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January 2017 Review

January 2017 gold price recap, worries over a strong dollar and the effect on the gold price and a decline in gold demand in both India and China.
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2016: Annual Review

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Our annual year in review takes a look at some of the most popular bullion news stories from 2016. A year which included both Brexit and the US Election.
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Platinum from The Royal Mint

Platinum bars
The Royal Mint and World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) to partner on new range of platinum investment products in 2017.
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October 2016 Review

Donald Trump Election
Our post-Election market roundup looks at some of the highs and lows of the last month and possible future market position predictions.
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September 2016 - Review

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Gold Jumps on August US Jobs Data, September Gold Price Fluctuations, Strengthening Demand in India for Gold and US Presidential Debate
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Metal fineness explained

The nature of gold
When it comes to precious metals, we will have all heard of terms like sterling silver but what do they actually mean when it comes to the fineness of the metals?
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A history of Vaults & Storage

Vault Storage
At The Royal Mint, our own vaults are used to store precious metals and coinage, but there are numerous vaults around the world, with a wide array of different uses.
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August 2016 Market Review

August 2016 Bullion Market News
Indian gold imports drop, discussion around the US Fed continues, first gold 'poured' from Scottish mine and a new method of gold recovery from electronics
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A checklist for gold and silver

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Many people choose to invest in gold and silver, however investing in such metals involves taking a number of factors into account, such as storage and costs.
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How rare are precious metals?

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The best known precious metals are of course gold and silver, which have both been made into currency and objects of art since before recorded history began.
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Eight interesting gold facts

eight interesting gold facts
Did you know vast quantities of gold exist in the ocean and gold medals awarded at the Olympics have not been pure gold since before World War 1
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July 2016 Market Review

August 2016 Bullion News
Bank of England interest rates and gold, Central banks increase gold buying throughout June and a golden year for Britain’s oldest manufacturer
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Including Gold in your Pension

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Thinking ahead to your retirement? UK citizens who are looking to enhance their SIPP or SSAS could benefit from certain tax relief by purchasing gold.
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Post Brexit Market Review

Brexit Referendum and Gold
For this months market roundup we look at some of the precious metal stories on the run up to the EU referendum and the situation following the result.
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Interest Rates and Gold

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The Bank of England will meet today to discuss interest rates, a decision which could have repercussions on the gold price and national and international markets.
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Brexit and the impact on gold

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Towards the end of last week many commodities fell sharply in response to the EU referendum vote - but what happened to precious metals?
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Financial Hedging Explained

Financial Hedging and Bullion Explained
You may have heard of hedging your bets but what is financial hedging and how can it be used to insulate your portfolio against a volatile market?
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Gold or Silver for Investment?

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Two of the most traded commodities that professional investors look to are gold and silver bullion, but what is the appeal of one over the other?
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Brexit & Gold - Results

EU Referendum Gold Price Vote
We asked our users how they think gold and other precious metals could be affected by the possibility of a 'Brexit'? View the results here.
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May 2016 Review

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The World Gold Council releases the Q1 demand trend report, central banks are loading up on gold and we ask - how much gold is there in London - and the world?
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What is a Troy ounce?

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Trading in precious metals such as gold and silver is usually by weight and often in troy ounces. What is a troy ounce and how does it differ from a 'normal' ounce?
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Bull and Bear Markets

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Are you a bull or a bear? Here we explain what bull and bear market trends and how this affects investment trends within the gold and precious metals market.
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April 2016 Review

Euro EU Gold Brexit
Gold price could 'explode' if Britain votes for Brexit, China's new gold fix is launched and jewelers in India are reopened following earlier strikes.
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How else is silver used?

