Hallmarking down 10.5% in July as gold, silver and palladium take hits

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Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for July 2015 show a reduction in the overall hallmarking number compared to the same period in 2014.

The total number of pieces hallmarked across all four UK Assay Offices was down 10.5%.

All categories of metal, with the exception of platinum, were affected with gold articles hallmarked down 9.6%, silver down 12.1% and palladium down 10.5%. Platinum remained flat against last year.

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The full results can be seen below…

UK hallmarking figures July 2015 vs July 2014

Gold
24ct (999) – down 29.4% (24 items)
24ct (990) – Neutral (0 items)
22ct (916) – up 6.4% (44, 106 items)
18ct (750) – down 10.3% (71, 081 items)
14ct (585) – down 5.7% (7,215 items)
9ct (375) – down 11.8% (261,893 items)

Total gold items – down 9.6% (384, 319 items)

Silver 
Fine silver (999) – up 1.2% (2, 784 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 55.0% (902 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 13% (357, 629 items)
800 parts silver – Neutral (2, 676 items)

Total silver items – down 12.1% (363, 991 items)

Platinum
999 parts – Neutral (8 items)
950 parts – up 0.9% (23, 847 items)
900 parts – down 84.2% (6 items)
850 parts – up 100% (42 items)

Total platinum items – up 1.0% (23, 903 items)

Palladium
999 parts – up 100% (2 items)
950 parts – down 13.2% (6, 404 items)
500 parts – up 2.4% (1,262 items)

Total palladium items – down 10.9% (7, 668 items)

Total items hallmarked in July 2015: 779, 881 – down 10.5 %

 

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