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Gold Britannia Coins FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Gold Britannia coins are popular with numismatists and investors alike. We frequently receive questions about these popular coins, so have prepared this page of gold Britannia coins FAQs with answers, which we hope helps you with your research.

What are the cheapest Britannia gold coins?

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How do I sell Britannia gold coins?

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Are gold Britannias legal tender?

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Are gold Britannias a good investment?

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Gold Britannia vs Sovereign

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Buy the Gold Britannia coin directly from Physical Gold Limited

Was Britannia on Roman coins?

Britannia has actually appeared on Roman coins since 119 AD. The practice of using the persona of an authoritative female to portray a nation has existed for hundreds of years. When the Romans invaded Britain, they used the depiction of Britannia to signify the colonised country on their coins.

Can you get Platinum Britannia coins?

We have provided a separate blog post to answer this question, please see https://www.physicalgold.com/insights/can-you-get-platinum-britannia-coins.

Should I buy old or new Britannia coins?

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What is the value of Britannia gold coins?

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Which years does Britannia face left?

There is no pattern to which way Britannia faces on the reverse of UK coins and this adds to the collectability. Examples of Britannia facing to the left include the 2001 ‘Una & The Lion’ Britannia and the 2005 Philip Nathan designed coin which features a seated Britannia.

Who is Britannia on the coins?

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What are Britannia gold coins?

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How to buy gold Britannia coins?

The best place to buy Gold Britannias is directly from a reputable bullion dealer. Most will have online stores where Britannias can be bought with a variety of payment methods and delivery is usually free, insured, and quick. These sites usually feature live pricing which updates with the spot price every 60 seconds. Bullion dealers should be members of the BNTA to ensure trustworthiness.

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Gold Bars FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

We receive a lot of questions about gold bars. For convenience, we have summarised some of the most popular questions we receive in this handy gold bars FAQs with answers guide, which we hope helps with your investment questions.

Are gold bars a good investment?

Bars of gold are a good long term investment to provide balance and protection from economic downturns. The value tends to rise during times of political and economic instability and has averaged more than the inflation rate over time. Large bars offer better value than smaller ones, although divisibility should be a consideration. To be Capital Gains Tax-free, buying UK gold coins offers an alternative.

Are gold bars illegal?

Owning bars of gold is completely legal. The question arises due to a period in US history just after the great depression in 1933 when the US Government issued a decree making it illegal to hold gold in the form of gold bullion without a unique warrant. Any gold owned privately could be confiscated in an attempt to stabilise the floundering economy. This lasted until 1974, and all restrictions have been rescinded since 1 Jan 1975.

Are gold bars traceable?

Unlike financial securities such as equities and bonds, there is no requirement to formally register gold bar ownership. Electronic gold ownership such as ETFs would be more easily traceable as an ownership register exists which is why so many investors prefer the physical, tangible nature of bars of gold.

Are gold bars 24 carats?

Generally, all bars sold by gold dealers will be 24 carats in purity. However, not all sold globally are 24 carats. The term ‘bar’ really only refers to the format of the physical gold. You should not assume that purity is automatically 24 carats. Many mined on the African continent are only 22 carats, which make them difficult to sell outside of Africa. Often these bars are melted down and used for jewellery.

Are gold bars taxable?

Gold 24 carat bars are not taxable when purchased in the UK. They benefit from a VAT exemption on investment gold (gold in the form of a coin or bar with a minimum of 995/1000 parts gold). Therefore, sub-grade 22-carat versions would be taxable. When bars are sold, any gains should be declared and are applicable for Capital Gains Tax if the annual allowance is breached.

Are gold bars registered?

The production of bars of gold is registered with the relevant assayer, and a serial number recorded. However, there does not need to be a register of private buyers. Gold dealers will need to invoice buyers and keep records, but these are not publicly available.

Are gold bars soft?

They are hard to the touch. But due to their high purity (24 carats), they are relatively soft in metal terms. Pure gold is malleable, so have a major possibility of scratching due to this. This is the reason why Sovereigns coins are produced in 22 carat format, which is deemed a more robust alloy.

Are gold bars tax free?

They are VAT free if they are 24 carats in purity due to the VAT exemption on investment-grade gold. There is no income tax when holding them, and Capital Gains tax will only be applied on any gains in value upon sale that surpass your annual allowance. Investors should sell bars strategically that have increased in value, i.e., some either side of tax year end will deem the bars tax free.

Are gold bars worth buying?

They are worth buying if you seek a tangible asset with no counterparty risk. Physical ownership is beneficial to provide balance to a portfolio consisting of mainly paper assets. The value can go up and down and is related to the underlying gold price. The gold price generally moves up in times of uncertainty so is desirable for those seeking a hedge against unstable markets.

Are gold bars pure gold?

Most bars are 24 carat gold which is the highest carat possible. Some bars on the African continent are a lower purity of 22 carats. The 24 carat bars are referred to as pure gold, but technically they are not 100% pure. Purity can be anywhere from 995 parts per 1,000 upwards, but most reputable bar producers make bars of 999.9 purity.

This 1oz bar from Metalor is clearly marked as 999.9 purity and is available to buy from Physical Gold Limited
This 1oz bar from Metalor is clearly marked as 999.9 purity and is available to buy from Physical Gold Limited

Gold bars vs bullion

The terms gold bullion and bars are somewhat interchangeable. Both generally refer to 24 carat gold in the form of a rectangular bar. However, bullion is also a term used to describe the ‘investment finish’ of certain coins. Bullion coins are minted for value purposes as opposed to proof finish coins which are more expensive collector’s items.

Are gold bars real?

It is easier for fraudsters to fake or add non-gold substances to bars than coins. This is because the design of a coin is far more complex and difficult to copy. The best place to buy is from a trusted gold dealer, where they tightly control their supply network. All genuine bars should also come with serial numbers and many with a certificate from the mint.

Are gold bars heavy?

This all depends on the size of the gold bar. Due to its high value, most people are surprised by quite how small and light a bar £1,000 will buy you. However, as a dense metal, the larger buys can be very heavy. For instance, the largest is 400 ounces or 12.5kg but are smaller than a standard brick which weighs a mere 3.5kg.

Gold coins or bars for investment?

Gold coins are generally deemed to be a better investment than gold bars, as long as you buy the right ones. Buying gold coins offers more divisibility than bars, benefit from quantity discounts, can be easier to sell, and be Capital Gains Tax-free. Of course, the investment objectives and investment amount will also determine which is best.

How are gold bars made?

They can be made in 2 distinct ways. Generally smaller bars tend to be minted, whereby a sheet of gold is stamped and cut into the required size, shape, and weights. These minted bars tend to be exceptionally clean looking with a smooth precise finish. For larger bars, a second method is used to create what is known as cast bars. Molten gold is poured into set size moulds to produce ingots. The finish of these tends to be more natural and rougher.

How do I buy gold bars?

It is best to buy directly from a precious metals dealer. Prices will be transparent and based on the live market. Usually, discounts are offered for purchasing bars in quantity. You benefit from the peace of mind knowing your investment is genuine and high quality and you will have a place to sell the bars when the time comes.

How do I sell gold bars?

It is best to sell bars through a reputable gold dealer. In the UK, stick to a gold broker who is a member of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA). Try to ensure you have the bar certificate if it is loose. It is possible to take bars into jewellers, but they will likely pay a lower price as they will simply melt down the bar.

Gold bars versus ETF

Both Gold ETFs and bars have their value linked to the underlying gold price, so they both provide a degree of balance to mainstream assets. Bars benefit from having no counterparty risk whereas gold ETFs can be leveraged and there are additional risks associated with the provider. Buy/sell margins are tighter with ETFs due to their electronic efficiency. Fees may exist with both investments, ETF management fees, and gold bar storage costs.

