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November News
In November 2008, we have already received a 3,000 ounce delivery of gold coins, mainly one kilo, 10 ounce, 2 ounce, & 1/2 ounce. We have a further order of 3,000 x one ounce coins to follow. This now looks as though it will arrive abut 10 days earlier than previously thought, perhaps around the 19th or 20th instead of 28th.

The mad stampede we saw in September and October seems to have calmed slightly. Supplies of secondary market bullion sovereigns and Krugerrands have improved very slightly, but are still outstripped by demand. Most investors are now being quite sensible and opting for available coins. Our direct links with Perth Mint have proved very important to us, as we are able to secure supplies direct from one of the best sources around.

Steady Premiums
After slight increases in some of our premiums in the past two months, we have kept these steady in November. If demand stays strong, we expect the premium differential between old and new coins to narrow, but we are surprised that recent price fluctuations have not flushed larger quantities of secondary market bullion coins onto the market.

No New Krugerrands Nor Britannias
We had originally been expecting to take delivery of new 2008 one ounce gold Britannias and Krugerrands, which we normally source from a major international bank. We booked flights well in advance to be able to collect these in late October. We are told that they we only receiving relatively small batches (several thousand) against orders 10 times larger, and had no spare coins available for us, as they needed them all to supply their own domestic demand. We also offered to take 1,500 Britannias direct from the Royal Mint, but our bid was declined. We declined a counter-offer, at a higher premium than we normally pay, as we can continue to source the superb Perth Mint products at more competitive prices, with a wider selection of designs, more flexible quantities, gold pricing, shipping, insurance, and service.
We are hopeful that the supply situation will ease towards the end of the year, as mints have increased their production capacities. Perth Mint, for example, have doubled their production already this year.

Silver Lining?
In October, we noted that the gold silver ratio was unusually high at over 77. This compared with a 2008 mean average of about 55, therefore at 77/55, silver looks 40% underpriced compared with gold.
Since then, it rose further to about 83, been back down to 72, and is currently still over 75.
This compares with a 2008 mean average of about 55, therefore at 77/55, silver looks 40% underpriced compared with gold.
We have also compiled a historic gold silver ratio table from 1970 to 2007, which shows its mean value ranging from a low of 20.35 in 1970, to a high of 89.31 in 1991. In 2006 and 2007, it averaged just over 52. Whenever ratios like this diverge significantly from the norm, there is a strong tendency for them to revert back towards the longer term average. On this basis, therefore, we would suggest investors buying silver, despite its VAT loading, rather than gold, at least until the ratio drops.
Putting our money where our mouth is, we bought over 100,000 ounces of silver bullion coins (over 3 tonnes), and over a tonne of silver kilo bars. Some of this has already arrived here, with most of the balance due to arrive before the middle of November.
That means we will have over £1 million worth of silver bullion in stock.
We can offer from stock or near availability, a selection from 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 10 ounce, half kilo, and 1 kilo silver bullion coins. These are a mixture of Kookaburras, Koalas, and Lunar Australian bullion coins produced by the Perth Mint. We are offering these at special rates for quantity, especially for "Our Choice" of design. Larger sizes are at lower premiums than smaller sizes. Obviously then the 1 kilo size offers the best value. Our bulk prices on these are only slightly higher than for kilo silver bars, and they are far more attractive. When resold on the secondary market, their legal tender status means they can be treated as "Special Scheme" for VAT, whereas silver bullion bars have to have VAT charged in full on resale, even though they are second-hand, and have already carried VAT once when new. This means that most dealers will prefer coins to bars, and pay higher prices for coins than for bars.
Investors wishing to collect silver bars in person will be very welcome to visit our showroom. You can buy on the spot, or purchase in advance and collect when convenient.

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August Slowdown 2008
How annual European holidays affect the physical gold bullion market.

September Silly Season 2008
In recent years, it has taken longer for supplies to return to normal after the break.

October Goldfest 2008
In October 2008, it already looks like gold buyers are in a festive and merry mood.

December Deliveries 2008
We hear that our order for 5,000 x 2008 new "bullion" sovereigns from the Royal Mint is still on or ahead of schedule, and we should receive them on or before the 8th December date we were previously given.

January Junket 2009
We also have an order for a further 5,000 new "bullion" sovereigns, which we believe will be ready for us on 6th January 2009.

February Fasnacht Festival 2009
Including news from the World Money Fair in Berlin.

March Mayhem? 2009
The 1st of March 2009 should see the launch of the new one ounce "Pacific Sovereign" made for Fiji by the New Zealand Mint. We expect to receive one of the very first deliveries.
We also have good news about important new distributorships.
Please watch this space.

April Arrivals 2009
The 1st of March 2009 should see the launch of the new one ounce "Pacific Sovereign" made for Fiji by the New Zealand Mint. We expect to receive one of the very first deliveries.
We should also receive our first delivery of one ounce gold bullion Britannias direct from the Royal Mint.
We should be able to place our first direct order for one ounce gold bullion Krugerrands fro the Rand Refinery, but will probably not receive delivery until May.
Please watch this space.

Flexibility We would remind potential investors to read our "flexibility" page, part of the gold investment advice section of our website.

Investment Advice
You may wish to look at our gold investment advice page.

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