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LawrenceChard

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  1. Also on ebay there are lots of fraudsters, and probably the world'd biggest stolen property market. Do not believe ebay "fake news" about it being a safe place to buy. Secondhand / VAT Answers here: https://www.chards.co.uk/info/investing-in-silver-frequently-asked-questions Including: Do I Pay VAT on Silver? As a UK (and EU) resident you will be charged VAT at 20% if you take delivery of silver in the EU. If you are outside the EU and ask us to export the items for you there is no VAT applicable and you could even reclaim any VAT paid if you choose to export
  2. Did you read my earlier post with the list of questions?
  3. Austrian ducat denominations were previousy made of .986 gold. The Philharmoniker will almost certainly be .999 gold. The error / discrepancy is far more likely to be with the XRF tester, and / or user.
  4. Actually no, not always. Assay offices usually take very small scrapings for jewellery, although occasionally they will cut or drill one or two items from large batches. In either case, it is best to treat the subjects with care and attention, without causing unnecessary trauma. You also benefit from more repeat business.
  5. @Gold0607 states: "managed to have it tested", so he took it somewhere to have tested. Here is a quick list of questions for him to consider, and possibly ask however tested it: How long did they have it on test for? Errors reduce with longer times, we use 60 seconds with our Niton, some people use 30, 20, or 10 seconds. How clean was the viewing area of their machine. How many tests did they do? Did they test one side or both? What is the manufacturer;s claimed accuracy for the machine? What experience do they have of similar quirky results? Somebo
  6. London Gazette Privy Council Notice dated 13th November 2020 Announces 2022 public holiday, and a number of new 2021 and 2022 UK coin issues.
  7. I have mentioned Royal Mint misinformation and propaganda previously, in various "topics", plus on our websites, and Flickr. I found the latest example only today: The Last Circulating Half Sovereigns 1914 Royal Mint Advert Daily Telegraph - Misleading and Inaccurate I suggest that anyone interested in knowing more should click the image, which takes you to the Flickr page with the image, and my "usual" lengthy description.
  8. I have an Album/Set on Flick which shows some of our photographic equipment past and present, together with some advice and recommendations, although these are contained as text descriptions on some of the images.
  9. I have mentioned Royal Mint misinformation and propaganda previously, in various "topics", plus on our websites, and Flickr. I found the latest example only today: The Last Circulating Half Sovereigns 1914 Royal Mint Advert Daily Telegraph - Misleading and Inaccurate I suggest that anyone interested in knowing more should click the image, which takes you to the Flickr page with the image, and my "usual" lengthy description.
  10. Wow! That is interesting, and should be very surprising, but I have noted many times before that some of the personnel at the Mint, most noticeably in their Marketing department, seem to be very arrogant. This may stem from the fact or claim that they are the oldest mint in the world, established about 1100 years ago. They publish this as part of their propaganda, and I think many of them believe it, probably without questioning it. They also boast about their high quality standards, and there is much evidence that if you publish and repeat some things enough, then most people e
  11. Axial Lighting Our "Head of Photography" (#1 in a department of 1), Doug Smith, didn't like our "heavy breathing" technique we used to use for reducing reflection, and improving the colour rendition of proof coins in particular, so he did some research online, and was pointed towards "axial lighting", which he (therefore we) now use for most of our coin photos. Doug made his own axial lighting stand, which worked well enough, but he then improved the design, and cut and assembled a new custom version. I have been asked quite a few times about it. We have shown photos of it on our w
  12. 2022 UK £70 Seventy Pounds Platinum Jubilee Mock-Up Fantasy Coin in Platinum - Obverse and Reverse We already know many of the immiment 2021 coins designs, so decided to look ahead further... It's probably as good as anyone else's guess at this early stage.
  13. Yes. I think the Royal Mint want you to buy the more expensive proofs before they release the "bullion" or B.U. version. They make much more money on the proofs, and hardly anything on the bullion version. Of course, the proofs are better. The non-proofs usually get released about January, but the RM do change this about for some reason.
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