask. Now, we are never going to be able to please everyone and to that end we gave very careful consideration to how we would go about serial number reservation. So the following is how we will run things. 

If you currently own a certain serial number then you will have first refusal at reserving that number for 2018. So, if you bought bar #75 last year then you need to let me know if you want to keep that number. If you do, great it is yours (once you have paid!). If you don't get in touch to let me know before Sunday 15th April then these serial numbers will be opened up to other people. 

Now, this means in theory that all 200 bars could be reserved and sold to people who bought last year. But, I think it is quite unlikely that this will happen. There will be spare numbers from people either not wanting to get bars, not able to get new bars or not taking up as many bars as they did last year. 

So, if you are a new member, or an existing member that would like to reserve new bars and serial numbers in 2018 I will be creating a first come, first served waiting list. After the reservation deadline of Sunday 15th April The waiting list will get the opportunity to reserve available numbers. 

To join the waiting list all you need to do is comment on this thread. To be fair to all users a maximum of 5 bars per person on the waiting list please and we will then see how it goes for the available numbers and demand. 

I hope that all makes sense. In summary, you have until 15th April to reserve your existing serial numbers if you already own them. If you are new, or an existing member who wants additional bars then you need to reply here and I will put you on the first come, first served waiting list. 

Prices are set as follows

Standard or Non member price - £25.00 per bar

Premium member price - £22.50 per bar

Gold Premium member price - £20.00 per bar

UK Postage: +£2.50 via Royal Mail Signed for delivery for just one bar

FREE POSTAGE: if you buy more than one bar 

International Postage: Please ask for an accurate quote - however I will offer free international standard postage (small top up required for tracked) if you order 5 or more bars. 

A few notes on pricing

These bars are hand poured, hand stamped and polished by me. They take a lot of time and energy and equipment to create. These are premium hand poured silver products, not cheap bullion. They are a way to support me (as a fledgling business), my brand and most importantly, The Silver Forum. As I said earlier, proceeds from the sale of these bars go towards the upkeep and running costs of this forum. This helps keep membership prices as low as possible for premium and gold premium members and ensures that standard members can still use this forum for free. 

Standard members - The difference in price is as a way for you to support the forum in a one off style payment rather than signing up for membership. But also please feel free to upgrade your membership to take advantage of the discounts available. 

The price also incorporates the Hallmarking costs, this includes postage of these bars to and from Edinburgh and the application of the hallmark.

Payment Information

To secure the reservation of your bars and serial numbers you will need to pay me before 15th April 2018

IF YOU MAKE A PAYMENT PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SILVER FORUM NAME AS A REFERENCE!!!!!

You can pay by a number of different methods as follows:

PayPal F&F: info@backyardbullion.com

PayPal G&S (Please add 5% to the total): info@backyardbullion.com

Banks Transfer:

   Account No: 76626253

   Sort Code: 51-70-06

Crypto currencies: Litecoin, Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Please not there will be significant additional charges depending on how much it costs me to process and withdraw the funds. 

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If you are interested then please let me know in this thread or via PM. 

Also, I welcome all feedback and any questions you might have about these bars. 

Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting The Silver Forum!

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14 minutes ago, BackyardBullion said:

If you currently own a certain serial number then you will have first refusal at reserving that number for 2018. So, if you bought bar #75 last year then you need to let me know if you want to keep that number. If you do, great it is yours (once you have paid!). If you don't get in touch to let me know before Sunday 15th April then these serial numbers will be opened up to other people. 

 

14 minutes ago, BackyardBullion said:

To secure the reservation of your bars and serial numbers you will need to pay me before 15th April 2018

Will you confirm the serial no. reservation in time?

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Just now, Roy said:

 

Will you confirm the serial no. reservation in time?

Yes - assuming payment is made before 15th April then the serial number is reserved.

Then, after 15th April I will publish all available serial numbers and that will go on a first come first served basis to the waiting list.

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13 minutes ago, BackyardBullion said:

I have another member down as owning 007 - do you have this one in your possession? If so then PM me a photo just to confirm!

 

37 minutes ago, BackyardBullion said:

f you currently own a certain serial number then you will have first refusal at reserving that number for 2018. So, if you bought bar #75 last year then you need to let me know if you want to keep that number. If you do, great it is yours (once you have paid!). If you don't get in touch to let me know before Sunday 15th April then these serial numbers will be opened up to other people. 

