The total number of hallmarked pieces climbed 46.8% to 863,843 in December 2021, up from 588,575 for the same period in 2020.According to the Birmingham Assay Office, gold went up 26.5% to 370,853 in December, against last year’s 293,269.
Silver saw the largest increase in hallmarked pieces, jumping 69.4% year-on-year.
While the 466,124 hallmarked silver pieces in December 2021 represented the largest volume of hallmarked pieces, platinum followed in second with an increase of 32.9% to 26,668.
Meanwhile palladium increased 31.1% from 151 to 198.
The combined figures for the year saw an increase of 47.8% from 5,877,163 to 8,687,091 from 2020.