Hallmarking figures compiled by Assay Office Birmingham for August 2015 show a reduction in the overall hallmarking number compared to the same period in 2014.

The total number of pieces hallmarked across all four UK Assay Offices was down 12.4%.

Gold articles hallmarked were down 8.5% whilst silver was down 17.0%, both mirroring a very similar position in the month of July. However Platinum articles were up 3.1% and Palladium up 14.9%.

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The full results can be seen below…

UK hallmarking figures August 2015 vs August 2015

Gold
24ct (999) – down 61.9% (16 items)
24ct (990) – Neutral (0 items)
22ct (916) – up 3.7% (41,528 items)
18ct (750) – up 2.3% (66,215 items)
14ct (585) – down 38.9% (4,726 items)
9ct (375) – down 12.4% (209,358 items)

Total gold items – down 8.5% (321,843 items)

Silver 
Fine silver (999) – down -21.1% (1,630 items)
Britannia silver (958) – up 21.1% (975 items)
Sterling silver (925) – down 17.5% (340,740 items)
800 parts silver – Neutral (2, 078 items)

Total silver items – down 17.0% (345,423 items)

Platinum
999 parts – Neutral (4 items)
950 parts – up 2.9% (20,391 items)
900 parts – down 72.7% (3 items)
850 parts – up 100% (36 items)

Total platinum items – up 3.1% (20,434 items)

Palladium
999 parts – Neutral (0 items)
950 parts – up 15.2% (7,190 items)
500 parts – up 13.5% (1,361 items)

Total palladium items – up 14.9% (8,551 items)

Total items hallmarked in August 2015: 696,251 – down 12.4 %

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