Positivity as August hallmarking climbs 12.5%

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9ct gold and silver remain popular metals as PGMs remain in decline.

Hallmarking figures for the four UK Assay Offices, as compiled by the Birmingham Assay Office, have revealed a continued positive trajectory for assaying, with the number of units marked up 12.5% last month compared to August 2013.

The latest figures show strong performances in the categories of 9ct and silver, which climbed 10.2% and 18.2% respectively.

Following a tumultuous few months, the total number of platinum articles hallmarked was down 10.2% and palladium down 43%.

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In total, almost 795,000 items were assayed last month, a small decline on July’s bumper month when 871,830 items were hallmarked in the UK.

UK Hallmarking figures August 2014 vs August 2013

Gold
24ct (999) – up 35.5% (42 items)
24ct (990) – down 100% (0 items)
22ct (916) – up 24.4% (40,042 items)
18ct (750) – up 1.5% (64,741 items)
14ct (585) – up 20.3% (7,729 items)
9ct (375) – up 10.9% (239,089 items)
Total gold items – up 10.6% (351,643 items)

Silver
Fine silver (999) – up 33.4% (2,066 items)
Britannia silver (958) – down 61.5% (805 items)
Sterling silver (925) – up 18.2% (413,184 items)
800 parts silver – down 99.4% (1 items)
Total silver items – up 17.7% (416,056 items)

Platinum
999 parts – level (0 items)
950 parts – down 10.2% (19,807 items)
900 parts – down 38.9% (11 items)
850 parts – down 33.3% (4 items)
Total platinum items – down 10.2% (19,822 items)

Palladium
999 parts – level (0 items)
950 parts – down 48.8% (6,244 items)
500 parts – up 15.7% (1,199 items)
Total palladium items – down 43.8% (7,443 items)

Total items hallmarked in August 2014: 794,964 – up 12.5%

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