 

I don't but I'm hoping the clause will come into play :)

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Mr Backyard, just to make sure I'm reading this right- this year I'd like no12 so it matches mt 250g 2018 bar, but someone else will have "first dibs" on that as they own the 2017 version.

Therefore the best chance I have is to log on on after April 15th and fingers crossed no12 will be available?

PS i will be having one even if I can't have no12 :) i love these items :) 

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Just now, boon said:

Mr Backyard, just to make sure I'm reading this right- this year I'd like no12 so it matches mt 250g 2018 bar, but someone else will have "first dibs" on that as they own the 2017 version.

Therefore the best chance I have is to log on on after April 15th and fingers crossed no12 will be available?

PS i will be having one even if I can't have no12 :) i love these items :) 

Thanks my friend - yes #12 is owned by @Stu according to my records - so if he is happy to swap or not take that up then it is yours. 

So, regardless I will put you on the waiting list for a bar.

Otherwise I had you down as having #179 & #180 last year - are you happy for those to be released?

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BYB, you've opened Pandora's box! :D

The bars are exclusive. Limited mintage and with a friendly and personal provenance. 

Members only :)

The serial numbers are important to us stacking weirdos. :lol:

If sixgun wants his number, I understand. No hard feelings :)

But the 100g no. 007 is MINE!!!! mwah-ha-ha-ha :ph34r:

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3 minutes ago, BackyardBullion said:

Thanks my friend - yes #12 is owned by @Stu according to my records - so if he is happy to swap or not take that up then it is yours. 

So, regardless I will put you on the waiting list for a bar.

Otherwise I had you down as having #179 & #180 last year - are you happy for those to be released?

Brilliant, thanks :) don't release the numbers just yet- I'll have a sleep on it, if funds allow i may take my usual two also. If anyone else expresses a particular like for those numbers tag me and i'll let you know ASAP :)

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1 hour ago, BackyardBullion said:

Ah I see - @sixgun - down to you how much you like 007 or Roy I guess!

i have normally got a couple of bars with a lowish (under 10 number) What is there? i would take #4 and the other one i have had before if Roy wants to be a contract killer for the Crown. (007)

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9 minutes ago, sixgun said:

i have normally got a couple of bars with a lowish (under 10 number) What is there? i would take #4 and the other one i have had before if Roy wants to be a contract killer for the Crown. (007)

Well - #4 was ask for by @Sherabnamdhak so it is going to be difficult to fairly allocate out the spare numbers. 

It is all moot of course if @shawy2510 wants to hold onto #4!

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Well - #4 was ask for by [mention=4588]Sherabnamdhak[/mention] so it is going to be difficult to fairly allocate out the spare numbers. 
It is all moot of course if [mention=3308]shawy2510[/mention] wants to hold onto #4!
3 & 4 then please, I forgot I had that also :D Sorry to the others who wanted it.

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So, if you are a new member, or an existing member that would like to reserve new bars and serial numbers in 2018 I will be creating a first come, first served waiting list. After the reservation deadline of Sunday 15th April The waiting list will get the opportunity to reserve available numbers. 

To join the waiting list all you need to do is comment on this thread. To be fair to all users a maximum of 5 bars per person on the waiting list please and we will then see how it goes for the available numbers and demand. 

Soz - this bit isn't clear to me.

I read it as if anyone would like to join the waiting list (which comes into effect 15th April) then they can already comment on here? And that the waiting list is limited to 5 bars, but it's not clear if that is five bars total, or five bars on the waiting list (as I've already 'bagged' my three from last year, subject to payment).

If we can already go on the waiting list I'd also like to reserve the first two (vacant) numbers that come up please :)

 

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Just now, kimchi said:

Soz - this bit isn't clear to me.

I read it as if anyone would like to join the waiting list (which comes into effect 15th April) then they can already comment on here? And that the waiting list is limited to 5 bars, but it's not clear if that is five bars total, or five bars on the waiting list (as I've already 'bagged' my three from last year, subject to payment).

If we can already go on the waiting list I'd also like to reserve the first two (vacant) numbers that come up please :)

 

You have interpreted it correctly. 5 bars max from the waiting list, no limit to the number of bars overall. 

Just trying to limit the chance of say 3 people taking up all of the spare numbers because they wanted 15 bars each or something. 

I will put you on the waiting list now :-)

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