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dicker

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    dicker reacted to Paul in Gold Monitoring Thread £ GBP only   
    next to no movement all for the week on gold
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Who picked up QB completer coins - what did you buy?   
    We found time to do an onboxing video:
    Short, but sweet.
     
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    dicker reacted to Bluegeo in Royal Mint Victoria Cross Winners - 18 Coin Set - Price Reduced   
    Great set. There is something quite soul stirring in reading the stories of these genuine heroes. 
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    dicker reacted to pablitto83 in Buying sovereigns for crypto   
    Thanks guys. I did invested a bit in crypto, and looking to hedge some profit in physical metal. Apart I love they look, it is something you can have in hand, and will not "evaporate". Looking to do so in near future
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    dicker reacted to ChrisSilver in ⚠️ Update on the work ⚠️   
    Shouldn't be any downtime now as the remaining work should all be able to be done in the background. Once again apologies for any inconvenience caused whilst we were working to fix the issues.  
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    dicker reacted to Gordy in Hi The Silver Forum   
    hellooooo and welcome
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Where is the best place to sell gold coins?   
    Local pawn broker - sure if you are happy to get about a third less than intrinsic.
    ebay - sucks! - too many dodgy buyers and sellers.
    BbP? If they happen to be down the road from you maybe, but @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer have been around for much longer, and almost always pay better prices.
    In case you were not aware, I will declare a close connection! 🙂
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    dicker got a reaction from daca in 2006 Gold Proof Brunel The Man Bimetallic £2 Error - Two Halves Fell Apart   
    The irony is of course that one of Britains greatest engineers is celebrated with a less perfectly engineered gold coin...
    IKB would not be impressed!
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Best car boot in UK for silver   
    Don't forget some of the stuff at car boots sale might be stolen. There may also be fakes.
    In a perfect world, all the sellers at them would be ordinary honest people offloading stuff, but crooks are bound to attend them, particularly because most transactions are cash, and anonymous.
    Some regular car boot traders also sell things like 1780 Maria Theresa thalers, especially worn or grubby ones. When buyers show interest, the sellers feign ignorance and naivety. Typically they will get about double the dealer selling price from "suckers".
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    dicker reacted to greendragon in Best car boot in UK for silver   
    the missus managed to get a sterling silver jubilee crown for £10 at bardsley rugby car boot in oldham. 
    the chap was selling 50p pieces at inflated prices because they were "collectable", but missed the silver 🙂
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    dicker reacted to Groundup in Best car boot in UK for silver   
    Pot luck on this like any carboot sale..
    You do get some people who sell just silver coins/items but they know what they have and what the value is and can spot a sucker a mile off.
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in A couple Qs regarding grade C sovereigns & best bang for buck coins for someone looking to buy gold in the UK.   
    Yes, it seems clear he is talking about @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer.
    Although we would rather sell coins we have in stock, but in times of high demand like now and the 2007/8/9 credit/banking/sub-prime crisis, readily available bullion stock dries up, and not just on a UK level, but worldwide. During the Covid crisis, production and transport has also created supply tightness. Some dealers simply hike their premiums to rip-off levels, some shut up shop. We are happy to sell new coins which we often have to wait for too. We also make a market in secondary market bullion coins, but only those we have a reasonable expectation of covering in a reasonable time. 
    While @Paul is entitled to his opinion "Not a great business practice, selling stuff you don't have", we disagree. This has been discussed on TSF previously, at great length. We always make it as clear as we possibly can whether we have coins in stock, and for items not in stock, expected supply times for new coins, secondary market supply is much harder to forecast. 
    There is no need to "read the small print". If there is any likely delay, we show a very in-your-face pop-up banner which spells it out very clearly. This pop-up cannot be closed or dismissed withour making a positive choice about whether to continue or choose an alternative.
    The main point is that we offer a choice.
     
