Hallmarking down 7.3% in May 2016

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Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for May 2016 show an overall decrease of  7.3% in the total number of items assayed compared with the same period in 2015, despite rises in gold, palladium and silver. 

A total of 713,564 pieces were handled by the Assay Offices, compared to 770,075 last year.

Silver suffered a decrease in articles hallmarked, with a dip of 20% overall. 925 silver took the largest hit, with a decrease of 78,583 items.

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Gold saw an increase of 3.8%, with palladium experiencing a rise of 14.5% and platinum soaring by 20%.

 

See the full May 2016 hallmarking figures below…

UK hallmarking figures May 2015 vs May 2016

Gold
24ct (999) – up 174.5% (151 items)
24ct (990) – Neutral (0 items)
22ct (916) – up 5.2% (41,683 items)
18ct (750) – up 15.6% (71,950 items)
14ct (585) – down 0.4% (7,497 items)
9ct (375) – up 0.8% (253,404 items)

Total gold items – up 3.8% (374,741 items)

Silver 
Fine silver (999) – up 95.8% (2,085 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 130.4% (2,350 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 20.8% (299,142 items)
800 parts silver – down 188.7% (179 items)

Total silver items – down 20% (303,756 items)

Platinum
999 parts – up 400% (5 items)
950 parts – up 21.9% (25,279 items)
900 parts – up 75% (7 items)
850 parts – down 450% (11 items)

Total platinum items – up 22% (25,302 items)

Palladium
999 parts – up 100% (1 item)
950 parts – up 14.5% (8,061 items)
500 parts – up 14.4% (1,703 items)

Total palladium items – up 14.5% (9,765 items)

Total items hallmarked in May 2016: 713,564 – down 7.3%

 

 

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