Frequently Asked Questions
No, we cannot provide you with actual financial advice. However we can make you aware of the most tax efficient ways of buying physical gold and silver in the UK and share our market expertise – to guide you towards the best value purchase and most balanced portfolio. We recommend an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) if you’d prefer to seek separate advice.
Commodities only become regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) once they are securitised. Therefore buying physical gold or silver falls outside of the FCA. The tax rules affecting gold, including the VAT exemption, Capital Gains Tax, and qualification for UK pensions are governed by HMRC. PGL are a proud member of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA), so are also obliged to operate within their strict rule of ethics.
Absolutely! We are a member of the BNTA, the leading trade association for gold coin dealers, the National Association for Pension Funds (NAPF), The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)and the Institute for Financial Planners (IFP).
We are partners with around 15 leading UK pension providers, and work with a whole network of IFAs, who have all carried out strict due diligence on us.
See credentials page for more info
We are based in the city of London, in the old Nat West tower.
Our full address is;
Tower 42, 5th floor
25 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HN
These are our administrative offices so all our metals are handled out of East London. Picking up metals in person can pose security and insurance risks. Therefore, any orders are posted by insured delivery.
We have joined the Government’s anti-money laundering scheme, which means we need to adhere to its ID requirements. If you purchase £5,000 or more in one transaction or make several purchases totalling over £10,000 in one year, then we will need two forms of ID. One needs to be a picture (passport/driving license), the other a recent proof of address (3mth or less utility/bank bill). We need either originals or certified copies. Photocopies can be certified by the following people; GP, Accountant, Civil Servant, Teacher, Solicitor, Notary, Employer or at a minimal charge – a post office worker. We also reserve the right to request ID for investments smaller than these amounts.
We accept either bank transfers, credit or debit cards. Card payments are limited up to the value of £5,000. We accept payment by Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro and MasterCard Debit as well as all Visa and MasterCard Credit Cards and Amex.
A surcharge of 1.95% (Maestro), 1.5% (Visa Credit/Mastercard), 2% (Amex) will be applied on these card payments. There is no charge for using your debit card.
See here for more info (including 3d secure payment)
There is currently no VAT to pay when purchasing investment gold in the UK. The official HMRC exemption applies to all gold or purity 22 karat or higher in the form of a coin or bar. With the VAT rate set to rise to 20%, this represents a great saving over silver and platinum which are taxable.
VAT is normally applicable to silver purchases in the UK, but both our silver options are UK VAT free.
See this guide on VAT
We do not charge any commission or management fees. We make our money by buying gold and silver at wholesale prices and selling on to retail. There is, of course, a margin between where we buy and sell. To reflect this simple process, we pass on discounts to you according to how much you buy.
You are always best to go back first to the place where you bought the precious metals. We offer a BUYBACK GUARANTEE with all the gold and silver we sell, meaning that we will always repurchase the metals at market rate.
You will need to complete a metals sales form if you wish to sell coins or bars which we are storing for you. This is because when we store gold and silver on your behalf, you remain the legal owner, so your signature is required for us to move your allocation.
See our sell metals page for more info and indicative prices
You’ll receive an invoice and Certificate of Authenticity with every purchase. You’ll also be sent a Storage Agreement providing legal ownership if you opt for one of our storage options.
There are advantages of both methods. The main advantage of investing outside of a pension is your ability to sell the gold and realise your profits whenever you need. With a pension, you can sell the gold at any point, but the proceeds will generally need to remain within the pension until retirement age.
The huge benefit of pension gold is the discount of up to 45% you can receive through tax relief. Your decision will be based on personal circumstances and you may decide to seek guidance from an IFA. Many customers decide that variety is the best way to invest and put some gold into their pension, and keep some liquid.
If you like the idea of protecting yourself with precious metals but have little upfront cash to invest, then our Monthly Saver may be a good option. This is a simple way to save regularly from as little as £150/month, and you will gradually accumulate a holding of physical gold or silver coins. The other advantage is that you can benefit from averaging the cost of the gold or silver over time, and you don’t have to worry about making individual payments every month.
We are happy to help you invest in just one coin or from £150/month with our Silver Monthly Saver or £250/month in our Gold Monthly Saver. Investments into a Self Invested Personal Pension (Sipp) will be subject to suitability issues. As a guide, a minimum of £10,000 is recommended to offset any costs associated with setting up a Sipp. A minimum starting investment of £5,000 applies to silver bar purchases.
No. Only a Self Invested Personal Pension (Sipp) can house gold bullion. Company pensions, stakeholder and personal pensions can generally only include traditional paper assets. Sipps are designed to offer the flexibility of containing both standard assets, along with the qualifying alternatives such as gold and property.
Only gold bars of minimum purity 995 parts gold per thousand qualifies for your pension. Gold coins to not qualify.
Silver does not qualify for your Sipp.
We have partnered up with a selection of Sipp providers who all specialise in enabling alternative assets into their pensions. They will answer any questions you have, and facilitate the necessary paperwork.
The choice is yours. You can leave your current pension where it is, and open a Sipp alongside this to house gold (and other assets). Alternatively, if you like the idea of all your pension assets under one roof, we can help you transfer your existing pension into a Sipp.
Always buy from a reputable dealer, and avoid auction sites! All our coins and bars are checked by our numismatic experts and include a Certificate of Authenticity. As members of the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA) we have to adhere to a strict code of standards which includes sharing information relating to stolen or forged goods.