How much are gold bars worth?

The value of a gold bar depends on the underlying gold price and the weight of the bar. The approximate value of the bar can be calculated by multiplying the current gold price in grams by the weight in grams in the bar. As most bars are 24 carats, pure gold), no other sums are needed. The actual price will likely be slightly lower by a couple of percent depending on supply and demand in the market.

Should I buy gold bars without a certificate?

We would recommend that all bars of gold should have an accompanying certificate. This certificate will come from the refiner and will prove that strict quality control standards set by the LBMA have been met. The certificate will provide a serial number, proof of authenticity and will have the place of origin on it.

Gold bars vs coins

Unless buying a substantial quantity of gold, choosing the right gold coins can be a better investment than bars. Bars can command lower premiums when large in size, but coins benefit from being more divisible. UK coins have the added advantage of being free from Capital Gains Tax for UK residents, and older coins provide more historical interest than bars.

When to buy gold bars?

As an investment, buy bars when the gold price is low to enjoy capital appreciation when the gold price rises. Prices tend to rise during times of Dollar weakness and general economic instability. So, do not wait for the economy to slump as the gold price would already have risen. Buying gold in good times and selling in bad times will reap the biggest profits.

When to sell gold bars?

It is best to sell bars in the middle of an economic crisis as the price will likely be the highest. Gold is sought as a safe haven in these times, so demand goes up and the price of gold follows. This directly impacts the price you can fetch for your gold bar.

Gold bars versus Krugerrands

Bars of gold can be cheaper per gram to buy than Krugerrands if bought in a large size like 1kg. However, Krugerrands are a good value coin, so the gain is minimal. An advantage of Krugerrands is that you can sell one coin or a handful whenever you need to. Owning one large gold bar does not allow this. Buying lots of smaller bars is expensive.

Buy a 1kg Metalor gold bar from Physical Gold Limited
Buy a 1kg Metalor gold bar from Physical Gold Limited

What gold bars should I buy?

If you are seeking investment, then try to buy the cheapest 24 carat bar possible. Premiums are paid for certain brands, especially from Switzerland, or enhanced packaging, but these premiums may not be recouped upon sale. Pre-owned gold bars can be bought cheaply, just ensure they have a certificate and buy from a reputable gold dealer.

Can gold bars be confiscated?

In the UK, bars can only be confiscated if they are linked to money laundering or crime. In the US, under current federal laws, gold bullion can technically be confiscated in times of crisis, but rare coins do not fall into the confiscation category. All privately-held bullion could be confiscated during the Executive order 6102 after 1933, but that expired by 1975.

Can I buy gold bars at my bank?

Very few banks sell gold these days as they have many other revenue streams and gold is deemed to be a specialist area. To purchase bars, it would probably be best to go to a reputable gold dealer to benefit from extensive choice, guidance, and general good advice about the timing of purchasing and selling.

Do all bars of gold have serial numbers?

All bars over 250g should have a serial number on them. This serial number helps an assay office authenticate the gold bullion. Generally, this serial number will be on your invoice, so it can be traced back to your dealer.

Gold versus silver bars

Silver bars are clearly far more affordable than bars of gold due to the price differential of around 80:1. This means that buying a bar for £3,000 can be underwhelming for those expecting a large brick-like bar. In contrast, a huge 5kg silver bar cost less than £2,500. Due to the low silver price, the relative production cost is higher than for gold, so bid/offer spreads are wider. Both bars can be held as safe havens, but the value of silver can also go up with industrial demand.

5kg bars like this Umicore bar are available from Physical Gold Limited
5kg bars like this Umicore bar are available from Physical Gold Limited

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Silver Britannia Coins FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Silver Britannia coins have become a popular investment vehicle for investment in silver. Regularly we are asked questions about these coins, so have summarised some of the most popular questions and provided answers in this silver Britannia coins FAQs guide.

Are silver Britannia coins a good investment?

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How to buy Britannia silver coins

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What are Britannia Silver coins?

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What is the value of Britannia silver coins?

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Is there a limit on Britannia silver coins mintage?

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How do I sell silver Britannia coins?

As a popular investment coin, the easiest and safest way to sell them is to a reputable precious metals dealer. This enables you to agree on a competitive price with the dealer, send them your coins, and receive payment quickly. An alternative is to sell privately where collectors may pay a premium. However, this can be fraught with danger.

Buy and sell silver Britannia coins with Physical Gold Limited
Buy and sell silver Britannia coins with Physical Gold Limited

Are Britannia silver coins legal tender?

Absolutely, they are legal tender within the UK. They possess the requirements of featuring the monarch’s bust and a face value, £2 in the case of the 1oz version. In theory, you could use it to buy goods up to the value of £2 in a UK shop, however, the silver content alone, makes the coin worth many times that. In practice, the legal tender status increases the coins’ appeal as an investment as this qualifies it as tax-free.

Silver Britannias vs American Eagle

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Any more questions? Speak to us at Physical Gold Limited

We always welcome enquiries, so if you have any further questions about silver coins, including Britannias then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call Physical Gold Limited on 020 7060 9992 or complete our contact form to start discussions.

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Silver Coins FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

We are frequently asked questions about silver coins. This is why we have created this silver coins FAQs page, which is full of questions with model answers.

Are silver coins a good investment?

We have prepared a detailed article to answer this question, please visit by clicking here to learn more.

The American Eagle is an example of a popular silver investment coin
The American Eagle is an example of a popular silver investment coin

Is silver coinage magnetic?

Genuine coins made from silver are not magnetic. With purity of popular silver investment coins such as Britannias close to 100%, only replica (fake!) coins will be magnetic. Coins made with far lower purities of silver, mainly mixing in steel or iron will show signs of magnetism, so should be avoided. Non-magnetism does not guarantee that the coin is silver though. Metals filled with a core of non-silver will likely not be magnetic either.

Are silver coins worth anything?

Yes, their value is a combination of the underlying silver price, their weight, and the coin’s rarity and desirability. Generally, a silver coin will sell for around 96-98% of the current silver value for its weight. So, a 1oz coin may fetch around £11 or so. If the coin is part of a limited issue and demand is higher, the value is likely to be 5-10% higher.

When to sell silver coins?

It is advised to hold coins for the long term and always hold a portion of your wealth in silver as a balance and hedge against market downturns. Having said that, the amount you hold can vary according to market conditions and the silver price. Timing will depend on the price and time you bought them (was the market high or low), your need to liquidate and the current silver price. Buying low and selling high is the ideal scenario!

Are silver coins legal tender?

Yes, they are legal tender in their country of issue if they possess a face value. In the UK, Silver Britannias and other Royal Mint issued coins have face values and can, in theory, be used in shops. But this would be an uneconomical choice. With a face value of 2 Pounds, the silver content alone is worth at least five times that. Instead, the legal tender status helps silver investors as any capital gains made upon selling the coins are free from tax.

Will silver coins go up in value?

We have provided a detailed answer to this question, at this separate page.

Silver rounds vs coins

Choosing silver coins vs silver rounds will depend (ultimately) upon your objectives. Silver rounds can generally be bought at lower prices for their weight as they are produced by private companies rather than national mints. With less liquidity, rounds are likely to be sold as scrap in the future. Certain legal tender coins are also CGT free, so any profits are tax exempt.

How to store silver coins?

The best way is first to keep them in the plastic capsules or tunes they arrived in. If they came loose, then purchase some coin tubes. Large orders of 250 coins or more can come in monster boxes of 20 tubes or more and can help with neat stacking. Try to handle your coins as little as possible. Placing carbon pieces from a pet shop in the box can help prevent the hydrogen sulphide from tarnishing the coins.

Silver coins can be stored in boxes like this one available from Physical Gold Limited
Silver coins can be stored in boxes like this one available from Physical Gold Limited

Will a silver coin purify water?

