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  1. I may be going off topic here, but I found it interesting and thought it might prove interesting to others. Apparently some political scientists conducted a study comparing non-violent and violent political campaigns since the year 1900, of which there were 323 at the time of the study. (I think it was sometime roughly around 2010.) Requirements were that the movement had at least 1,000 active members and they were deemed to have succeeded if their goal was achieved within one year of the event. Violent campaigns were completely successful 23% of the time, partially successful 10% of the time, and complete failures 67% of the time. Non-violent campaigns were completely successful 53% of the time, partially successful 27% of the time, and complete failures 20% of the time. Food for thought. Although of course this is worldwide and a violent or non-violent political campaign is going to look very different in a country like Turkey to a country like France, for example.
  2. I think the answer is rarely, if at all. I have had a quick Google and it looks like when an armed militia (or a lone gunman) takes an armed stance against the government (the US government at least) it pretty much always results in prison or death. Or a mixture of the two if there's more than one perpetrator involved.
  3. I definitely prefer smaller coins. The largest one I own is a double sovereign, and while the weight of a larger coin in your hand is undoubtedly satisfying, I have no intention of buying anything bigger than that that for the forseeable future. Three reasons really, - firstly I like to have variety in my collection/stack and by acquiring more, smaller coins I achieve greater variety than if I saved up for a 1oz coin, secondly to my mind it's more satisfying to have a pile of ten small coins than a smaller pile of say, three big ones. And finally, from a practical standpoint, being UK based the gold sovereign is my preferred gold coin so that naturally lends to my focusing on the smaller coins than the big 1-oz coins.
  4. The French rooster is a beautiful coin, restrike or not. Got my hands on a 1901 rooster last year, no regrets.
  5. Sparrow

    The coming Gold crash

    Yep. I think they bought something like 100 tonnes or more last year alone. As growth continues to slow and trade & geopolitical tensions increase, it's hardly surprising that a number of nations (such as China) will want to shield themselves from the risk of sanctions, trade wars, etc by converting their dollars into gold. (Even without a global pandemic.)
  6. Sparrow

    The coming Gold crash

    The gold price is going to decrease by 40%? With substantial risks to global growth and growing geopolitical uncertainty thanks in no small part to covid-19? In this era of low interest rates that has driven central banks to buy record levels of gold in 2018, 2019, and to in all probability break that record again this year? Doubtful. And that's putting it mildly.
  7. Would recommend that you check here. https://www.thesilverforum.com/forum/12-buy-sell-trade/ If you can't see what you are looking for then make a 'Wanted' post.
  8. Definitely. Long term the price pressure is still in favour of being on the upside. On the one hand if there's a second wave and countries have to shut down their economies again then that will make price rises more likely (not to mention the question of unemployment), and on the other hand if there is rapid economic recovery - with all the money that the central banks are pumping out how could that not be inflationary?
  9. A little bit here, a little bit there 👌
  10. I like your thinking, but...money. 😛
  11. A sharp dip in the gold price today, lost ~£40/oz at the time of writing. This will be due to either to the dollar strengthening on better than expected US jobs data, or because I bought gold yesterday. 😅
  12. Sparrow

    The coming Gold crash

    Here is a graph depicting central bank purchases of gold over the last two years. Suffice to say, I am not convinced by Wonger's arguments.
  13. I have received one coin this week which I had ordered from abroad on the 24th of April but I am still waiting on a coin that I ordered from a UK based company on that same date. Lol. Like @Clockpuncher said, it is very much pot luck apparently.
  14. And one day we'll look back on today's gold price longing for it to be this cheap again.
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