Silver boosts January 2018 hallmarking figures

Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for January 2018 show an increase in items assayed compared to the same period in 2017. 

The number of units hallmarked by the four UK Assay Offices in January 2018 up by 13% year-on-year as silver delivers a strong performance.

Interestingly, the number of items hallmarked was down on all metals, apart from silver, which soared by 29%. Gold, platinum and palladium and platinum decreased by 4.5%, 5.9% and 33.1% respectively.

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UK hallmarking figures January 2018 vs January 2017

Gold
24ct (999) – up 7775% (105 items)
24ct (990) – up 100% (6 items)
22ct (916) – up 0.1% (30,993 items)
18ct (750) – up 6.8% (56,703 items)
14ct (585) – up 7.6% (7,418 items)
9ct (375) – down 9.8% (143,797 items)

Total gold items – down 4.5% (239,022 items)

Silver 
Fine silver (999) – up 35.1% (2,814 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 156.7% (1,273 items)
Sterling silver (925) – up 28.7% (421,536 items)
800 parts silver – up 300% (8 items)

Total silver items – up 29% (425,631 items)

Platinum
999 parts – up 200% (6 items)
950 parts – down 5.9% (20,891 items)
900 parts – Neutral (10 items)
850 parts – up 100% (1 item)

Total platinum items – down 5.9% (20,908 items)

Palladium
999 parts – up 100% (1 item)
950 parts – down 30.8% (5,087 items)
500 parts – down 40.1% (1,448 items)

Total palladium items – down 33.1% (6,536 items)

Total items hallmarked in January 2017: 692,097 – up 13%

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