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Monday, July 28, 2008

Pobjoy Mint

It is a good idea to read this write up about the Pobjoy Mint and find out who Pobjoy Mint are and what they are like before you deal with them.

In all transactions with gold or any other precious metal with any gold dealer, it is wise to do your own due diligence and find out as much about them as possible.

Who are Pobjoy Mint
The Pobjoy Mint was founded by Derek Pobjoy in 1965 after leaving his father, Ernest Pobjoy's, jewelry business and purchased his very first coin press.

Based in Surrey, England, the Pobjoy Mint is Europe's leading private Mint and manufactures legal tender commemorative and circulating coins, medals and tokens for various Governments, Central Banks and major companies throughout the world.

The Pobjoy family have been associated with fine metalwork since the Middle Ages. Recently, the company was granted permission to use the family Coat of Arms in which the Medieval Popinjay is the central motif.

The Popinjay was a painted wooden parrot used in archery contests in the 14th century and the name Pobjoy is derived from this. The Latin motto "OCULO CERTO" means "with an unerring eye" and applies to the Pobjoy's ancestral prowess as a marksman. Over the past three centuries, the Pobjoy company has been involved in many diverse fields, but always involved in metal, both base and precious. During World War II Pobjoy Aero Engineering was involved in the manufacturing of the famous Spitfire wings. They are now the largest private mint in Europe.

The current Managing Director is Taya Pobjoy and the Pobjoy family can trace its origins back to medieval times. Their address is: Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Kingswood, Surrey UK

The website for the Pobjoy Mint is www.pobjoy.com and has been online since around 1998

More Information about Pobjoy Mint

Over the past 100 years the Company has been involved in the development and manufacture of coins, medals and tokens including the production of fraud-proof tokens for the vending machine industry, calling for a higher degree of precision than the ordinary coinage. The Pobjoy Mint now has over 90 per cent of this market in the United Kingdom.

The Mint has also developed coining equipment. Apart from the circulating coinage produced on high speed presses, it has made a specialality of the deluxe pieces sought after by numismatic connoisseurs. The proof coins are individually struck by hand, at least four times each, on specially polished discs of precious metal.

A successful achievement was the introduction of the Noble, a bullion coin containing one ounce of pure platinum, and the Gold Angel. The Gold Angel Won the 'Best Gold Coin of the World' Award in the USA and is quoted daily in the Financial Times and on the screens of Reuters.

The Pobjoy Mint has strikes commemorative, circulating and pattern coins for the Isle of Man, Ascension Islands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bolivia, Burundi, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Gibraltar, Kyrghyzstan, Liberia, Macau, Niue, Peru, Philippines, St Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Tristan da Cunha, Uzbekistan, Western Samoa, Pitcairn Islands and Tajikistan.

In addition, many medallion issues have also been produced, most notably for Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Arab States. The mint has manufactured well over 50,000 medallions for worldwide use.

In 1996 Pobjoy Mint issued the world’s first hologram coin and in 1999, the World’s first Titanium coin.

The Mint has been successful in supplying the official Regalia, both military and civil, for the Sultan of Oman. It has worked closely with the Ruler of Dubai and produced many official pieces. It is currently under contract to the Ruler of Bahrain and is producing objet d’art in precious metals and natural stones. It has also been privileged to manufacture sumptuous presentation pieces on behalf of several Governments, for presentation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family.

Since 1984 when the Pobjoy Mint was awarded its first Coin of the Year Award, it has won the following awards for its coins:
1984 COTY, Best Gold Coin, Angel, Isle of Man
1987 COTY, Best Crown, Olympic Runner, Cook Islands $50
1990 Winner of Queen’s Award for Export Achievement
1990 COTY, Coin of the Year, Penny Black Crown, Isle of Man
1990 COTY, Most Innovative Coinage, Penny Black Crown, Isle of Man
1990 COTY, Most Popular Coin, Alley Cat Crown, Isle of Man
1990 COTY, Best Crown, Penny Black Crown, Isle of Man
1992 Medal of Merit - awarded to Derek Pobjoy by the Board of Governors of the American Numismatic Association for dedication and distinguished service to the ANA.
1993 COTY, Most Popular Coin, Stegosaurus Crown, Gibraltar
1993 Vreneli-Preis awarded to Derek Pobjoy by Münzen-Revue for outstanding contribution to numismatics.
1993 ANA Appreciation Award awarded to Derek Pobjoy by the American Numismatic Association for an outstanding contribution to numismatics.
1994 Children Society Award awarded to Pobjoy Mint for support and participation in the Daily Mail Le Walk Appeal.
1996 COTY, Best Contemporary Event, Peace Rose, Bosnia & Herzegovina
1997 COTY, Most Inspirational Coin, Princess Diana with Mother Teresa, Sierra Leone
1998 COTY, Most Inspirational Coin, Peace Dove, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Of course, all coins which are to bear the Queens effigy on the obverse has to be submitted to Her Majesty's Government and ultimately to Buckingham Palace for the Queens consent. A great deal of time may elapse between the preliminary sketch and the final design, as a result of modifications.

