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KevinFlynn

The Queen's Beasts, or why was I on a hiatus?

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Yes, that was in my callow youth, weeks ago... :D

I see what you mean, but I have come to view these as bullion coins - the current ones are standardly priced pemium wise. I will surely not stack tubes of Lions and Griffins, not even Dragons, but the others will make a nice variation within my stack. I have that one collection set, for completeness sake (and to soothe my OCD). I will have at least two years to enjoy it and then maybe get the chance to sell with profit, if I can keep it milk free. It is a 20 ounce risk (or a little more with the premium I paid on the Lion and the Griffin).

My final exit strategy is waiting for a silver correction, which may happen or not...

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Here they are

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This is a superb series, interesting topic, nice designs, reaching back to traditional coins as well as to modern ones. In my eyes the way modern coins should be. I'm loving these, and I am happy to have made this decision.

On to milk spotting. My prior comment on milk spotting realitivizes on closer inspection at daylight. I have this speck on the rim of a Falcon

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and a whiff of milk on the edge of a Unicorn

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I sadly discovered this smudge on the rim of the Lion 😶

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The finely rimmed edge is very susceptible to blemishes anyway, none is perfect, like this little dent on a Dragon

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And my Griffin is not MS70 either, seeing the tiny scratches on the edge 😏

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Splitting hairs here, these are bullion coins and they are priced accordingly. But I wanted to be thorough in my review.

And I know, but I ran out of cotton gloves...

Queen's Beasts: all in all 8/10

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On 06/02/2019 at 17:41, KevinFlynn said:

Yes, that was in my callow youth, weeks ago... :D

I see what you mean, but I have come to view these as bullion coins - the current ones are standardly priced pemium wise. I will surely not stack tubes of Lions and Griffins, not even Dragons, but the others will make a nice variation within my stack. I have that one collection set, for completeness sake (and to soothe my OCD). I will have at least two years to enjoy it and then maybe get the chance to sell with profit, if I can keep it milk free. It is a 20 ounce risk (or a little more with the premium I paid on the Lion and the Griffin).

My final exit strategy is waiting for a silver correction, which may happen or not...

I have more or less the same approach, but more ounces at 'risk', because I'm also collecting the 10 oz versions. Only 1 of each for both 2 oz and 10 oz. I'm also not going for tubes of the Queen's Beasts. I'm still questioning whether to sell once the series has completed to someone that came in late on collecting silver or regretted not getting in. Or is it a better approach selling before the series has ended and people are still looking to jump in on collecting the series and need to buy the ones they miss?

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I'm not sure about collections. Someone, somewhere said those seem to peak at around the end of the seires but will fall as soon as the hype is over. Not what I am seeing with Lunars, but then these ain't no Lunars...

On singles, the art of flipping seems to be a short term strategy, getting these and selling them again either on the peak of the hype or when they are just seeming to be getting scarce (i.e. the next being issued), but I am also not an expert here...

 

So basically, I have no idea and just picked up fragments here and there :D

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I was also late in discovering the Queen’s Beasts last year but still managed to get all the available 1/4oz gold beasts. I’ve been scrimping and saving since the start of the new year in order to buy the 1oz gold Lion and 1/4oz gold Yale that has just been released. I know that I can get two 1oz standard gold bullion coins for the price I’ll be paying for the 1oz gold Lion but the Queen’s Beasts are those once-in-a-lifetime coins collectors either get or regret not getting. We are in the penultimate year of the Queen’s Beasts and the series won’t be around forever. The Britannias, Eagles and Krugerrands will always be available but the same can’t be said for the Queen’s Beasts once the series winds up next year.

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3 hours ago, Serendipity said:

Queen’s Beasts are those once-in-a-lifetime coins collectors either get or regret not getting. We are in the penultimate year of the Queen’s Beasts and the series won’t be around forever. The Britannias, Eagles and Krugerrands will always be available but the same can’t be said for the Queen’s Beasts once the series winds up next year.

The Royal mint don't have a good track record when producing a winning series (lunar coins) but I think they have learnt a lot from QB series. On a pure personal selfish motive I hope when QB series finished that the Royal Mint go back to their usual lack luster and produce another couple of crappy series and we are left with QB one hit wonder should hopefully continue premium appreciation 🤣. I don't think that going to happen and Royal Mint have another hit series and premiums QB will either hold or fall back somewhat after the series is finished.

Last year in the same boat I wanted to buy PMs and based in the UK the best option was QB series both silver and gold.

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3 hours ago, Serendipity said:

 I know that I can get two 1oz standard gold bullion coins for the price I’ll be paying for the 1oz gold Lion but the Queen’s Beasts are those once-in-a-lifetime coins collectors either get or regret not getting. We are in the penultimate year of the Queen’s Beasts.The Britannias, Eagles and Krugerrands will always be available but the same can’t be said for the Queen’s Beasts once the series winds up next year.

Spoken by a true collector, the QB series is fabulous & the best series for years from the Royal Mint. They are mini works of art & as such I don't know why anyone would make a fuss re premiums. My mantra has always been as a collector, if you like it buy it.

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It can definitely be painful paying over the odds for one of the earlier coins but if you put it into perspective many people are happy to pay similar premiums on fairly large run bullion coins.

Case in point: 2oz silver QB Griffin on GSBe now is 55.97€, or 27.99€/oz

The new Perth Mint Simpsons 1oz Homer Simpsons "D'OH!" coin is priced at 26.18€. It's limited to 25,000 but that's still a bullion coin.

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