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DBCooper

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  1. Hi About as far as you can get from Kent on the UK mainland but...... The rivers in the Helmsdale catchment in Inverness -shire Scotland have proven gold in them and are one of the VERY few Places in the UK where gold panning is allowed all be it under permit info on permits and rules here http://www.suisgill.co.uk/things-to-do/gold-panning/permission-and-rules-for-gold-panning-on-the-kildonan-burn/ a quick internet search will throw up other info Regards DB
  2. Might Have taken longer than you thought .🙂 but you knew it was coming. which was all that mattered Glad I didn't let you down my friend
  3. Hi and welcome to the forum I was halfway through typing a reply to your original post when you posted the above which changed my advice , it seems you know what you are doing short answer If you are In the UK buy 199 K of GOLD UK CGT free coins for delivery to yourself. spend the last grand on a tiny bit of silver just in case if you DON'T hold it you Don't own it ! regards
  4. DBCooper

    Small Gold Nuggets

    Just my two pennies worth. Im not an expert on nuggets. But I have seen and brought and sold a fair bit of Raw gold in Australia the Philippines and West Africa over the years IMHO firstly the colour looks mighty wrong to me for pure raw Gold, way to light and silvery in colour. Although pictures can be deceptive? and raw gold can be mixed with other materials in deposits. Also gold recovered with the assistance of mercury in illegal artisan mining operations in the third world forms a solid Amalgamate with the mercury that is a similar colour to the material you are being offered. Although Amalgamate tends to be seen in soft rounded lumps or pock marked, stringy in structure much like a ball of chewing gum due to the physics of how the amalgamate forms during the recovery process. A nugget by definition is gold that has come from a placer deposit which means that at some point in the preceding thousands / millions of years since it was formed in a reef. The gold has been weathered and washed out of the gold bearing quartz. Then moved by water/ ice in some shape or form into a placer deposit. To be found as a nugget or a picker. Gold as we all know is soft and therefore when weathered and water washed has rounded edges and nuggets are usually very soft, rounded and splatter like in appearance . IMO Those lumps in your photos are way to sharp edged and angular to ever have been moved by water. therefore IF and its a mighty big IF they are actually gold rather than pyrite. The material in question must have been found somewhere in a gold bearing quartz reef during a hard rock mining operation. Although most! reef gold also looks ribbon like feathery or stringy in structure, not sharp edged and lumpy like the above material. For somebody to have 11 oz's of material from a hard rock mining operation freely for sale rather, than have found it in a placer deposit is possibly questionable ? although maybe not impossible ? Pyrite crystals are often found in the same quartz bearing structures as gold, as well as in other many other Quartz rocks. Making pyrite about ten thousand times more common than gold. Pyrite often forms square, angular shaped, sharp edged crystals very much like the above pictures Most of the white quartz bearing Granite's that make up the Cairngorm's and other areas of the northern UK have lots and lots of pyrite formed in the Quartz which in my limited experience looks very much like what you are being offered for sale. The only way to be sure, is to get the material tested / assayed properly however I would be very very suspicious Just from the look of what you have. I think it is pyrite crystals personally. As others have said few easy quick tests if you have the material to hand and you cant get it tested professionally 1 Chuck it in a gold pan with some other material dirt / black sand and or lead shot or small fishing weights and try panning it out carefully, pyrite is a lot lighter than gold, black sand or lead and will pan out ahead of any black sand or lead 2 Try melting a sample gold melts fairly easily, pyrite crystals tend to shatter when heat applied to them 3 Smack a sample hard with a heavy hammer on a solid metal plate, gold / amalgamate will flatten out as its soft and pliable where pyrite will tend to shatter. 4 Take a small thin flake and push a needle point into it firmly Gold will deform around the needle point where pyrite will either resist the point or shatter. Regards DB
  5. if you want to buy in the UK rather than Europe ? and don''t mind paying the dreaded VAT ? and want cold hard metal in your hand quickly Martin who runs THE SILVER TRADER is a top fella and a pleasure to deal with and he always delivers overnight/ next day delivery without fail. However I am unsure if he is accepting New customers at present ? ( he was restricting orders to existing Customers only a while back ?) regards DB
  6. respect and Fair play to you Sir you have made some very wise investments over the years. and it looks like the stack has done its job well enjoy the new house . regards DB
  7. I agree with the above .They are super little coins with a great design full 1/4/oz of 24 k Gold and I have a few. However the prices BBP are currently quoting for the previous years are just speculative, and way to high IMO I cant see the previous years holding those premiums going forwards. Just pick up each year as it is released if you want them rather than try and backtrack previous years. They have been sold for great prices each as they were released . Regards DB
  8. I have been buying regularly from them for years. Faultless service IMHO . In fact I brought from them last weekend and the items were dispatched overnight special delivery and arrived Monday morning. Not bad considering today's postal situation. always found them easy to deal with and good Bullion grade coins. Regards DB
  9. DBCooper