Silver acts as a preserver for many substances. As a colloidal metal, it can help prevent diseases and be anti-bacterial. Certainly, adding a clean silver coin to some water will help with its purity. However, simply dropping a silver coin into a glass of dirty water will not rid it of all its nasty elements.

What silver investor coins should I collect?

We have written a detailed and dedicated blog article on this topic. Click here to read our full answer.

Where can I buy silver investment coins?

Read our detailed article, where we explore this topic here.

Are silver bullion coins worth buying?

Currently, they are incredibly cheap relative to their historical ratio to gold. This would suggest that their value is set to rise in the future. Coins offer superb divisibility rather than buying silver bars but still offer quantity discounts. UK coins can be CGT free, which foreign silver bars and coins cannot. With industrial demand for silver in computers on the rise, the future looks bright for silver.

Silver bars like this one above do not offer the tax advantages that UK silver coins do
Silver bars like the one above do not offer the tax advantages that UK silver coins do

What silver bullion coins are worth the most?

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Are coins made from silver pure silver?

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Can you buy silver coins at a bank?

The number of banks offering a retail service is dwindling. It is now only possible to buy from certain banks such as Scotiabank in some countries, but not in the UK. This is because the banks do not want to commit the necessary resource for dealing in precious metals. For this reason, many banks who can source your silver coins from, will not buyback. The price they sell at will be relatively high, reflecting their lack of appetite for the business.

Why do silver coins tarnish?

A natural by-product of silver is its reaction to chemicals and humidity in the air. Tarnishing occurs when the silver atoms encounter oxygen, forming a silver oxide. Unlike rust, this protective layer does not infiltrate into the silver. Tarnishing, also known as toning, can be removed by using a coin cleaning solution and minimised by keeping coins in airtight containers.

Silver coins vs face value

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Are silver proof coins a good investment?

We have provided a detailed answer to this question, at this separate page.

Will a silver coin keep milk from spoiling?

Placing a silver coin into milk will delay the time it takes to go off. The coin has to be 99.9% pure rather than a lower mix alloy to work. The natural anti-bacterial qualities of colloidal silver will not prevent the milk from spoiling entirely but can prolong its life for 5-10 days. Infact, before refrigeration, silver was used regularly to achieve longer life milk and keep water pure.

Are silver bars or coins better?

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Gold coins vs silver as an alternative

Silver is far cheaper than gold, making it more accessible to the modest investor. The current price ratio between the two metals is at its widest point in history, suggesting silver has far more potential upside. Gold acts more like a classic safe haven to protect investors in economic downturns. While silver also acts in a similar way it also benefits from industrial demand due to its conductive qualities. Silver can be more volatile and dealer spreads are slightly wider than the gold market.

Are silver coins in circulation?

Our 50p and 5p coins are known as silver. However, they no longer contain any silver at all. Instead, they consist of cupronickel, a mix of nickel and copper. This is far cheaper and more resilient than using silver. Silver investment coins like the Britannia consist of 99.99% pure silver. While they have a face value, they are not actively in circulation. In theory, you can legally spend this coin in the shops, but its £2 face value is less than a fifth of its silver value.

Will vinegar clean silver coins?

Vinegar can be used to clean non-valuable coins but is not recommended for pure silver coinage. The use of vinegar could lower the value of the coin. The best bet to clean is with warm soapy water. Avoid using a brush as silver can be soft and scratch. Instead, use a cloth and fingers to rub any dirt away after soaking.

What are silver coins made of?

Silver investment coins are made from pure silver (99.99% purity usually). Silver currency coins such as the fifty pence piece or 5p are made from a mixture of nickel and copper. The alloy consists of 75% copper and 25% nickel, which when combined form a resilient metal known as cupronickel. UK coins were made from 92.5% sterling silver until 1920 and then this reduced to around 50% purity until 1947. Cupronickel was introduced in 1971.

Are silver eagle coins a good investment?

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How do I sell silver investment coins?

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What silver bullion coins to invest in?

The best coins to invest in for UK investors are the Royal Mint produced coins. The silver Britannia should form the backbone of the investment as the standard coin is cheap but very liquid. Combining this with some more limited issue coins such as the Queen’s Beasts and Lunar series will provide portfolio balance and create the chance to benefit from these coins rising in value quicker due to limited issue. All UK Silver manufactured coins have the advantage of being Capital Gains Tax-free.

Certain silver coins like this 1 oz Marvel's Thor Silver Coin 2018 are highly collectable
Certain silver coins like this 1 oz Marvel’s Thor Silver Coin 2018 are highly collectable

Will banks buy silver coins?

Your average high street bank will not buy them from you. It is possible they would exchange the coins for their face value but that would be a foolish strategy as these values fall well short of the actual value. It is far better to seek the help of a reputable silver dealer who specialises in precious metals and will pay well for them as they can sell them on to other customers.

Can silver coins conduct electricity?

In theory, yes, they can conduct electricity. But we are only talking about the pure silver investment coins that contain 99.9% silver. Silver is by far the most conductive of all elements, to the point, where all other metals are benchmarked against silver to gauge conductivity. Silver currency coins that contain no silver at all will conduct electricity at a far lower level.

Where to sell silver coins?

If you have old coins with a value far greater than their simple silver weight, then sell them through an auction of a specialist dealer. Silver dealers will provide the best price and trustworthy service. If you have time on your hands, then you can try selling privately through portals such as eBay, but this poses risks. For scrap coins, local jewellers are easy to sell to but be prepared for low prices.

Silver coins proof vs uncirculated

Silver uncirculated coins are recommended for investors. They are far cheaper than proof coins so you can get more silver for your money. Silver dealers will not pay much more for silver proof coins when you come to sell. If you are a coin collector, then proof coins can add a higher sense of finish and exclusivity to the coin.

How do I clean silver metal coins?

The best way to clean valuable coins made from silver is with warm soapy water. Soak the coins for 10 to 15 minutes turning them occasionally. The coins can then be rubbed dry with a cloth, paying attention to removing any surface dirt. Avoid using a brush that could scratch the silver or chemicals like vinegar that could detract from the coin’s lustre.

When to buy silver coins?

Silver coins should ideally be bought when the economy is quiet, and the stock markets are doing well. This usually means a low silver price so you can secure coins at this level. The value of coins rises with the underlying silver price and should be considered a medium to long term hold due to short term volatility. Buying silver regularly is another strategy to gradually accumulate a substantial holding by averaging out buy prices.

Can I buy silver coins directly from the US mint?

Yes, they can be bought directly from the US Mint’s website. In a similar way to the Royal Mint, you are restricted to buying coins only produced by the mint. They will not sell 3rd party coins. Due to their reputation, the mint does not need to be super competitive on prices and will not generally offer quantity discounts. There is a focus on boxed proof coins rather than bullion coins. Better deals will be had from buying from a silver dealer, who will offer to buy back the coins, provide lower prices and more choice.

Where to store silver coins?

If you want hassle-free storage, it is best to store coins with the silver dealer from whom you bought. This usually entails storage in a specialist warehouse to maintain the silver’s integrity and includes insurance. If you want to store yourself, then the coins should be kept somewhere secure and be insured against theft. Reducing the amount of handling and oxygen to the coins will help prevent tarnishing. Keep the coins in their tube and keep them airtight if possible. If bought in large quantities, silver coin tubes can be stored in monster boxes (of 20-25 tubes), and the boxes conveniently stacked.

Why invest in silver coins?

We have provided a detailed answer to this question, which is available at https://www.physicalgold.com/insights/why-invest-in-silver-coins/.

How to test silver coins?

