Hallmarking dips 3% in March as sterling takes hit

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Silver, gold and palladium fall as platinum holds its own in March.

The latest hallmarking figures from the Birmingham Assay Office show hallmarking dipped slightly in March 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, with sterling silver and 14ct gold showing losses of 5% and 11.5% respectively. 

The only category to show gains is platinum, which rose by 10.5% in March compared to the previous year. 

The full results can be seen below… 

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UK hallmarking figures March 2015 vs March 2014

Gold
24ct (999) – down 51.9% (25 items)
24ct (990) – up 100% (2 items)
22ct (916) – up 27.8% (54,033 items)
18ct (750) – down 1.8% (60,633 items)
14ct (585) – down 11.5% (6,380 items)
9ct (375) – down 8.1% (232,639 items)

Total gold items – down 2.9% (353,712 items)

Silver
Fine silver (999) – down 9.3% (1,357 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 70.2% (1,486 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 5% (315,205 items)
800 parts silver – up 471.9% (183 items)

Total silver items – down 4.8% (318,231 items)

Platinum
999 parts – Neutral (0 items)
950 parts – up 10.5% (23,089 items)
900 parts – down 5.7% (66 items)
850 parts – up 200% (15 items)

Total platinum items – up 10.5% (23,170 items)

Palladium
999 parts – Neutral (0items)
950 parts – down 12.4% (6,564 items)
500 parts – up 3.7% (1,048 items)

Total palladium items – down 10.5% (7,612 items)

Total items hallmarked in January 2015: 702,725 – down 3.5%

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