    BullionVault down.

    Angola is a risky country I don't have a home here only an office and I rotate in and out for work as need's be I store very little here in west Africa for exactly that reason Regards DB
  10. DBCooper

    BullionVault down.

    No offence taken No said house's are not empty generally ! and I have industrial premises as well as houses. My good lady wife and Kids are currently in one property in the Northern Philippines. My father is in another of my properties today in southern Spain and I am typing this reply to you from my office in Angola in West Africa. Without giving too much away on an open forum the amount of Gold I could lay my hands on any given day if I was at any one of my homes would be in the low Tens of thousands $ and in my brief case right now I can put my hands on two ounces without getting up from my desk. Regards DB
  11. DBCooper

    BullionVault down.

    A rather personal and direct question so A direct answer is probably in order I have enough gold to make me sleep well at night. I have multiple properties in Multiple countries so my situation is not average and therefore my risks are naturally spread around hence I am happy with holding myself As I said every one has a different view and what suits one doesn't suit another Regards DB
  12. DBCooper

    BullionVault down.

    I second the above simple if you don't hold it you don't own it. I can see why people trade paper gold and or use vaulting companies for ease of trading in and out of paper Gold & silver fast. Or storing in a alternate location such as a vault or safety deposit box for security issues. That's what makes the world go round different people with different thoughts and risk strategies However personally keep my metal close at hand at all times and only I know where it is at any given time There is of course a risk in storing physical Gold where ever that may be. But ill take the risk of it being found and nicked over not being able to sell paper gold due some technical hitch on a trading platform's server all day long. safety deposit boxes also have their place but again there are risks with not being able to access at times. Regards DB
  13. Not very likely at all IMHO. But Before any Government can take any gold you may or may not ? first they are going to have to. 1 know you have it . 2 find it . Buying gold does leave an audit-able trail these day if you don't pay for your shiny stuff with cold hard cash in the first place and purchase online. But finding any Gold you have purchased and might still have ? after its in your grubby hands is quite another thing to achieve ! A wise purchaser that might have left a trail purchasing said shiny stuff. Will most probably be able to answer any questions put to them by a Government official asking where their gold went. That unfortunately they have rather expensive hobby's often including high stakes gambling, a heavy duty coke habit, or a liking for fine young ladies that work at night. and unfortunately they have spent any gold that they had in the past on said hobby's. Unfortunate boating accidents also tend to occur with frightening regularity in conversations about any Gold someone might have purchased in the past. Gold has got to be the most hard to trace highly portable asset know to man. That's the whole point of buying it in the first place IMHO If your Government ever does make it illegal to own and you are unable to sell it in your location. Break out the gas torch melt it down, shove it in your pockets or anywhere else suitable. Up sticks and move it to somewhere else and sell it if you need to ! Oh and one more thing I personally have no knowledge of ever buying anything gold or silver ! Regards DB
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