Hallmarking suffers monthly slump of 12%

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Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for July 2016 show an overall decrease of  11.8% in the total number of items assayed compared with the same period in 2015.

A total of 687,550 pieces were handled by the Assay Offices, compared to 779,881 last year.

Silver suffered a decrease in articles hallmarked, with a dip of 11.4% overall. Gold saw the largest hit as the assay offices reported a 14.3% decrease.

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Palladium saw an increase of 7%, with platinum seeing a rise of 35.1%.

See the full July 2016 hallmarking figures below…

UK hallmarking figures July 2015 vs July 2016

Gold
24ct (999) – up 212.5% (75 items)
24ct (990) – Neutral (1 items)
22ct (916) – down 27.1% (32,149 items)
18ct (750) – down 11.1% (63,196 items)
14ct (585) – down 9.5% (6,532 items)
9ct (375) – down 13.2% (227,239 items)

Total gold items – down 14.3% (329,192 items)

Silver 
Fine silver (999) – down 32.3% (1,885 items)
Britannia silver (958) – down 28.4% (646 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 10.6% (319,657 items)
800 parts silver – down 90.8% (245 items)

Total silver items – down 11.4% (322,433 items)

Platinum
999 parts – up 37.5% (11 items)
950 parts – up 6.9% (25,498 items)
900 parts – up 400% (30 items)
850 parts – down 38.1% (26 items)

Total platinum items – up 7.0% (25,565 items)

Palladium
999 parts – down 50% (1 item)
950 parts – up 40.9% (9,021 items)
500 parts – up 6.0% (1,338 items)

Total palladium items – up 35.1% (10,360 items)

Total items hallmarked in July 2016: 687,550 – down 11.8%

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