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    dicker reacted to Tn21 in 2021 Australia Super Pit   
    I love this coin, I'm in awe of huge pits and open mining. 
    It will be fantastic to own this coin
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in 2006 Gold Proof Brunel The Man Bimetallic £2 Error - Two Halves Fell Apart   
    Yes indeed. Earlier I had commented "A fine example of British engineering at its best!". Doug, our photographer, replied "He would have fixed it with a bit of spot welding"
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    dicker got a reaction from daca in 2006 Gold Proof Brunel The Man Bimetallic £2 Error - Two Halves Fell Apart   
    The irony is of course that one of Britains greatest engineers is celebrated with a less perfectly engineered gold coin...
    IKB would not be impressed!
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    dicker got a reaction from daca in 2006 Gold Proof Brunel The Man Bimetallic £2 Error - Two Halves Fell Apart   
    The irony is of course that one of Britains greatest engineers is celebrated with a less perfectly engineered gold coin...
    IKB would not be impressed!
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    Probably not, they appear to be particularly stubborn.
    I guess it is a type of arrogance. "We are the Royal Mint, have been making British coins for 1100 years, we are the experts, so we are not going to listen to anyone else, what do they know". I have been observing this sort of attitude from the Royal Mint since 2000, and it was probably around earlier.
    The people at the Royal Mint Museum (Historical Services) have always struck me as very good, it is mainly the marleting department that seems to be the worst.
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    That's mainly because the Royal Mint have been making them in "red" gold, only alloyed with copper. The addition of a small proportion of silver produces a much more attractive and natural looking yellow colour. As little as 3 parts silver per 1000 is enough, and the extra cost is negligible.
    This page of our website gives an insight into this, and we will shortly be filling in some of the gaps in the timeline.
    https://www.chards.co.uk/blog/analysis-of-alloy-content-of-gold-sovereigns/180
    I believe the someone in the marketing or production department of the Royal Mint mistakenly believed that sovereigns were historically made of red gold, so almost all Queen Elizabeth II gold sovereigns contain little or no silver.
     
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    dicker reacted to CadmiumGreen in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    I must admit, I quite like the extensive history and diverse varieties of the Gold Sovereign. Having acquired a great breadth of Sovereigns from 1817 to present, with almost all examples of the obverse effigies. The references and documentation abound can send one into trying to research all the details, and barely scratch the surface, which comes with time and experience on collecting the Gold Sovereign. The perspectives are even more annunciated with the Gold Sovereign having been an everyday fiat-like coin, a collectors coin, a gold stackers coin, and a concealable gold piece to be used in a time of war for escape and evasion. That is what I find intriguing in the Gold Sovereign...and I’m from the US!
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    That, and similar stories have been going around for years. Not just about commercial banks, but also central banks. It's worth reading about banking history, reserve banking, fractional reserve banking, leverage, gearing, derivatives...
    Many share prices look like bubbles.
    Many third world countries have rampant inflation / devaluation, but it almost certainly will happen again to one or more major currencies eventually; we just don;t know which and when.
    If the above sounds risky, you could always have a gamble on cryptocurrencies, and hope you get out with a profit before the next big, or final, crash.
    Sound cheerful, don't I? 
    ...and I am not even a conspiracy theorist.
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    dicker reacted to Shinus73 in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    I jump in and out, for the reason you give I think. They get a bit samey.
    I used to have a decent number of bullion sovereigns and sold them all, in favour of graded proof gold, as I love graded coins.
    I’m now in the process of building a graded sovereign collection, for keeps I think. The idea of being able to upgrade every now and then, keeps it interesting.
     
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    dicker reacted to LawrenceChard in Sovereigns - Am i just the only one who doesn't get excited by them ? Despite all history etc   
    Way back in about 1964 we were selling gold sovereigns at £4 each, £37.50 per 10, £365 per 100, and £3500 per 1000.
    We can remember telling collectors that collecting sovereigns was cheaper than collecting pennies. Indeed a collection from Queen Victoria to date may well have cost less in sovereigns than in pennies or most other denominations. Sovereigns usually turn up in relatively good condition, whereas most other denominations suffer from considerable wear. However more often than not our excellent advice was ignored, perhaps because it was free!
    The above is from a page I wrote in 1998, which you can find here:
    https://24carat.co.uk/collectingcoinsframe.html
    Nothing much has changed, except prices have gone up by a factor of about 90.
    Back then, we used to sell minty ones or scarce dates, mintmarks etc., for £5 each.
    If you think they all look the same, be sure to pick out any 1828, 1841, 1908-C, 1917-L (mintage 1,014,714), 1920-S, 1937 Edward VIII, 1953, and a whole load more. Send them to us, and we will give you at least 2-4-1. As they all look the same, you won't care! 🙂
    Actually, I like Victoria shields. Many of them have die cracks or die clashes, so even if you get two with the same date and die number, they are often different. It gets even more interesting to find two sovereigns of the same date, each with the same obverse die crack, but different die numbers on the reverse. Fascinating!, and that's from someone who has seen and owned literally millions of sovereigns.
     
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    dicker got a reaction from daca in 2006 Gold Proof Brunel The Man Bimetallic £2 Error - Two Halves Fell Apart   
    The irony is of course that one of Britains greatest engineers is celebrated with a less perfectly engineered gold coin...
    IKB would not be impressed!
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