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Covid-19 and High Demand impacting gold & silver supply and deliveries

**Update 21 May 2020

The supply chain is improving each week as we see the gradual return of products into stock.

Mints are still operating on a reduced capacity basis so stock levels won’t return to normal in the immediate future.We’ll do our best to keep the availability up to date on the website.

Delivery times are longer than usual on many products, although some are available for immediate shipping. We’ve tried to indicate time estimates on the most popular products to provide a guideline. Please bear with us. Our reduced team are shipping large numbers of orders daily and expected deliveries aren’t set in stone.

Smaller gold bars (5-20g) are being delayed as Mints are prioritizing production of larger size bars due to the more intricate production requirements of the small wafers. Please be assured that you still lock your price in at the point of placing your order, regardless of delivery times.

**Update 28 Apr 2020 Deliveries Resumed

I’m writing to provide you with an update on deliveries for both outstanding orders and new ones.

We began the process of resuming deliveries on 27th April after careful restructuring to comply with Covid-19 distancing rules and to protect our staff.

We’d like to thank our customers for their incredible patience, support and understanding during this period.  We’re glad to say that if you’ve place an order, your coin or bar order will be on its way to you soon.

Our team are working tirelessly to get through the huge backlog from the past 2 months. Please bear in mind that we’re working at a reduced capacity so this process will take some time.

New supply is now starting to filter through, but at a reduced rate, so products should gradually start to come back into stock over the coming weeks. If you’re keen to buy products currently out of stock, please click into the product, click ‘Notify me when back in stock’ and enter your email. This provides the best chance of purchasing highly sought after items like silver bars.

Due to staffing levels and volume, we’re unable to confirm individually when orders will be shipped, but rest assured, you’ll receive email notification once your order has been despatched. We’ll work through orders by date received.

Please try to refrain from contacting us for despatch information as this will slow the mammoth task ahead.

– Orders placed from 20th Mar during deferred delivery period

These orders have already begun to be despatched and we expect all orders to be cleared within 4 weeks.

– New orders

We aim to despatch any new orders within 2-4 weeks. As usual, your price will be locked in at the point of ordering and honoured.

 

We’ll do our utmost to meet these time estimates, but as with all things Covid, we’re not entirely sure what the near future holds, so we’ll continue to monitor the situation.

Thank you again for your patience and support.

 

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**Update 23 Mar 2020

Any orders now placed on the site will not be despatched until we resume our regular shipping service. We cannot provide a timeframe for when this will be. Your price will be locked in and we guarantee delievry of products, but only when the system is able to restart.

As normal there is no statutory right to cancel an order once placed under the Financial Services (Distance Marketing) Regulations 2004. This is because the goods we supply are dependent on fluctuations in financial markets.

In stock items

You will be able to place an order for items classed as ‘In stock’ during this period. This will lock in your price and secure your allocation. You can select either storage or delivery, however, delivery will be on a deferred basis, once we’re able to resume normal activity.

*Certain items including gold bars will only show as in stock Mon-Fri between 8am and 5pm due to severe market volatility*

Out of stock items

Click on the button ‘Notify me when back in stock’ to receive an immediate automated email notification once stock come back in to be the first to secure your order.

16 Mar 2020

Business & Delivery Update

At this unprecedented time, we’re currently experiencing record demand for gold and silver products at Physical Gold.

Record numbers of orders are impacting our ususal business service and speed at which orders can be despatched.

Our team are working hard to manage incoming calls, orders and stocks, so we applologise for any delays in answering your queries or deliveries.

Supply

The Covid-19 virus is causing disruption and delays to our supply chain, impacting our ability to replenish stocks in a timely manner. All major mints and producers are also suffering disruption, which when combined with record demand, is leading to many products being temporarily out of stock.

We are doing everything we can to replenish stock quickly, but some items may not be supplied for an extended period.

Deliveries

Silver deliveries are currently experiencing a delay of approximately 3 weeks. Rest assured, once an order is placed, your price and supply is locked in and metals secured.

Gold deliveries are shorter, with an estime of 3-7 days.

