Atkinsons Bullion & Coins

To the sound of “Engerland, Engerland” we all returned to work this morning in the full knowledge that the England world cup team are world champions. Oh, what do you mean they are not? Oh, it was that famous and fabulously talented team from Panama that they defeated yesterday by 6-1. So, Belgium, Brazil, (probably not Argentina), Germany, and France still to come eh? Well that puts a slightly different aspect on things…

The first word that usually comes to mind when thinking of gold is ‘valuable’. Looking at it subjectively, other than looking pretty, gold seemingly has no utility. Gold doesn’t produce earnings or dividends, it has no intrinsic value other than the value that us humans have attached to it. And yet a single ounce of gold currently sells for almost £1000. So, what is it that makes gold so valuable?

Gold coins minted in the UK have long proved a popular choice, appealing to both bullion investors as well as collectors. UK gold coins such as the Royal Mint’s flagship coin, the Sovereign, as well as the Britannia have remained amongst the most widely traded gold bullion coins for many years. But what makes them so appealing?

Looks Like Fun to Me! Well it may just be that the fun is beginning to start again! By that I mean we could well have seen the start of the next, post Greek- European pot boiling over. ‘Mamma Mia’ is the expression our Italian friends use to describe their frustrations and their disappointments - you have to try it with an Italian accent and lots of hand expressions. There are a lot of ‘Mammas’ going ‘Mia’ in Italy this week!

A question we are often asked is: Why should I buy a pre-owned coin or bar rather than a new one? The answer is a simple one: they are normally cheaper in bullion terms. The exception to the rule may be a rare or exclusive coin which could have historical value, and therefore fetch a premium over precious metal prices. But in terms of physical amounts of gold or silver for your money, then the pre-owned products are often the best. In truth in such a competitive market place as the internet, new coins and bars have never sold at such low premiums. Therefore, the difference between old and new products selling price has never been smaller, but there is still a little bit to be saved and it all helps.

"We have gold because we cannot trust governments," President Hoover famously said in his statement to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. President Trump has made numerous statements in the past about reverting to the ‘Gold Standard’. But what exactly is the gold standard? And would it really be practical to rebuild an international gold standard?

Anyone ever found themselves on the street corner amazed by the man doing the Three Cup Shuffle? I know I have. A Game of Chance? From London to New York, this game of chance (aka trick) is so often a feature of the tourist trap corner spots of the major city crossroads across the world. A small growing group of people suddenly gather to watch a man with a small table and his three plastic or wooden cups. Under one of the cups he places a pebble or even a small coin and then shuffles the cups. The idea is that you place a small wager on the cup you think the coin is under when he stops. Now why on earth would I explain one of the worlds oldest tricks? The reason is simple. I feel equally fleeced this morning as I would if I were taking part in the street corner ruse.

This morning has been quiet for gold, with prices slightly weakening by around 0.04%, at £958.620 at 10am this morning from Friday’s £959.010. Precious metals as a whole appear to be on the back foot, due to reduced safe haven demand amid the easing political tension in the Korean Peninsula.

It’s been a long time since we used Pounds, Shillings and Pennies. Sadly, I remember all too well that just as I had gotten to grips with LSD (the old terminology for Sterling, not the 1960’s drug of choice) it was all changed to decimalisation and that meant a whole new way of doing things. So, Sterling is the topic of my ramblings today and how its current volatility is causing price changes in our favourite precious metals, gold and silver.

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