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  1. Caratacus

    Gold coins

    The article was only for interest about attempted alloys - it was not about Plating/gold leaf etc My understanding is that Magnetic gold coins should always be treated with extreme suspicion I have no expertise in anything
  2. Thank you for showing these. Very interesting particularly the Brass ingot
  3. Words continue to fail - what was the point of this and the other police forces involved?
  4. Will the Government release the report on grooming gangs? For those with a concern this petition has appeared on the UK Gov website https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300239
  5. Caratacus

    Gold coins

    A similar question was raised in I Forge Iron Forum some years back - this might help a little although it does not refer directly to coins. I have copied one post but worth reading the discussion https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/19616-can-gold-be-added-to-steel/ I am a goldsmith and have done what you are asking but I added iron to the gold, a small amount of iron will turn the gold blue but it is real brittle and not useable in any way. I alloyed the gold with 25% iron to make an 18k alloy I used about 5 grams of gold. The blob that was left was like a anodized blue black color I melted it in an electric furnace covered in flux in an oxygen free envioronment. I used to piece as an inlay on a pendant the stuff could be broken by hand it was very week.
  6. Pre 1920's silver coins are very interesting... nice to have 1914-18 groups. I wonder what you could have bought for a florin in 1919 does anyone remember?
  7. I have recently been watching George Gammon who presents a very technical examination of current issues.... Lynette Zang of ITM is a good listen but she was a bit off the other day about the Triffin Dilema/Paradox .... ! A shame because it is a very important economic problem for the dollar ps. Has anyone started investing in "Uranium"??
  8. There are 10,000's of gold contracts in the financial markets which may already be potentially worthless ..... so careful because maybe that's what you'll end up with....?
  9. I was just thinking about this Sovereign- what a shock it would be to find it worthless!! However I would offer to buy it for scrap and then wait for the inevitable economic circle......... However ...... Back to real life ... what a lucky chap ..........
  10. I wonder what sort of story some of these older bars have behind them, particularly from some of the older banks/mines that no longer exist
  11. Nice George V Shieldback!! I can really see why you like these - good choice I really like it
  12. I agree it could do with a make over... maybe bring back the lance.....and turn the Dragon back into the EU......
  13. I guess you don't mean Turkish as they came from Xiongnu and invaded Anatolia and Armenia well after George had thrashed the dragons. Just about anyone else left in the land of the Hittites was the victim of one of the many Turkish genocides
  14. Will they try to remove St George from Sovereigns next?
  15. Very sorry to read about your grief over this-and thank you for bringing this con to our attention
  16. We do have a serious issue and that is differentiating between a) international jet-set liberalised/celebrity led manipulative climate change propaganda and b) the reality of real environmental catastrophe/s that are causing harm as we speak. For example dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic/heavy metals in the Pacific Ocean is unforgivable; or dumping blue asbestos in children's playgrounds; or mercury in rivers resulting in accumulations of organo-mercury in tuna etc. or indeed very obvious melting of the glaciers etc. Somehow mankind has to better steward this single habitable planet. But the super rich are too busy on their yachts to be concerned, the poor are busy working. I hate being talked down by the lunatics and febrile liberals; but I wish that a rational world leader (like Mrs Thatcher) would grasp the bull by the horns and offer a clear vision of where to go instead of the usual crass half hearted tripe we get. At the end of the day it seems to come down to how do you "alone" protect your "own" families future to the best of your ability in a very troubled world....
  17. People have forgotten that the last Western European famines, when Europeans starved to death (free citizens), occurred during the life time of some of the older members of this forum (sorry to sound grim). I agree with your comment about a bit of cheap Bulgarian farmland, even an acre will keep you and your family in basic grub-but totally unaffordable in England. Germany has the potential for significant internal problems (as do most liberalised European countries; with the exception of perhaps Poland/Hungary)
  18. This is an important issue that is little understood outside of specialist forestry fire services It is suggested that eucalyptus bark is so dense that the eucalyptus trees survive fires and regrow; whereas other trees do not recover; this means that eucalyptus spreads and increases the risk of further intense fires. This is a similar issue found with some of the intense fires in Portugal recently where eucalyptus is also grown
  19. I take your point about America being left behind as others devalue. Ironically the UK's devaluation has been forced on us by the EU's obstinacy at not playing cricket over Brexit; but hopefully the pound will recover after the January 31st celebrations...... There is an interesting video about China's position on gold and its likely ownership due to persistent accumulation by Dominic Frisby Money, Markets and other Matters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70MhywXK2pg
  20. I guess under Basel 4, the more currency produced for QE to support the banks means that the value of currency falls and banks need to buy more gold to offset the probability of further currency devaluation?
  21. Bit of a strange request but does anyone have a cheap little functional/reliable sovereign scale they don't want please. I am trying to show my 8yr old how to manage money and wanted to show her how to check her grandfathers sovereign on loan to her (would be devastated if it fails!!!). She is quite interested in history and while she is I want to ensure she gets a good grounding in understanding how to manage real money. I am told that Harrisons made them- are they still available?
  22. With the US/Eurozone/BofJ (and I understand both China and perhaps India) pumping money into their financial system (QE or treasury buybacks/repo support) it has to suggest that (amongst other things) some sort of Central Bank inflationary game is going on - particularly important if you have mega debts like the US or state pension schemes . Inflation means ultimately a devaluation of financial based assets. A big problem is the devaluation of pension assets and the unfunded social commitments that exist -one just needs to look at the UK's unfunded NHS pension system to see examples of potential defaults. When a sovereign cost £1 for our grandparents and is now nearly £300 the fiat system has proved consistently that paper does not maintain parity with the metals
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