A very quick way to test silver coins is to place an ice cube on top of the coin. As the world’s best conductor of electricity, the ice cube should start to melt immediately compared to one placed on a wooden surface. Testing the silver coin for magnetism cannot prove it is genuine, but any sign of sticking to the magnet will prove it is a fake. When looking at well-known silver coins, careful visual comparisons with a real silver coin will usually unearth some straightforward differences with finish, detail, and edging.

Which silver investment coins are the best to buy?

Silver Britannias are the best silver-based coins to buy for investment. They are mass-produced bullion coins so offer a high degree of value. Limited issue coins tend to command a premium. Britannias are 1oz in weight so provide divisibility. Any profits made on selling silver Britannia coins are CGT exempt as the coins are legal tender in the UK. There is a strong second-hand demand for the coins so selling prices are high.

Are silver Britannia coins a good investment?

Britannia coins are an excellent investment for the medium to long term. Silver is currently unbelievably cheap compared to historical values. Industrial demand for silver is rising with advances in technology as silver is used for its conductive qualities. Silver Britannias are an excellent option is they are highly liquid, world-renowned, and tax-free for UK investors.

Buy silver Britannias direct from Physical Gold Limited
Buy silver Britannias direct from Physical Gold Limited

Why buy silver investment coins?

Buying silver coins is an excellent option for those seeking a tangible asset with no counterparty risks. The value of silver can rise with industrial and investment demand, but supply is limited due to its precious metals status. Coins can be a better option to buy than silver bars as they can be tax-free and can be sold in small sizes. Discounts are available for buying in larger quantities of coins.

Where to buy silver coins online UK?

Do not be tempted to buy coins from online shops like eBay and Craigslist. Authenticity can be a huge problem if you buy privately. Stick to buying from prominent silver dealers so you can rest assured that the silver is real. They will also provide the facility to store the silver if you wish, deliver it to your door, and buy it back in the future.

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Collectors And Numismatic Coins

When it comes to coin collecting, every investor will have their own personal set of motivations and reasons for investing. Not every coin collector is a numismatic, (someone who studies coins from a historical, social, or artistic point of view) but they will all have their own set of criteria that determine which coins they wish to invest in.

The motives of a coin collector can vary from being a hobby, for sentimental value or as an investment. The type of coins purchased will differ for each of these types of collectors.

Collector to numismatist

Many numismatists don’t necessarily understand the philosophy of numismatics when they start out. They simply start out by default as a collector. During this period, which often starts at school for many, they come into contact with other collectors and compatriots who are at best interested in the field as a hobby. At this stage, they start trading coins, giving away their duplicate coins in exchange for other coins which they perceive as adding value to their collection. Many understand that their coins may have a certain value at this point in time, as they start to sell off their duplicates and manage to get a fair price for it. Enthused by a monetary angle, in addition to their passion for coins, they start to take numismatics more seriously. For many such numismatists, they start to attend major numismatic events across the country from their late teens to their twenties, gathering knowledge and expertise on the subject of coins.

For those who manage to keep their passion alive through their work lives, they will start formulating their own investment strategies. Through their vast network of contacts, they are able to now source coins of value, as well as identify these gems with a seasoned eye. These numismatists soon start to view precious metal coins as a preferred class of gold investment. Numismatists appear to prefer bullion coins instead of bullion bars, simply due to their passion for coins and banknotes. For some, their passion, in fact, becomes their work, and they align themselves with big-ticket coin dealers and play the dual role of buyer for some and supplier to others.

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Evolving your own specialism

Many numismatists start to focus on certain areas of collecting, specialise in these areas and are soon well known for their expertise. For example, many specialise in old coins prior to 1838, often known in numismatic circles as ‘Early Date Gold’. These are typically British and American gold coins which are full of history and are highly sought after by investors and collectors alike. The pre-1838 ones and the pre-1800 ones are difficult to come by and command great value. Of course, apart from the monetary value, there is great joy and satisfaction to be had in the heart of a numismatist when he/she can make a rare ‘find’.

Then there are ‘key date’ coins, based on mintages around certain key historical dates, like the fall of the Berlin Wall, Man on the moon, etc. The key date is represented in the mintmark on the coin. Numismatists often collect key date coins years in advance as part of a set building strategy. Then they play a waiting game for the specific event to gain historic importance. They also capitalise on the scarcity of the coins from these dates as it slowly builds up. A simple example could be the 50p coins that were circulated in the UK to commemorate the London Olympics. At the time, everyone had them, but as the years went by, they have now grown scarcer and are worth a fair bit of money today.

Commemorative coins

Coins that are issued to celebrate a special key date are often known as commemorative coins. A good example from recent times would be the Brexit coin. This commemorative coin is minted in silver as a proof coin by the Royal Mint and marks the date of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in 2020. The coin was struck using silver with a purity of 92.5% and had a limited mintage of only 47,000. Since the coin has already been sold out, its value is likely to escalate in the future, as demand for the commemorative coin rises.

Commemorative coins of even greater value can be found within British coinage of the 18th and 19th centuries. For example, the Queen Victoria Jubilee head is a commemorative coin issued in 1887 to celebrate the Queens. Golden Jubilee. Its mintage lasted for only six years, and the coin was last struck in 1893. Similarly, the 1871 Queen Victoria young head Sovereign is also a commemorative coin that celebrates the inauguration of the Royal Albert Hall by the Queen in 1871. These older commemorative coins are now becoming scarce and collectors willing to pay hefty premiums for these commemorative coins in an unscathed, mint condition.

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Other thematic specialisms developed by numismatists include collecting proof coinage of the American Civil War. These are hard to come by today and is a coveted area of coin study. Many numismatists who are good at sourcing and have great contacts collect ‘pedigree coins’, i.e. coins owned by someone famous, like a Hollywood film star, royalty, business tycoons, etc. The American gold rush is another historic area of interest for many collectors, as these coins are rare to come by. The San Francisco mint opened in 1854, during this period and many of the gold rush era coinage was struck at this mint.

Coins are bought by certain collectors because the commemorative event or the specific year they were produced may bare a nostalgic value to them. It may represent the year of marriage or birth or signify a specific event such as the Olympics or a sovereign’s anniversary. Most of the World’s commemorative coins were produced from the 1960s onward and have a distinct design with reference to the occasion on which they were issued. Collectors are often not concerned with the resale value it is just a coin that may mean something to them and that they just want to own. They tend to be expensive as they require a high cost of production and usually include a presentation box.

Hobby collectors may be interested in specific dates or releases, where a substantial premium will be added for their uniqueness or appeal. They may be purchasing to complete a set or just because they appreciate the coin for its beauty. Often hobby collectors buy proofs or sets of proofs that may come in a display pack of limited issue, these often have an additional premium which they will find difficult to recoup when they come to sell.

For other collectors, coins are very much an investment. These types of collectors look at coins primarily as a way of making money and hope to profit from particularly rare or hard-to-source coins. Often these investors will methodically research particular dates or mintmarks of rare coins in order to find some defining characteristic that makes them of value. Perhaps there weren’t many coins minted one year? Or there may be a coin has a slight defect leftover from the minting process that makes it unique or of higher value.

Some investors also like to focus on a particular sub-category of coins such as Lincoln cents or Victorian sovereigns. This is partly because investors like to collect complete sets of coins and also because by narrowing their focus to concentrate on a particular area of coins, they can research them in far greater depth.

That’s not all

Some investors look at ancient or very rare coins that bare much larger premiums, up to 200% higher than its intrinsic gold value. The term ‘numismatic coin’ is given to those worth a substantial premium over their simple gold value due to rarity and history. These coins can be bought at auction or from specialist numismatic coin dealers.

