95,000 article increase for hallmarking in October

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Figures climb 8.3% compared to 2013 as 9ct maintains top spot.

The latest hallmarking figures from the Birmingham Assay Office show that the total number of articles hallmarked across the four UK Assay Offices in October was 8.3% up on the same month in 2013 – an increase of 95,112 items hallmarked overall.

Gold continues its run at the forefront of assaying increases, with 9ct gold the strongest performing category again last month. In all, 92,878 additional 9ct pieces were hallmarked against the same month last year. This translates as an increase of 24.3%.

The figures also show that 18ct gold has been on the increase, with 23,832 more pieces hallmarked compared to October 2013, an increase of 26.0%.

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The number of silver articles hallmarked was down by 3.8% whilst platinum and palladium were up by 2.9% and 14.5% respectively.

 

UK Hallmarking figures October 2014 vs October 2013

Gold
24ct (999) – up 407.9% (193 items)
24ct (990) – up 100% (2 items)
22ct (916) – down 8.8% (39,623 items)
18ct (750) – up 26% (115,580 items)
14ct (585) – up 44.4% (9,054 items)
9ct (375) – up 24.3% (475,464 items)
Total gold items – up 22.1% (639,916 items)

Silver
Fine silver (999) – up 76% (2,362 items)
Britannia silver (958) – down 77.7% (493 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 3.7% (564,748 items)
800 parts silver – up 125% (45 items)
Total silver items – down 3.8% (567,648 items)

Platinum
999 parts – up 100% (3 items)
950 parts – up 3% (24,898 items)
900 parts – down 43.6% (22 items)
850 parts – up 33.3% (8 items)
Total platinum items – up 2.9% (24,931 items)

Palladium
999 parts – level (0 items)
950 parts – up 8.6% (6,846 items)
500 parts – up 56.5% (1,376 items)
Total palladium items – up 14.5% (8,222 items)

Total items hallmarked in October 2014: 1,240,717- up 8.3%
 

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