Silver hallmarking shows gains in April

Gold assaying still falling in UK; total figures fell 3% last month.

The Birmingham Assay Office has released the hallmarking figures for April all four UK Assay Offices, with a 3% fall compared to April 2012.

The total number of articles hallmarked by the four offices hit 612,989 last month. 

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The number of gold articles fell by 12.9%, with 9ct suffering the highest decline with a year-on-year drop of 20.5%.

Silver hallmarking fared better in April than it has for several months with an increase of 7.7% in the total number of silver articles hallmarked.

The number of platinum and palladium articles hallmarked fell by 5% and 20.4% respectively.

The facts and figures: UK hallmarking in April 2013 vs April 2012

Gold
24ct (999) – up 20.5% (53 items)
24ct (990) – down 22.9% (165 items)
22ct (916) – up 20.5% (28,144 items)
18ct (750) – down 2.9% (55,809 items)
14ct (585) – up 49.0% (5,771 items)
9ct (375) – down 20.5% (168,816 items)
Total gold items – down 12.9% (258,758 items)

Silver
Fine silver (999) – down 57.4% (736 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 2,097.7% (4,769 items)
Sterling silver (925) – up 6.6% (316,501 items)
800 parts silver – down 242.9% (24 items)
Total silver items – up 7.7% (322,030 items)

Platinum
999 parts – down 100% (0 items)
950 parts – down 5.1% (21,295 items)
900 parts – up 250% (21 items)
850 parts – up 50% (3 items)
Total platinum items – down 5% (21,319 items)

Palladium
999 parts – level (0 items)
950 parts – down 27.6% (9,279 items)
500 parts – up 86% (1,603 items)
Total palladium items – down 20.4% (10,882 items)

Total items hallmarked – down 3% (612,989 items)

 

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