Investing in rare and ancient coins is a much riskier investment as the coins are less liquid and their perceived value may be very different from their market value. We do not recommend investing in ancient or numismatic coins unless the purchaser has experience of this market and can afford to potentially wait some time for the right buyer. Gold coins minted pre-1800 and those sold at premiums that exceed 180% of the intrinsic gold value may also be subject to VAT, whereas newer coins (which meet certain criteria) are exempt. In the USA pre-1933 gold is extremely popular as it is non-reportable and non-confiscatable.

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At Physical Gold, our team consists of highly experienced and capable numismatic experts who have great knowledge and experience in the field. Whether you are an amateur hobbyist or an intermediate level numismatist, you would surely gain by having a discussion with our team about your goals as an investor and a collector. Call us on 020 7060 9992 or drop us a line through our website. A member of our team will be in touch with you to have a friendly chat.

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Should I Buy Old or New Britannia Coins?

Buying Britannia coins

The Britannia is considered by many to be the flagship British coin to include in their portfolio. Originally minted in gold, it was introduced in 1987 by the Royal Mint. The current editions also include a silver version since 1997. The gold coins are a great investment, as they contain one Troy ounce of gold with a face value of hundred pounds. The silver version also contains one Troy ounce of silver with a face value of 2 pounds. Since 2013, the Royal Mint has been minting the gold Britannia with 24 carat gold and purity of 999.9. The Royal Mint also sells gold Sovereign coins, which are another popular range.

The coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the iconic Britannia image on the reverse. The coin enjoys immense liquidity and is available in a variety of editions. There are definitive tax advantages to investing in these coins. The coin is legal tender in the UK, and therefore attracts no capital gains tax. But the question is – should we be buying older or newer versions of these coins? What is likely to generate better value?

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The silver Britannia was first issued in 1997

Buying older Britannia coins

The Britannia does not command a rarity value or historical premium. Most editions of the coin are easily available. Most of the time, the current year of issuance will also be the cheapest due to plentiful supply. Buying particular year Britannia’s from the past may well command a premium due to scarcity. However, you may find that the older coins can also rise in value quicker than the new ones in the context of the time you intend to hold onto the coins.


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Commemorative and special issues

The Britannia has also been released PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUby the Royal Mint as special anniversary editions and commemorative issues. For example, the 30th-anniversary gold edition was on sale in 2017 for £1048 .68. There was also a limited edition issued as an 8mm coin. Only 1500 of these were released, and it was the smallest Britannia coin. It contained only 1/40 parts of an ounce of 24-carat gold with a purity of 999.9, along with a proof finish.

Needless to say, these types of special issues attract a lot of interest as a collectable coin. Therefore, they command high premiums in the secondary market once supplies run out. But, investing in these special issues would require a higher capital outlay.

Buying newer coins

The current editions are a great buy if you consider their value in gold and silver. As these coins are available in plentiful, premiums are very low. It’s also a great idea to order these coins in bulk from your dealer.

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Buying current years of an issue would result in a lower price commitment at the buying stage. This would mean that your profit margins could be a lot higher when you sell off your gold in the years to come.

Contact Physical Gold to buy Britannia coins

A proven and hassle-free way to acquire Britannia coins were your collection is to simply give us a call. Our precious metal experts are best placed to advise you about buying the right gold and silver coins. They can let you know when older versions of the Britannia become available at the price you want. Similarly, you can also benefit from sound advice and assistance in buying newer coins. Call us on (020) 7060 9992 or get in touch online through our website, which has a wealth of information about Britannia coins.

 

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How to Sell Gold Sovereign Coins

Gold Sovereigns have been in circulation for over two centuries, making it one of the most popular iconic British coins with a large secondary market. The Royal Mint struck these coins, using 22-carat gold from the year 1817. They have now been put out of circulation and are available as a bullion investment coin. The iconic design of St George and the Dragon, created by Benedetto Pistrucci make these coins unmistakable and they are in great demand from numismatists and investors alike.

Gold sovereigns can carry hefty premiums depending on the monarch and the year. For example, the Young Head Victoria can fetch prices of around £300. There are even rarer ones like a proof set created for Edward VIII. A single coin from this set can command a price of £516,000. So, investors need to know how to sell these coins in order to maximise their profits.

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Selling a gold Sovereign can be very lucrative

Identifying a reputed online dealer

Since the Sovereign carries a numismatic value as well, as its value in gold, it’s best to sell your Sovereign gold coins to a reputable gold dealer. This will ensure you receive a fair price that reflects the gold content and the numismatic value of the coin. Members of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA) are trustworthy. Going through a reputed dealer can get you access to a wider secondary market, increasing the chances of a quick sale at a good price. Preparing to sell is a key factor. If you want the best possible price, let the dealer know in advance that you want to sell your Sovereign coins. It’s important to let your dealer know about the complete details of all the coins you want to sell. You must decide on a timeline for the sale. This will help your dealer identify the right buyer and bring the coins into the market at a time when the best price can be achieved. Don’t be in a hurry to sell, unless you need the funds for an emergency. A distress sale is always likely to get you a far lower price.


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Attempting a private sale

Some investors believe that they can get a far better price by arranging a private sale. But, be aware that it may not be possible for you to check the backgrounds of the buyers. It could be risky to have them visit your home. As an individual investor, it is unlikely that you will have a large network of interested buyers. So, you will be forced to depend upon only a few interested buyers who may have responded to your ad. Of course, it may also take a lot of time and effort to post your ads and reach out to the right audiences. A dealer would be far more adept at reaching out to interested parties.

Research your dealer well

You aren’t forced to sell through one dealer only. If you identify two or three reputed dealers, feel free to engage all of them. Doing your research means connecting with other investors and buyers in the marketplace. Find out all about a dealer’s reputation and background by speaking to other investors and viewing their ratings online.

Contact Physical Gold for the best way to sell your gold Sovereign

An effective way to properly market your gold Sovereign is to simply speak with our investment team. Physical Gold Limited is registered with the BNTA and have a long track record in providing exemplary service. Getting in touch with our team is easy. Simply call (020) 7060 9992 or visit our website to reach out to us.

 

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The Gold Price Today – a Video from Physical Gold

The Gold Price Today

In this video, I’ll show you how to find the gold price today, track and analyse its performance and then exploit any themes and strategies to invest over the medium to long term.

The simplest and quickest way to track the gold price right now is to look at the top of our website. The price is updated every 60 seconds and displayed in both ounces and grams. An alternative would be to download a gold app like Kitco to your phone so you can track prices on the move.

It’s important to understand that this is the benchmark price, not necessarily the exact price at which you can buy and sell gold. If you want to learn more about how the gold price works, be sure to checkout out our other video ‘Understanding the gold price’.

If you want to dive a bit deeper, then our Gold Price Chart page features an interactive historical price graph and explains the gold price in detail, including;

  • Factors influencing the gold price
  • The LBMA’s role
  • Currency influence on prices
  • A market history
  • And, Pricing gold coins and bars

If you want to invest in gold, be sure to study this page first.

So now we know the gold price, how can we profit over the medium to long term?

1. Buy in dips

Over the short term, the gold price can be volatile. PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUTry to buy your gold on a dip day, when the price is lower, rather than when the price has moved higher. This may only be a slight difference, but every little bit helps improve profits.

Looking at historical price charts will help you understand where the current gold price is in a historical context. Right now, we can see the price is still way below its all-time high of 2011/12. Buying during the quieter times when the price is relatively low has proven to produce the best long term profits time and again.

 

2. Long term portfolio insurance and wealth preservation

Rather than trying to trade the gold market, or predicting price movements, a good strategy is to see gold as a long term protection. Its safe haven status means that regardless of the current gold price if stock markets and paper currency devalue, gold tends to rise in worth. This means, your overall wealth is protected from nasty market downturns.

With low interest rates, bank savings rates are also low, usually lower than inflation itself. This can mean that leaving money in the bank actually devalues every day it’s sat there. Gold has shown to outperform inflation over the long term, appealing to those seeking a store of wealth.

