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Britannia47

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  1. I am convinced both coins are 999.9 genuine. The photos can be misleading, with the refraction of light and shadow at different angles creating the illusion that the coins are different, especially with the intricate patterns/swirls on the fields. I have just checked 2 of my 2021 1oz Brits. from different dealers bought several months apart. One appeared slightly more yellow than the other, and both kept in plastic. Have you considered natural, but temporary discolouration which could be removed with a drop of 'Fairy Liquid' ? After use both of mine were immediately restored to the same colour. All 'pure' gold should look the same, but if the surface is unclean etc there may be perceived differences. Gold looks like Gold because basically it absorbs blue and violet in the spectrum, and reflects yellow and red, thus that lovely GOLD colour! ........
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    What's all the fuss about?! It's difficult to have any sympathy with anyone who believes this is a real sovereign, as no attempt has been made to make it look real, IMO. However, the obverse image of Queen Victoria with the long nose is remarkably similar to Marsh 360/361; the Sydney 1855/56 'Australia' sovereign engraved by James Wyon. This design was pretty awful as well, and 'failed to meet with approval' In 1857 it was redesigned by James' cousin Leonard Wyon. O.K. there's a bit of sour grapes here as I don't have one in my collection! Not sure I blame eBay entirely for this one.
  3. All U.K. proof sets, Sovereigns, Britannias and QBs are issued 'reverse' side up. That seems to be the norm. The 'obverse' is often seen as the boring side with the Queens head! The 1989 sovereign was the exception, whereby both sides were designed by Bernard Sindall, instead of Maklouf. Enjoy. B47
  4. I arranged my set that way! If you are careful, unscrewing the capsules, and holding the coin by the edge, you can flip them anyway you like. I usually 'turn' at least one coin to show both obverse and reverse. Your choice. I also fitted the blue ribbon to hold the COA. Relax!
  5. Hi Boys! Being as old as the Kalashnikov Rifle I am quitting whilst ahead. The latest offerings from the RM don't excite me anymore and neither does the price of gold. Only 2 sovereign types eluded me - an Edward VII Ottawa branch and the 1855/56 'Australia' James Wyon. My collection was never part of my investment plan, but is now, as a pension supplement should I need it. Only my 2 2021 Britannias are worth less but am too impatient to wait 'til they recover (not enough years left) Apologies to the dog - I am being buried at sea with all my gold! Enjoy your collections.
  6. Thanks. I started collecting gold in 1997, and was attracted to virtually everything; sovereigns, proof sets, and bullion. However, I never gave much thought to premiums etc, I simply paid the going price for whatever I fancied! Probably passed the 1 kilo mark in 2017, have now stopped collecting, but still enjoy looking and following the latest on the Forum. Being an old style collector I have never bought anything as an investment, but of course would make a substantial profit if sold. Terms such as flipping, stacking and 'exit strategies' were completely alien to me! I have never sold a single gold coin. Inadvertently, the medium to long term, if it was an investment, has worked for me without even noticing it. By buying what you like, you might be surprised in a few years.....! Cheers,
  7. Most of my gold collection, excluding silver, platinum, and numismatic...
  8. Found some interesting figures for the 1989 mintage/cost figures on a visit to the RM in 1998. The '89 half sov. was selling for £79.95 ex 10,000. By 1998 the price was £84.00 ex 7,500 a very small increase over 9 years. Full Sovereigns, including the 1989 were selling for £149 from 1983 to 1998 (15 years!) My first proof sovereign in 1997 was also £149 but to me that seemed expensive compared to £50 for a bullion sovereign and about £75 for a shield back. I believe the gold price had been very stable over this period at about $325 or so. Lastly, the full set was selling at £1150 with a mintage of 5000. However the secondary market was much lower. I paid £850 for the 4 coin set in 1997 which was the going price apparently. Lucky me perhaps! What is unusual, as already noted, is that the 1989 full sovereign is now more valuable than the double sovereign! Anyway here's a photo of the 4 coin set for reference.....
  9. Sorry, the QB 1oz coins passed me by, so don't feel in a position to advise one way or the other. Others on the Forum are probably better informed to help. Its certainly an attractive coin. If you are asking whether the 'Completer' is going to be worth more in a few years than a bog standard coin, its possible, but without a crystal ball....... Anyway thanks for asking.
  10. A few more 1oz coins. Take the advice given in Chards 'newbies' I would suggest the 2021 Bullion Britannia as a starter, then see how you feel, especially if you are on a budget. See line 1. The bottom line are proofs and much more expensive. As you can see Britannias have many different designs; the others are bullion (22ct) made from 'yellow gold' ie with silver in the alloy. The Krugerrand (30th Anniv.) 1997 is more reddish in colour containing 8.3% copper. You may want to think about accumulating gold in the medium to long term, rather than short term flipping etc. For this to happen patience is a virtue - believe me the years will fly by! Eg: the 'Philharmonika' from my first pic I bought from Chards in 2009 for £660 so I have more than doubled my money there. Most of the others were bought over 20 years ago for around £220 each. You do the maths. Good-luck
  11. Philly = 37mm dia. Maple = 30mm dia. (Feels like a compact coin) cf Britannia = 32.69 dia. Photo taken with Iphone 6 but that's as close as it gets! Ta.
  12. Here are a few !oz coins to chose from, ranging from the 900 gold Mexican 50 pesos to the Canadian 99999 Elk. My favourite has always been the 'Buffalo' Its great to handle and has something interesting on both sides of the coin!. The Krugerrand, Eagle and earlier Brits of course are 22ct. I prefer as many 9s as possible. Take your pick, but buy what you actually like. Cheers.
  13. Bought this 1994 5 coin set over 20 years ago. The coins came wrapped in a plastic strip, but as they were bullion/ proof-like I found this old box to keep them in... Reminds me of my 2011 visit to Chendu, the Panda breeding centre in China!. As I only paid £440 for the set, there may be benefits for collectors/stackers to think about the medium to long term as an investment, whatever gold coins you collect. It has certainly worked for me. Not keen on the newer 30g Pandas with 1.1gr less gold though.
  14. 'Superior golden colour'? Here's the original 1918 sovereign minted in Bombay v 2018 minted by PAMP in Delhi. - One made from red gold, the other from yellow gold. I know which one I prefer. 😃
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