 

We appreciate your support and custom during these testing times.

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What Types of Gold Investment are there?

Gold Investment

Gold has remained on top of the league tables as an investable asset class. It is considered by many to be a safe haven that hedges investor risks during times of trouble. Apart from this, the yellow metal has remained attractive as it generates steady returns over the long-term. Over the years, the industry has created different avenues for gold investment.

The different types of gold investments

There is now a raft of different gold investment types. Physical gold coins and bars provide maximum security and peace of mind but can be expensive if traded regularly. Electronic gold such as ETFs and online fractional ownership provide exposure to the gold market at smaller premiums but present some counterparty and leverage risks. Ownership of gold mining shares presents a slightly different investment risk but offers the potential for greater upside (and downside) if the company outperforms the market. Gold funds such as the Blackrock Gold & General spread the risk of share ownership amongst many mining companies but have ongoing management fees.

What Types of Gold Investment are there?
Physical gold provides safety to investors

Physical gold as an investment

It is a proven fact that human beings love to own gold in its physical state. There are certain advantages to this. Firstly, investments in gold bars and coins do not carry counterparty risks. When you buy any paper-based investment, such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds or derivatives, you open yourself up to counterparty risks. This is simply the risk of the underperformance of the company that issued the investment paper. When global stock markets are in turmoil, stocks of even blue-chip companies can crash. The value of your investment erodes considerably in no time and can even become worthless.
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In this respect, gold provides you safety, as there is no counterparty involved. The only risk you face is that of safe storage. Of course, you must ensure that the precious metals you buy are delivered to you via an insured courier. You then need to make arrangements for storing them safely at home. This could mean investing in a purpose-built, robust safety vault. Such vaults can even be installed into the floorboards of your home, rendering them difficult to detect. Alternatively, you could opt for storage provided by a reputed dealer. In this case, please ensure that your gold is segregated and stored in an approved commercial vault, where it is free from damage, tampering or theft.

What Types of Gold Investment are there?
Gold mining companies issue stocks as a gold-related investment

Exchange-traded funds

A forum of paper gold investment is an exchange-traded fund (ETF). These funds issue you certificates for ownership of gold, without you actually owning it. However, you are once again faced with the issue of counterparty risk. Many companies that issue ETFs do not have sufficient gold reserves to back up the number of certificates they have issued. As a result, they may not be able to fulfil their payouts if several investors try to cash in their certificates due to the market crisis.

Gold mining shares

Mining shares are essentially shares issued by mining companies that did out gold from the Earth. By issuing these shares, they raise money from the capital markets, which funds their operations and capital purchase of equipment. But, like any other equity shares you may invest in, the performance of these shares and the returns they generate are dependent on numerous factors. Yields from the mines may slow down, resulting in the devaluation of the stock. The overall performance of the business itself can be a critical factor. Also, the state of the capital markets has an impact on the share value of these companies. So, as you can see there are myriad risks attached to these investments.

Talk to the experts at Physical Gold before planning your gold investments

Our gold market experts can help you make sound decisions when planning your investments. If you prefer to hold physical gold, our team can guide you on which bars and coins to buy and when. Call us on (020) 7060 9992 or simply get in touch with us online before investing your money into the market.
 
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What’s the Value of Silver Britannia Coins?

Silver Britannia value

The silver Britannia has been around since 1997. The coin had a fineness of 95.8% during its original issue. It was a 1-ounce silver coin that mirrored the design and elements of the original gold Britannia, which was launched 10 years earlier. Due to the popularity of the gold Britannia, the Royal Mint decided to start minting the same coin in silver. By 2013, the purity of the silver Britannia had been increased to 99.9%. This was basically 24 carats fine silver with a purity of 999.9. Needless to say, the coin became extremely popular. It was easily available and its sales skyrocketed.

Design elements

The silver Britannia features the classic image of the Britannia icon on its reverse. This is a classic British icon, which may have originally been conceived as early as Roman times. Britannia is shown as a goddess warrior carrying a shield and a trident. The image represents the spirit and bravery of the people of Britain. The design of the silver Britannia was created by Jody Clark. The coin features an image of our reigning Queen, Elizabeth II on its obverse.