3. Buy gold regularly

An alternative strategy overcomes the need to really look at the gold price at all. Buying gold on a regular basis can average out the cost of gold so that when the price falls, you buy at the lower level. This approach appeals to those with limited capital to invest, but like the idea of gradually building up a gold holding, perhaps on a monthly basis. We offer a simple solution to achieve this with our Gold Monthly Saver, which starts from only £250/month.

So there you go. Start by doing some research on the gold price, understand how it works, and take a look at historical performance. Then grab one of our 3 strategies and invest away!

I hope you’ve found today’s video helpful. If so, please make sure you also check out our full catalogue of video guides covering everything you need to know about gold and silver.

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If you’re looking to buy gold coins and bars at competitive prices, then take a look at Physical Gold’s online store. We’re able to offer gold at rock bottom prices, updated every 60 seconds with the live gold price. Quantity discounts are displayed online so you can decide the most economical way of buying.

If you need guidance on the buying process, or simply need help on which gold coins or bars to buy, then our friendly team are here to help. You can call on 020 7060 9992, engage on live chat from the website or leave us a message here.

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Understanding The Gold Price Per Ounce Video

Gold Price Per Oz

This video focusses on the gold price. In particular, many investors new to the market, struggle to understand how the gold price works, what moves it and how to calculate prices of physical gold coins and bars.

My aim today is to walk you through some of the basics so you’re better equipped to understand the gold market and profit from it. In particular, I’ll explain 2 crucial concepts.

Concept 1: The price moves constantly

The most important concept to understand is that the gold price is fluid. While the market is open, the price moves constantly. The market closes for only a few hours each day between New York closing and Asia opening. It’s closed at weekends and a small handful of major holidays like New Year.

Currency conversion

The gold price is quoted in US Dollars per ounce and generally then converted to grams and other currencies. So if you need to calculate the price per gram in Sterling, you’ll first need to divide the $ price per ounce by 31.103, then apply the exchange rate. Many gold dealer websites, including our own, will already quote the price in ounces in Sterling terms.

Concept 2: The spot price isn’t where you can buy or sell gold

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is known as the spot price of gold. Despite many assuming this is the price where gold can be bought and sold, it actually only acts as a benchmark from which to start.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to trade gold ETFs, buy a few gold coins or are a central bank moving tonnes of gold bars, the price at which these trades are done will be based on the spot price plus a premium.

Type of gold impacts price

This premium will depend on the type of gold investment and quantity. Generally speaking, you can buy gold electronically at a level nearer to spot price than if you opt to buy physical gold. This is because real gold incurs production, design and delivery costs. The second rule of thumb is that the larger quantity you buy at any one time, the lower the premium you achieve. Finally, older coins will trade at larger margins over the spot price of gold due to it’s historical and rarity value.


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Hopefully, that’s shed some light on understanding the gold price per ounce. If you found this video helpful, please view our full array of video tutorials covering a wide number of gold and silver aspects.

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All our gold coins and bars can be bought at the live prices, which are updated on our website every 60 seconds. That way, you can track their prices and try to time your purchase or sale optimally and rest-assured you’re getting the most up-to-date pricing.

If you need any help setting up an account, buying or selling gold, or simply need some guidance, then please call our team on 020 7060 9992.

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Silver Bars Versus Silver Coins Video – Which Is The Best Investment?

Silver Bars or Silver Coins

Investing in silver is the biggest area of growth in the precious metals market, but what is best to invest in, the debate rages on about silver bars versus silver coins. Silver is 85 times cheaper than gold so is accessible to everyone and tempts investors with speculation of huge potential gains.

But what is better for investment? Should you buy silver coins or silver bars?

Today, I’ll take a look at 4 key comparisons between the two to help decide which one suits investment better.

Value

One of the key components of investing is getting the best possible purchase price for your asset in the first place. Certainly, 1oz silver coins are more expensive per gram than larger silver bars like 1kilo and 5 kilo silver bullion. If you’re simply focused on obtaining as much silver for your money as possible, then no doubt, buying big will achieve this. The cost of producing large bars is a far smaller percentage of the overall cost due to its scale and simpler design than coins.

However, coins are fighting back, many of the popular silver bullion coins are now also produced in 10oz and 1 kilo versions too, offering the chance to own silver coins at virtually the same price as silver bars.

Winner: Silver Bars

Divisibility

If you had the choice between buying one silver bar weighing 100 ounces or 100 one-ounce silver coins, then I’d generally recommend the coins for divisibility. Imagine a scenario where you’ve already bought your 100 ounces of silver and the market is moving up quickly.

When you choose to lock in some profit and sell, the large silver bar gives you one chance only. Once you’ve sold, your silver’s gone and you may miss further profits. With the silver coins, you’re able to drip feed the coins away, selling at various points to suit you.

The other scenario is if the financial system really does reach a breaking point. In that case, it would be far more practical to use your 1oz silver coins to barter for bread, milk and petrol than a 100 ounce bar.

Winner: Silver Coins

Storage

Next up is the practicalities of storing your silver investment.PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPU

For sure, silver bars are easier to store and take up less space. They’re larger and their rectangular size allows for simple silver stacking.

However, most of the popular 1oz silver investment coins can now be bought in monster boxes. These are specially designed storage boxes, tightly packing 500 coins at a time and permitting easy stacking of these boxes

Winner: Draw

Tax efficiency

The way of avoiding incurring any Capital Gains Tax is to buy and sell UK legal tender silver coins. Common Royal Mint coins such as the silver Britannia, Lunar Series and Queens Beasts range of silver coins are all CGT exempt.

The Royal Mint do not produce silver bars with a face value at present, so selling bars would be taxable. Now, that may not be an issue if your profits are under the tax threshold of around £12,000. But for many, looking to benefit from silver’s price potential, it’s perhaps not a risk worth taking.

Winner: Silver coins


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Overall – bars or coins – which is the best investment?

So which type of silver investment wins overall? I’d recommend starting your silver investment with silver coins. Sticking to British coins provides good value, divisibility, tax efficiency and the chance to store in monster boxes.

But as you build your silver portfolio, there’s definitely a place for adding silver bars. This can bring the overall purchase cost per gram down by a few per cent and combine well in all areas with the silver coins.

If you found this video helpful, don’t forget we have loads more videos covering all aspects of gold and silver investing. Check them out here.

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6 Hacks To Buying The Best Value Sovereign Coins Video

Best Value Sovereign Coins

In this video, we’ll be taking a look at the Royal Mint’s flagship gold coin The Sovereign. For keen investors, I’ll reveal 6 smart ways that you can buy Sovereign coins for the best value.

The modern Sovereign has been around for more than 200 years so there’s plenty of secondary liquidity and choice when it comes to buying. Exploiting these proven methods will help you build the best value Gold Sovereign portfolio.

1. Buy the current year of issue

With older Sovereign coins fetching a premium for their age, rarity and desirability, it makes sense to focus on the most recent Sovereign year of issuance which commands a lower premium. Avoid buying them in the last month or so of the year when premiums can rise as supplies dwindle in preparation for the next year’s issue.

Buying the current Sovereign coin is a low price option as the coins are plentiful and most dealers will have them in stock so you’re able to shop around for the best prices. With wide availability, an extensive volume discount is offered by dealers on the latest Sovereign. So if you’re looking to buy a fair amount of Sovereigns, then you’re rewarded handsomely with progressive price reductions.

2. Buy big coins!

The full Sovereign is a relatively small coin, weighing around a quarter of an ounce. PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUOne way of achieving improved value is to opt for the quintuple Sovereign, or £5 gold coin as it’s also known. Make sure the dealer isn’t charging a commemorative issue premium for these coins and you could bag a bargain. With its huge size, the £5 gold coin benefits from a lower production cost per coin.