Some of the countries which the Pobjoy Mint strike legal tender and precious metal coins such as gold and silver are:
The British Virgin Islands
The Seychelles
Isle of Man
Sierra Leone
Falkland Islands
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Liberia
Pitcairn Islands
Pobjoy Mint Products
Here is a selection of the coins available from the Pobjoy Mint:
Isle of Man Exotic Shorthair Cat 2006 Coin
Isle of Man & The British Virgin Islands Bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar 2005 Two Coin Set
British Virgin Islands 500th Quincentenary of the Death of Christopher Columbus 2006 3 Coin Set
British Virgin Islands Commemorate The 10th Anniversary of The Death of Princess Diana 2007 Coin
Republic of Sierra Leone Commemorate The 10th Anniversary of The Death of Princess Diana 2007 Coin
Falkland Islands Commemorate The 10th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Diana 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Queen's Beasts 2006 Coin
British Virgin Islands 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 2006 Coin
Sierra Leone Da Vinci 'Last Supper' 2006 Coins
Falkland Islands Commemorate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel 2006 Coins
British Virgin Islands The 80th Birthday of an English Rose 2006 Coins
Isle of Man Christmas 50p 'Two Turtle Doves' 2006 Coins
Isle of Man Christmas Angel 2006 Coin
Isle of Man Peter Rabbit 2007 Coin
British Virgin Islands Quadricentennial of The Founding of Jamestown 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Ragdoll Cat 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Celebrate The Centenary of The Scouts 2007 Coin
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Native Wildlife of the Sub-Antarctic 2006 Coins
Falkland Islands Celebrate The 25th Anniversary of Their Liberation 2007 Coins
Falkland Islands Liberation 50 Pence 2007 Coin
Falkland Islands 20th Anniversary of the Fishery 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Swans 2007 Coin
Falkland Islands Celebrates The Royal Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip 2007 Coins
Isle of Man Celebrate The Royal Diamond Wedding Anniversary with This Beautiful Tri-Gold 2007 Coin
British Virgin Islands Commemorate The 10th Anniversary of The Death of Princess Diana 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Christmas 50p 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Christmas Angel 2007 Coin
British Virgin Islands Commemorate the Union of Scotland and England 2007 Coin
Isle of Man Celebrates The Return of Tutankhamen 2008 Coins
Isle of Man New 2008 Gold Angel Coin
Isle of Man Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Paddington Bear 2008 Coin
Isle of Man London Olympic Collection Centenary 2008
British Virgin Islands 450th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I 2008 Ryal Coin
British Virgin Islands 450th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I 2008 2 Coin G999.9 Gold Set
British Virgin Islands 450th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I 2008 Coronation Coin with Ruby
Falkland Islands 70th Anniversary of the Spitfire Proof Fine 999.9 Gold
Isle of Man Proof Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat 5 Coin Set 2008
Isle of Man BU 1oz Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man BU 1/2oz Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man BU 1/5oz Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man BU 1/10oz Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man BU 1/25oz Fine 999.9 Gold Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man Proof Fine 999.9 Gold Colour Burmilla Cat Coin 2008
Isle of Man 20 Years of the Cat 1/20oz Fine Gold 20 Coin Set 2008
Isle of Man Wonders of the World 2008 Coin 1oz Proof Fine 999.9 Gold With Sand
Pobjoy Mint Payment Options and Shipping
Pobjoy accept the major credit cards on line and one will need to give them details and open an account to use their services as is usual with online dealers and mints. Also Cheques and Postal Orders are accepted and should be made payable to Pobjoy Mint Ltd.

All prices shown are in Pounds Sterling and are exclusive of VAT (Value Added Tax). Some goods are VAT free and those are marked with an Asterisk (*). All deliveries to the EU are charged VAT (17.5 percent).

Price of gold and silver and other precious metals will be dependent on the spot price of those metals of course.

Pobjoy Mint advises there is a 28 day delivery time from the acceptance of an order.

The Pobjoy Mint also certifies that it will buy back from the original purchaser any coins or set of coins within 30 days of receipt for the full original price.

To return goods you will need to notify them by email or phone first. Check the website for details.

Pobjoy will charge £3.00 for orders dispatched within the UK and £7.50 for order within the ECC. Order outside of the ECC are charged £10.50.

For orders to the USA will depend on the value of the order. Up to 100 dollars is a 5 dollar charge. From 100 to 500 dollars it is $7.50 and so on

Last Word on the Pobjoy Mint
Here is an example of how Pobjoy sees an opportunity and is able to take advantage of it using gold and silver coins.

The Managing Director Taya Pobjoy stated, “When I heard the movie was coming out, I thought what a wonderful idea it would be to make wizard money”. And so when the first Harry Potter Movie came out, 25,000 specially minted coins were produced by the Pobjoy mint. It was billed as the world's first official legal tender coin based on the JK Rowling books, which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. At the time Managing Director Tanya Pobjoy said: "It has gone manic here. People are going crazy buying them. We sold more than 25,000 in five hours on Wednesday."

Such coins are more for collectors of course than for investment. Investment in gold and silver is best done using gold or silver rounds and bullion bars. Also one can invest in gold and silver by owning it and not having the hassle of storage and transport issues, by going to goldmoney.com and opening an account there.

If you have bought any gold or silver coins or bullion from www.pobjoy.com, please feel free to leave your feedback on the quality of service and products including any www.pobjoy.com online complaints and special attention or service given by www.pobjoy.com online.

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