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There have been changes in design across different issues of the coin, in different weights and dimensions. In some issues, we can see the warrior riding a chariot, or sitting with a lion. Some coins feature close-ups and other design elements. The Royal Mint has also minted numerous special editions of the coin, including one which features an oriental border and the 30th-anniversary edition in 2017. All of these are popular with investors and collectors alike.

What’s the Value of Silver Britannia Coins?
This silver Britannia coin from 2008 shows the Britannia icon with a shield

The value of the coin

The value of this coin is primarily based on the underlying silver price. Unless the coin is a collector’s edition, the Britannia coins can be sold for around or just under the 1oz silver spot price. The silver spot price can rise and fall daily and is linked to 30th-anniversary variables which affect the supply, demand and ultimately price of silver. Since the coin is mass-produced and available easily, premiums are extremely low. In addition to this, good discounts are available from many dealers on bulk purchases. This allows investors entry into the precious metals market at a low price point.

Moreover, there are predictions that the price of silver may go up in future. The demand for silver is rising due to several industrial applications. At the same time, the production of silver has fallen over the years. These factors lead experts to believe that a price rise is imminent. If this happens, investors who have purchased silver Britannia coins today could make a windfall gain.

A tax-efficient investment

Another factor that adds to the value of silver Britannias is its tax efficiency. As the coin is legal tender in the UK, they are capital gains tax exempt. This means that substantial tax savings can be generated when booking profits during the sale of your investment. Clearly, it increases the value of the coin.

Call our silver experts to receive guidance when buying these coins

The silver Britannia presents an excellent investment opportunity to acquire 1 ounce of pure silver at a great price point. There are many other versions with a variety of that dimensions, including fractional issues that can be purchased. Call our silver experts at Physical Gold Limited today on (020) 7060 9992 or drop us an email if you’re interested in investing in silver Britannia coins.

 

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How to buy Gold and Silver Safely?

Buying gold and silver

Gold and silver are the go-to precious metals for investors building their portfolios. The two metals have different attributes and prices in the market. If you’re an investor making your initial foray into the precious metals market, silver could be an excellent choice. This is because the white metal is currently more than 85 times cheaper than gold. So, affordability becomes a key factor.

Silver – a great opportunity

It’s also important to note that silver prices have a degree of volatility. But there are speculations that silver is destined to rise over the next few years. According to the experts, this is likely to happen simply because of the growing demand for silver in numerous industries and dwindling supplies. This can eventually cause a great spike in silver prices.

Gold delivers stability and value

Gold has historically been a precious metal that has stoically delivered good returns. PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUOf course, it is considered to be a safe haven for investors in times of economic crisis. As international capital markets implode, the price of gold has already crossed $1600 per ounce. Even at these high prices, several investors are choosing to pull their money out of capital markets and invest in gold. But, how can one buy these precious metals safely?

Safety considerations

There are 2 main safety considerations when buying gold and silver. Firstly, it’s a risk to ensure the gold and silver are authentic, of high quality and priced correctly. Buying gold and silver from a reputable precious metals dealer will safeguard against this. Next, there’s a risk that you could be targeted for robbery if you take possession of the gold or silver. Either opting for insured delivery to your home or professional vaulting services will protect from this.

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Investors should always buy gold coins from a reputed dealer

Authenticity can be ascertained in many ways. If you are investing in gold bars, there are a few steps that you can take to ensure that the gold is genuine. Gold bars will always carry a stamp from the refinery, which can be found engraved on the face of the bar. All genuine bars will also carry a number that denotes its purity. For example, if the bar has been manufactured with 24-carat gold that has 99.9% purity, the bar will display the purity number as 999.9. But, many of these features can also be duplicated by criminals. So, it’s important to purchase your gold from a reputed dealer who offers documentation to prove that gold is genuine and also has a buyback scheme.