3. Nearly new pre-owned coins

Sometimes offering even lower prices than brand new coins, are nearly-new Sovereigns. Perhaps gold dealers have bought Sovereigns back from customers which are between 3 and 10 years old. They’re too recent to command a historical value yet, but may be offered at a discount to clear stock. We actually call this product ‘Best Value Sovereign’ in our online store. If you don’t mind us choosing the year and monarch, then you can end up getting a lot of gold for your money.

4. Buy when the market is quiet

Just like any other market, sales are on when demand is low. Premiums on Sovereigns can reduce when interest in gold is low. So if you have patience, waiting to buy your Sovereigns during a quiet patch gives you a little more negotiation than when demand outstrips supply.

5. Speak to a dealer

Again, patience is key for this one. If you’re willing to wait, then you could achieve a 1-2% discount off website prices. Let your gold dealer know which coins you’re after and they may be able to pair you with a seller. When a dealer’s customer wants to sell their Sovereigns, they can then call you to snap them up. This prevents selling back into the wholesale market and the saving can be passed onto you!


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6. Buy when a particular Sovereign coin’s premium falls

With such a variety of Sovereign coins available, it’s no surprise that premiums vary considerably between new ones and Victoria Young Headshield back coins. Best value doesn’t necessarily mean the lowest price.

Again, you may wish to build a relationship with a good gold dealer. Letting them know that you’re after a particular monarch and quantity of coins means they can call you when premiums fall.

So an older Sovereign coin which usually trades at a higher premium may have a brief period of higher supply which lowers its market premium. Their premium returns to usual levels once the supply is mopped up, so buying in the dip can reap great value.

Similarly, you may take a view that there’s a good chance that premiums of a particular Sovereign issue will rise in the future. For example, buying on a jubilee year may offer value at the time as it may become collectable in future years.

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So there you have it, 6 amazing hacks to obtaining the best value Sovereigns available.

If you found this video useful, please take a look at our full suite of 20 video guides covering all aspects of gold and silver investment.. If you’re looking to buy great value Sovereigns, then check out our online Sovereign store at https://www.physicalgold.com/gold-sovereign-coins/

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Silver Investing in 2020 and Beyond Video

Silver investing now and in the coming years

In this video, we’ll take a look at silver’s prospects for 2020 and beyond. Over the past 5 years, interest in silver has grown exponentially to the point where we now get almost as many silver enquiries as gold.

So is silver a worthwhile investment in 2020 and 21, and what can we expect from it, we examine silver investing in 2020?

I’d like to start by looking at downside risk. The silver price has fallen from around £13 an ounce at the start of 2017, to £12.50/oz the following year, and nearer to £12 an ounce in 2019. Clearly, the prospect of owning a depreciating asset is unappealing.

Downside risk

However, unlike gold, silver’s demand consists predominantly from industrial use. As the world’s most conductive material, silver is used in most electronic components, solar panels, photography and medicines. The digital age is only going to develop over the coming years, creating new electronic demands on silver. The search for alternative energy will lead to increasing silver demand with electric cars and electric solar energy. So with industrial demand rising, downside risk to silver is minimal.

Gold-Silver ratio

It’s also fair to say that the silver price has suffered far worse in recent years than the gold price, with clear suggestions that it’s been oversold. The ratio between the two metals’ prices has widened from a long term average of 47:1 to 70:1 a few years ago, and now an incredible 95:1.

This theme may scare inexperienced investors, but this would suggest a buying opportunity in 2020 for silver. If you can lock in prices when the silver price is so low, your upside becomes magnified.  The silver market is far smaller than that of gold, so prices can be more volatile. It also means that the price can move up in percentage terms far quicker and far greater.

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Global economy

The silver price could well receive a double boost over the coming years.

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As well as the rising industrial demand, there’s plenty of uncertainty in the global economy to boost silver as a safe haven. 2019 and beyond marks a turn in the economic cycle. The middle of 2018 saw property prices begin to fall and global stock markets start to decline from their 9-year bull run. After nearly a decade of rising stock and property prices, the global economy is set for a big correction, especially with interest rates now on the rise. Throw in Brexit and a growing car leasing credit bubble, and safe havens could well become the flavour of the month once again. Gold will likely rise first, with silver following behind. But once silver starts its upward trend, the pace of increase will outstrip that of gold.

Diversify

A lot of investors ask me whether they should buy gold or silver. After all the two metals are quite different. For me, there’s a strong case to own both. Diversification is key in today’s digital globalised economy, so investing in silver and gold is a great way to hedge your hedge!

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By sticking to Silver Britannia coins, any profit you make is also free from Capital Gains Tax!

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So there you have it. 2020 and beyond are set to be exciting years for silver investing. Courage may be needed to enter a market which has fallen in value, but history will tell you, that’s the exact time to stack your claim.

If you feel silver could play a role in your investment portfolio, or you simply want to buy some silver coins or bars, then don’t hesitate to call our team of experts on 020 7060 9992.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video. If so, please check out all 20 videos in the gold & silver investment guide series.

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Should I Invest In Gold Or Silver? – Physical Gold Video

Silver investing now and in the coming years

In this video, we’ll take a look at silver’s prospects for 2020 and beyond. Over the past 5 years, interest in silver has grown exponentially to the point where we now get almost as many silver enquiries as gold.

So is silver a worthwhile investment in 2020 and 21, and what can we expect from it, we examine silver investing in 2020?

I’d like to start by looking at downside risk. The silver price has fallen from around £13 an ounce at the start of 2017, to £12.50/oz the following year, and nearer to £12 an ounce in 2019. Clearly, the prospect of owning a depreciating asset is unappealing.

Downside risk

However, unlike gold, silver’s demand consists predominantly from industrial use. As the world’s most conductive material, silver is used in most electronic components, solar panels, photography and medicines. The digital age is only going to develop over the coming years, creating new electronic demands on silver. The search for alternative energy will lead to increasing silver demand with electric cars and electric solar energy. So with industrial demand rising, downside risk to silver is minimal.

Gold-Silver ratio

It’s also fair to say that the silver price has suffered far worse in recent years than the gold price, with clear suggestions that it’s been oversold. The ratio between the two metals’ prices has widened from a long term average of 47:1 to 70:1 a few years ago, and now an incredible 95:1.

This theme may scare inexperienced investors, but this would suggest a buying opportunity in 2020 for silver. If you can lock in prices when the silver price is so low, your upside becomes magnified.  The silver market is far smaller than that of gold, so prices can be more volatile. It also means that the price can move up in percentage terms far quicker and far greater.

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Global economy

The silver price could well receive a double boost over the coming years.

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As well as the rising industrial demand, there’s plenty of uncertainty in the global economy to boost silver as a safe haven. 2019 and beyond marks a turn in the economic cycle. The middle of 2018 saw property prices begin to fall and global stock markets start to decline from their 9-year bull run. After nearly a decade of rising stock and property prices, the global economy is set for a big correction, especially with interest rates now on the rise. Throw in Brexit and a growing car leasing credit bubble, and safe havens could well become the flavour of the month once again. Gold will likely rise first, with silver following behind. But once silver starts its upward trend, the pace of increase will outstrip that of gold.

Diversify

A lot of investors ask me whether they should buy gold or silver. After all the two metals are quite different. For me, there’s a strong case to own both. Diversification is key in today’s digital globalised economy, so investing in silver and gold is a great way to hedge your hedge!

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By sticking to Silver Britannia coins, any profit you make is also free from Capital Gains Tax!

Silver investing in 2020 with Physical Gold Ltd

So there you have it. 2020 and beyond are set to be exciting years for silver investing. Courage may be needed to enter a market which has fallen in value, but history will tell you, that’s the exact time to stack your claim.

