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2015 full-year hallmarking edges upwards

The total number of hallmarked items fell by 1% in December suggesting a flat Christmas, but the annual figures for full-year 2015 edged up by 1% compared with the previous year.

Data from all four assay offices in the UK – compiled by the Birmingham Assay Office – showed the total number of items hallmarked during 2015 was 10,495,355 – up from 10,395,236 the previous year.

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Despite this, during the month of December the number of items hallmarked fell from 935,521 in the same month last year to 926,207. This drop was largely down to gold which reported an overall drop of 3.2%.

Platinum soared during the month by 20.1%, however silver remained relatively flat with a 0.4% increase on the previous year and the number of palladium items hallmarked fell 5.5%.

Across the full year, gold and platinum performed well recording increases of 2.4% and 9.4% respectively, while silver articles fell 0.8% and palladium fell 6.7%.

December results:  

Month Month Variance %
Dec-14 Dec-15
Gold
999 41 27 -14 -34.1
990 0 29 29 100.0
916 29,766 29,500 -266 -0.9
750 83,089 77,514 -5,575 -6.7
585 7,394 8,928 1,534 20.7
375 330,690 320,455 -10,235 -3.1
450,980 436,453 -14,527 -3.2
Silver
999 1,013 758 -255 -25.2
958 352 1,210 858 243.8
925 457,731 458,901 1,170 0.3
800 50 58 8 16.0
459,146 460,927 1,781 0.4
Platinum
999 1 1 0 0.0
950 18,712 22,636 3,924 21.0
900 7 1 -6 -85.7
850 130 3 -127 -97.7
18,850 22,641 3,791 20.1
Palladium
999 0 0 0 0.0
950 5,451 5741 290 5.3
500 1,094 445 -649 -59.3
6,545 6186 -359 -5.5
935,521 926,207 -9,314 -1.0

 Full-year 2015 results:

Year Year Variance %
Dec-14 Dec-15
Gold
999 699 784 85 12.2
990 33 132 99 300.0
916 461,828 512,270 50,442 10.9
750 881,685 896,952 15,267 1.7
585 87,526 97,618 10,092 11.5
375 3,596,520 3,642,448 45,928 1.3
5,028,291 5,150,204 121,913 2.4
Silver
999 19,498 18,703 -795 -4.1
958 8,913 14,728 5,815 65.2
925 4,976,270 4,927,677 -48,593 -1.0
800 635 5,487 4,852 764.1
5,005,316 4,966,595 -38,721 -0.8
Platinum
999 20 42 22 110.0
950 254,963 279,437 24,474 9.6
900 219 253 34 15.5
850 717 156 -561 -78.2
255,919 279,888 23,969 9.4
Palladium
999 0 575 575 100.0
950 86,499 82235 -4,264 -4.9
500 19,211 15858 -3,353 -17.5
105,710    98,668 -7,042 -6.7
10,395,236 10,495,355 100,119 1.0

 

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