Safe storage

If you choose to accept delivery of your gold at home and intend to store it on the premises, make sure you get a purpose-built home safe. These can be installed in your home and concealed in a way that makes it difficult for robbers to find it. On the other hand, if you choose to store your gold with your dealer, always ensure that your gold is being held securely in an LBMA approved vault. The dealer should provide you certificates that name you as the owner. Additionally, your gold should be segregated and stored.


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More steps to ensure safe buying

There are a few more steps that you can take to protect yourself. Avoid buying from online auction sites like eBay. There is no way to confirm whether the precious metals being sold are genuine. Never buy your silver or gold from individuals or dealers, without checking their reputation first. A list of registered precious metal traders can be found on the BNTA website.

Call Physical Gold to buy precious metals safely

A hassle-free way to ensure that the gold and silver you’re buying is genuine is to call the Physical Gold team of investment experts. You can reach them on (020) 7060 9992 or contact us online. You can rest assured that you’re buying genuine products at all times.

 

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What are Britannia gold coins?

Gold Britannia coins

Britannia gold coins are a 1oz fine coin produced by The UK Royal Mint. Its purity is 999.9 (increased from 22 carats from 2013) and it has a face value of £100. It’s minted in bullion and proof finishes, fractional sizes, silver and now platinum. It was launched in 1987 to compete with the South African Krugerrand and has now become one of the best value investment coins available, especially as it is Capital Gains Tax-free in the UK.

Flagship Royal Mint coin

It has gained repute internationally as a flagship British coin. Many investors and collectors build their portfolios with the Britannia as a backbone. The Britannia gold coins contained a single troy ounce of 24-carat gold. As discussed above, it denotes a value of £100. The silver version of the Britannia is a coin that displays a face value of 2 pounds. Like its gold counterpart, the silver Britannia has one Troy ounce of pure silver. The iconic coin has two sides and displays the image of the reigning monarch on the obverse. So, gold and silver Britannia coins that are currently minted will all have an image of our reigning Queen, Elizabeth II.

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On the reverse of the coin, one sees the classic image of Britannia. The silver Britannia was issued since 1997 and the design on its obverse was created by Jody Clark. The Britannia image itself on both silver and gold coins (since 1987), was designed by Philip Nathan. It is considered to be one of the most liquid gold coins in the market and its great global repute has ensured that gold Britannia coins are easily saleable at any point in time.

What are Britannia gold coins?
The Royal Mint issued the gold Britannia in 1987

Variety in sizes

Since 1987, the gold Britannia has been available in four different sizes. They are – one, half, quarter, and 1/10 of an ounce. This is an added bonus as it adds variety to the coin. In fact, since 2013, the coin is available in many more sizes, including a large 5-ounce coin. This large coin has become attractive to investors as it delivers a greater amount of gold at a lower price per gram.

Newer Britannias offer better deals

In terms of its value in gold, the new Britannia coins are a better bet. Firstly, the newer coins are abundantly available in the marketplace. Therefore, premiums are quite low. Secondly, many dealers are willing to offer bulk discounts for larger purchases. These factors ensure that you can buy these coins at bargain prices. In the process, you’ll ensure that you make good profits by getting in cheaper and selling at higher prices in the long term.

What are Britannia gold coins?
The Britannia image is featured on the reverse of every gold Britannia coin

Some special issues are also available

The Royal Mint celebrates different occasions and dates in British history by issuing a commemorative coin. Of course, the gold Britannia has also enjoyed many special issues. One of the more recent special editions was the 30th-anniversary gold issue, which was priced at £1048 in 2017. Another special issue worthy of mention is the 8mm coin. This is a proof coin, which is considered to be the smallest Britannia ever minted. The coin contains 1/40 parts of an ounce of gold. The mintage was only 1500 coins and is very desirable to collectors.

Call Physical Gold to buy gold Britannias today

The gold investment specialists at physical gold can provide you with guidance on which Britannia gold coins you should buy, at what price and when. Do call our team on (020) 7060 9992 or get in touch with us online to discuss your gold Britannia purchases today.

 

 

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