If you feel silver could play a role in your investment portfolio, or you simply want to buy some silver coins or bars, then don’t hesitate to call our team of experts on 020 7060 9992 for any guidance you need.

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How to Buy Gold – A Physical Gold Ltd Video

5 Step Guide – How to Buy Gold

In this video, I’ll be revealing how to buy gold effectively. Clearly, there are many ways you can gain exposure to the gold market and buy gold itself – from gold jewellery, gold ETFs and gold mining shares.

But today I’ll be focussing on the 5 exact steps you need to take to buy physical gold coins or bars as an investment.

1. Find a reputable gold dealer

The best place to start is to find a gold broker. A top class specialist gold dealer will be able to provide low prices, choice, guidance, authenticity and a clear buyback process.

Ensure the gold dealer you choose is credible and has a track record. They should be members of leading associations like the BNTA.net and have excellent customer reviews.

You may find that different dealers specialise in different areas, so you should select based on which seems the best fit with your objectives. For instance, some may focus on tax efficient gold investments, while others specialise in collectable coins.

Some dealers offer a buyback guarantee and certificates of authenticity with every purchase.

2. Discuss your objectives

The most effective way to ensure you’re on the right path PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUis to combine your own independent research with the guidance of an expert gold dealer. Different types of physical gold suit various objectives better, so it’s always best to share your aims with the dealer.

Building a trusting relationship can produce fantastic guidance and prevent you from buying the wrong type of gold for your needs.

Considerations will be how much you wish to invest, whether you want to buy regularly, your investment horizon and the purpose of your investment.

 3. Select the best solution

There are three main solutions for buying physical gold. It may be that one suits your needs better, or that you combine more than one solution.

Investing in your pension suits those with larger budgets and a long-term time frame. Tax relief is granted when buying gold bars within a SIPP, so it can be a cost-effective way of buying. Considerations would be that paperwork can take a while and you must have the correct pension to qualify for a SIPP in the first place

Buying gold outside of a pension is more flexible. You can start with buying one small bar or coin, and your money isn’t tied in until retirement like with a pension. With this route to market, you have the choice between buying gold coins or bars, or a mix of both. Your dealer should help steer you towards which is best for you, depending on value, divisibility, tax efficiency and liquidity.

Buying gold on a regular basis, like with Physical Gold’s Monthly Saver, provides access to the market for those without large available capital to invest. Buying monthly will gradually build a nest egg and enable you to exploit any price drops in the market.

4. Decide on storage or delivery

Insider's Guide to gold and silverDepending on the solution you select above, you may have the choice between receiving your gold directly or having your gold dealer store it for you.

Receiving your gold is ideal. You can enjoy the comfort of having direct access and enjoy its tangibility. In all likelihood, storing it yourself can be cheaper than paying someone else to do it for you. However, you need to ensure that your gold is stored safely and is fully insured. It’s not worth cutting corners on cost and put your gold at risk. Owning gold is about reducing risk, not taking on worry.

If selecting professional storage with your dealer, make sure your gold is fully allocated and segregated. In other words, it shouldn’t be leveraged and should be ring-fenced from everyone.

5. Payment and ID

The final stage is making payment for your gold purchase. When purchasing online from a gold dealer, you can usually pay with a debit or credit card up to £5,000 and with online banking up to any amount.

When buying £10,000 or more in any one go, you’ll be asked by the dealer to provide two forms of ID for anti-money laundering.

How to Buy gold from Physical Gold

So, that’s your 5 steps. Clearly, the success depends largely on how well you select a gold dealer. Bad guidance can lead to you paying over the odds or buying obscure gold. So do your research and speak to them on the phone before you choose. Our team at Physical Gold are available to offer you as much or as little guidance as you need. We can help to select gold, as well as answer questions on storage, payment, selling and buying. Call us on 020 7060 9992.

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How To Sell Gold For The Most Cash Video

How To Sell Gold

In this video, we look at the best ways to sell gold at the highest possible price. Specifically, I’ll focus on selling your gold coins or bars at the best profit, but many of the principles can also be applied to selling gold jewellery. I’ll reveal step-by-step, the five best techniques to sell gold for the most cash.

1. Look after your gold

This is a simple one. Just like maintaining your property, gold is a physical asset, so the price you achieve will be affected by its condition. 24 carat gold is especially soft and liable to scratching so handle and store with care and you’ll be able to achieve a higher price than selling scratched, chipped and dirty items.

2. Don’t buy obscure coins in the first place

This requires some forward thinking. Buying the most recognisable gold coins prove to be the easiest to sell. Let’s draw that comparison to property again. When you select which gold to buy, try to emulate buying that 2 bedrooms flat close to a train station. The more desirable your asset, the more buyers you have and the better price you’ll receive. Desperation to sell obscure gold can lead to accepting reduced prices.

Focus on balance and variety

Buying a variety of gold coins can also help squeeze extra profit out of your investment. Older and commemorative coins, for example, can command a higher price than newer coins due to scarcity and desirability.

What many investors don’t realise is that coin premiums are not fixed. Infact, they can vary by up to 20% depending on supply and market dynamics. So selling the same coin when supply is tight can yield a far higher price than selling at other times. How do we know which premiums will spike? We don’t. So owning a variety of coins increases the chances that you can sell the right coins at the right time to increases your sale price.


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3. Plan ahead when selling

Planning your sale can boost your profits in 2 ways.

Firstly, it enables you to watch underlying gold prices to strategically sell items on days when the price spikes. The gold price can easily move 2-3% in a day so pulling the trigger on those days rather than waiting until you need the money can enhance your sale price.

Working with a gold dealer will enhance prices

Secondly, providing your gold dealer with 10 commandmentsnotice of your intentions can enable them to find a specific buyer for your items, which can boost the price achieved by another couple of percent. Calling a dealer on the day you wish to sell will achieve a standard rate where your gold is likely sold into the wholesale market. By telling the dealer you wish to sell certain gold items over the ensuing month, gives them an opportunity to squeeze out more profit for you.

And don’t forget, that investing in gold is a medium to long term strategy. So the longer term you plan, the higher your sale price is likely to be. That’s because the gold price can be volatile, so short term sales can be at risk of reduced profits. Over the long term, market dips have more chance of being overcome.

4. Consider Capital Gains Tax when you buy

If you’re only selling a small amount of gold, tax won’t impact you. But for those making profits of more than £12k from where they bought the gold, tax considerations can really impact the final cash you receive.

That’s because Capital Gains Tax of up to 28% is applied to gains made over the £12k threshold. But this can be avoided altogether, boosting your profits massively. By focussing your gold investment on UK legal tender gold coins, any profits when you do come to sell, are free from CGT. That’s because the Government aren’t able to tax profits made on legal tender.

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5. Shop around

Using a reputable gold dealer usually means you get a buyback guarantee for the gold they sell you. This provides a quick and easy exit strategy when you wish to sell. But it’s always worth making a few calls to other gold brokers. Depending on their stocks, some dealers may pay slightly more on any given day for a certain coin, bar or jewellery than others. Generally, cash for gold business will try to exploit your lack of expertise and offer vastly reduced prices. Read our article on How to find out the tax free gold price.

Private collectors may pay more

In fact, if you have time and patience, it’s also worth testing the private market if you have coins with more of collectable value. While large gold dealers will provide a fair price for the gold content, private buyers may be willing to pay higher premiums based more on their desire to complete a collection or to own a unique piece of gold.

Sell your gold with us

So there you have it. 5 simple strategies about how to sell gold at the highest price. If you liked this video, download our more detailed 10 commandments when selling your gold coins from our website www.physicalgold.com

If you’d like to sell your gold coins, bars or jewellery, then call a member of our team on 020 7060 9992. They’ll provide an indicative live price and email over a step-by-step process to complete your sale.