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Apart from investment - what other uses are there for this precous metal and how does demand in the market affect the price paid by investors?
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The Other Precious Metals

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Even though gold is very popular, it isn’t the only precious metal you can buy. There are a myriad of other metals, each with their own uses and options.
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Gold & silver: facts at a glance

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Did you know that gold never rusts? And that silver is best reflector of visible light? Find out more about the most famous of precious metals
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Taking care of coins and bars

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One of the reassuring things about owning gold is that it is a physical commodity. Once you have bought it, the question arises of how to look after it and store it
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The wonderful world of gold

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When we think of gold, we think of bars stored in huge bank vaults - what other forms does gold take and can someone use gold to communicate or even eat?
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March 2016 Review

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Germany to repatriate half its gold by 2020, the UAE takes a tough stance on counterfeit Sovereign sales and gold demand falls across India.
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Queen's Beasts Coin Release

Queens Beasts Coins
The Queen’s Beasts range provide a new option for those looking to invest and also include a two-ounce silver coin – a first for Royal Mint Bullion.
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What makes metals precious?

what makes metals precious
Precious metals are not just rare metals. They also have had a powerful effect on human history, and gave rise to the very concept of ‘money’
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Gold Silver Ratio Explained

what is the gold silver ratio
The value of gold and silver bullion has generally risen and fallen in relative tandem over time; where gold goes, silver follows but what is the gold silver ratio?
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A Brief History of Gold

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From the first smelting of gold in ancient Egypt in 3600 BC to gold as a key global commodity. What is the global history of gold & how has the landscape changed?
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February 2016 Review

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Gold price rises by over 24% amid concerns over the possibility of a 'Brexit' & the World Gold Council releases its latest demand report.
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What is the Gold Fix?

August 2016 Bullion Market News
If you’re new to the gold market one of the first things you’ll need to get to grips with is the gold 'fix price' and how it applies. Here’s what you need to know
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What was the Gold Standard?

what was the gold standard
Gold was once one of the central ways for a country to control its currency value. Here, we look at the rise and fall of the gold standard and why it is no longer used
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Gold & Silver: A Buyer's Guide

Struggling to decide between gold or silver? Don’t know whether you’re best off buying coins, bars or Signature Gold? Find the answers in this simple buying guide
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5 Surprising Gold Finds

5 Surprising Gold Finds from across the world gold bullion finds
Gold is found all over the world, but giant nuggets are rare, we take a look at where it’s most abundant and some of the more unusual discoveries.
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The Journey of Gold

The Journey Of Gold from ground to mint
What are the different ways that gold’s mined, what happens once it’s extracted, how does it go from ore to a form where it can be used as a useful storage of wealth?
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When to Buy Gold

When to buy gold
Gold is traditionally seen as a safe haven, a port in a storm, a store of value when war, disorder, famine or pestilence seems close at hand.
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The Properties of Gold

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Gold is a metal with practical uses, yet the vast majority of gold ever mined has been consumed as either jewellery, a financial asset for individuals or backing for the world’s monetary system.
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How to store your bullion

How to store gold and silver bullion safely
Whether you’re storing your coins and bars professionally or at home, you’ll need to ensure your Bullion is properly protected from theft and damage.
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January 2016 Review

August 2016 Bullion News
Gold price set to rise amid market volatility, tension in Asia causes a gold price rally and The Sovereign 2016 Bullion coin is released on the Royal Mint Bullion trading platform.
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2015: Annual Review

December 2015 Bullion News
Our annual year in review takes a reflective look at some of the most notable Bullion news stories from 2015, from the revival of the historic RMR brand to the release of the cast 1 kg gold bar.
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Why Buy Gold?

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There are many calls on our money, and many financial assets that we may consider acquiring - but why choose to buy gold?
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November 2015 Review

November 2015 Bullion News
The World Gold Council Releases its Gold Market Update for Quarter 3, 2015, China still on a gold ‘buying spree’ and could there be a goldmine in Britain's sewers?
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Why Gold?

