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Gold drives down hallmarking figures in January

The number of gold articles hallmarked across all four UK Assay Offices fell significantly during the month of January, driving down the hallmarking total for the month.

According to data compiled and supplied by the Birmingham Assay Office, there were a total of 41,336 fewer gold articles hallmarked in January 2017 compared to the same month the prior year, representing a decrease of -13.4%, with gold the only metal to see a dip in January.

Silver, platinum and palladium all increased during January 2017 against January 2016 up by 1.6%, 3.1% and 34.5% respectively.

Overall, the hallmarking total was down by 4.9% with 32,860 fewer articles hallmarked during the month.

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