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Gold – physical, tangible gold – is an asset that resonates deep in the human psyche.
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October 2015 Review

October 2015 Bullion News
Germany lists all its gold in 2,300-page document, The Gold Kilo Bar is released, India’s gold consumption overtakes China’s, Venezuela may be forced to sell 80 tonnes of gold.
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Signature Gold Compared

Signature Gold Compared
With the recent significant reduction in Signature Gold premiums, we thought we would look at the difference between buying Signature Gold and bars and coins.
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Why are there dates on coins?

why are there dates on bullion coins?
Following the launch of the 2016 Royal Mint Bullion coin range, we talk to the Director of The Royal Mint Museum, Kevin Clancy about the history of dates on coins.
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Gold and Capital Gains Tax

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The Sovereign, gold & silver Britannia and Lunar Bullion coins are exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for UK residents - what does this mean for an investor?
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September 2015 Review

September 2015 Bullion News
Gold prices rally as Federal Reserve maintains interest rates, silver shortages spark investment upsurge, and China National Gold Group Co joins World Gold Council.
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2016 Lunar Bullion Range

2016 Lunar Bullion Range
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with this bullion-grade Chinese Lunar calendar coin available in gold and silver from Royal Mint Bullion.
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The Question of Ownership

Do you own gold
No-one deposits cash in a bank expecting those very same notes and coins to eventually be returned to them. What of gold? Does the purchaser “own” a specific bar or coin?
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The Allure of Gold Bars

The Allure of Gold Bars
Following the launch of the 1 kg Royal Mint Refinery Gold Bar we take a look at the attraction of gold bars and why they’re still as relevant now as hundreds of years ago.
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August 2015 Review

August 2015 Bullion Review
Europe becomes ‘world’s leading bar and coin market’, Russia continues to stockpile gold, China reveals that reserves continue to expand and gold surges as Fed delay an interest-rate rise.
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Gold price fluctuations

What causes the price of gold to fluctuate and change
From supply and demand to changes in the economic climate, what factors influence the price of gold?
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July 2015 Review

July 2015 Bullion News
China shocks by revealing bullion reserves, 4,7 tonnes of gold sold in just 2 mins, gold price drops as dollar strengthens and as gold dips, silver surges.
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June 2015 Review

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Grexit uncertainty sparks gold rush, The Royal Mint launches Signature Gold and China plans yuan gold fix.
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Why buy Signature Gold?

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Buying gold isn’t just for heavyweight investors. With Signature Gold™ you can put your money into gold with prices starting at just £20
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What is Gold Bullion?

What is gold bullion
Gold Bullion is, first and foremost, a monetary asset.
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May 2015 Review

May 2015 Bullion News
Russia resumes its stockpiling of gold, China establishes a $16bn gold fund, demand for European gold increases and silver heats up.
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Buying Gold Online

Buying gold online
Gold may be the world’s oldest monetary asset but these days it is traded using 21st Century technology.
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What are fractional coins?

What are fractional bullion coins
Gold Bullion coins come in all shapes and sizes and fractional coins offer accessibility and flexibility for your Bullion collection.
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April 2015 Review

April 2015 Bullion News
Gold demand among central banks set to remain strong, China sees boost in popularity for gold and sales of silver jewellery in the US are up.
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The Nature of Gold

The nature of gold
Looked at through the eyes of a scientist, gold is a “transition metal” with an atomic number of 79 and carrying the symbol “Au”, from the Latin word, aurum.
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March 2015 Review

August 2016 Bullion Market News
China’s rumoured new yuan gold fix to rival London’s, reports that the gold price will double by 2030, the first LBMA auction takes place, and India reduces its tariff on gold and silver.
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Tax on Bullion Coins

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Tax on Bullion coins Gold, silver and other precious metals can maintain special positions in the market in relation to tax regimes.
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February 2015 Review

February 2015 Bullion News
Gold-fix replacement talks, fears over the Greek exit, a gold slump as China takes a break from buying bullion and Belgium looks to repatriate its gold reserves.
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Silver & Gold VAT Explained

Silver And Gold VAT explained
Why do I pay VAT on silver but not on gold and when are my gold and silver bullion and coins subject to Capital Gains Tax?
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January 2015 Review

Royal Mint Refinery Bars gold news
Gold and silver bars being sold by Royal Mint for first time in almost half a century, the Chinese go lunar for gold and Bundesbank continues to repatriate its stores.
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How to Buy Gold

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Once someone has decided on a purchase, the obvious question is – how to buy gold?
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December 2014 Review

December 2014 Bullion News Roundup
Save our Swiss gold’ is rejected, Russia and China continue to add to their gold reserves and Christmas sees demand rise for physical gold.
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