All precious metals prices are based on the spot price for that metal in Sterling. This rate is only available to large banks trading in huge London Good Delivery Bars and does not include any brokerage fees, transportation, storage or insurance. Smaller bars and coins are always sold at a premium to the London spot price to reflect the additional costs of producing and testing smaller items. The value of coins may also be increased through their scarcity, design, historical value, collector’s value, and general market demand. Our premiums are extremely competitive and reduce as you buy larger bars or higher quantities of coins.
Each buyer’s circumstances are different and therefore the best type of gold or silver to buy will vary from person to person. Our consultants are experienced at helping select the optimum combination to maximise returns and suit your requirements. We will consider factors such as possible bulk discounts, flexibility when selling, tax issues, liquidity, current premiums and reason for purchase (collection, investment, meltdown for jewellery).
Again, our consultants will help determine the best type of coin to suit your needs. Premiums and demand can fluctuate from coin to coin. Our market expertise will help you select the coins with the best value and potential. Generally speaking, brand new coins are cheaper as they don’t currently contain any rarity value. Older coins are worth their gold content and rarity so have the chance of increasing in value quicker and falling in value less when the market moves.
All investment grade gold, including bullion coins are VAT exempt to buy. UK coins of the realm are also free of Capital Gains tax (tax on your profits when you sell an asset) as they are legal tender. Qualifying coins amongst others are Britannias, Sovereigns, Angels and the gold £5 and £2 coins, along with their fractional versions. Silver Britannias also benefit from being CGT free.
Your metals are shipped to you within 1 week of funds clearing, but most often within 1-2 business days. We will always be upfront if a certain bar or coin will take longer to source.
Due to security and insurance reasons, we are not permitted to allow the public access to our offices and therefore do not have retail premises. By far the safest and most secure method of receiving your metals is through our delivery service which is fully insured and recorded.
All our postage charges include full insurance and secure recorded delivery. Our charges for insured delivery of Tax Free Gold are as follows;
|Gold Monthly Saver||£6|
|For purchases between £1 – £10,000||£8|
|Transactions between £10,001 – £50,000||£15|
|Transactions between £50,001 – £100,000||£25|
|Transactions between £100,001 – £200,000||£50|
|Transactions between £200,001+||£100|
Delivery of VAT free silver coins will be calculated within your shopping cart.
See Storage/delivery page for further details
Yes, we can deliver gold around the world. Please ask our consultants for a bespoke price.
Yes, we can deliver gold to any address, provided there is someone to sign and receive it. Once the delivery has been signed for, it is no longer under PGL’s insurance or responsibility.
We are able to offer storage for gold with Loomis International in the UK. They are one of the world’s leading precious metals storage facilities with warehouses around the globe. They are a member of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). http://www.loomis-international.com/. Silver coins are also stored here.
Silver bars are stored within the vaults of Network Securities Ltd in The Channel Islands who is registered with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) and supervised for compliance in line with the Handbook for Financial Services Business on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing issued by the GFSC.
See Storage/delivery page for further details
Absolutely. Your holding is fully covered through Lloyds of London.
Charges are 1% per annum + VAT, paid upfront 6 months at a time for gold, and 1.5% for silver.
The lowest value we are able to store is £2.5k of gold or silver.
The minimum semi-annual charge for gold is £25+VAT and £37.50+VAT for silver.
The gold and silver is legally owned by yourself and you can choose to collect the metals if desired. You will be provided with a legal Storage Agreement stating the amount and type of coins/bars stored, and the location it is kept. We operate on a fully allocated and segregated manner, meaning you have actual coins or bars in your name which don’t sit on Physical Gold Ltd’s balance sheet or that of the storage facilities. So your gold and silver is fully protected and counterparty risk FREE.
All investments involve a degree of risk, and gold is no exception. Just like stocks and shares, the value of gold can go down as well as up. We would never suggest borrowing money to invest into physical gold, or putting all your money into gold. The key with any portfolio is having a mix of assets. The great news with physical gold is that it provides a unique portfolio balance as it is not correlated with other assets. This benefit has become very apparent recently when the value of shares, bonds, cash and property have all fallen at the same time, while gold prices have continued to rise.
While gold still has a degree of market risk, buying physical gold cancels out any counterparty risk. This means that unlike paper assets, the value of gold can never fall to zero if a Government, company or person goes bankrupt. As a globally recognised and traded commodity, the liquidity risk of gold coins and bars (or difficulty in selling) is minimal.
Clearly in an ideal world, you buy an asset at its lowest price point, and sell at its highest. Gold has returned an average of over 12% per year in the UK over the past decade. However, we feel the very factors which have pushed gold to its current level are stronger than ever. We have the backdrop of record Government debt around the world and warnings of a possible repeat banking crisis. As a finite, precious metal with little significant supply due over the next 7-10 years, market factors still very much favour its continued rise over the medium term. Gold investment should always be viewed as a medium to long-term asset to maximise possible returns.
Electronic Traded Funds will track the spot price of gold and can be useful for speculation. However, you are never actually purchasing the bullion, and your shares can never be redeemed for physical gold. There are other risks involved with ETFs that include lack of transparency and accountability. Several recent press articles have highlighted that for the amount of shares issued through gold ETFs, there is not enough bullion to back them up – leaving a huge liquidity issue if many investors wished to cash in at the same time. This reason, combined with their complicated risk disclosures, means your assets are at risk when you need them most and this would undermine the very reason for owning gold as a crisis hedge in the first place. Owning physical gold bars or coins, even if stored by ourselves on your behalf, presents no counterparty risk whatsoever. This is because all the gold we store for you is fully allocated and segregated. Owning physical gold itself, is undeniably the ultimate way of owning a safe haven asset.
Both methods of gold exposure represent entirely different asset classes and risk/reward attributes, especially in times of economic turmoil. Whilst mining stocks can generate substantial returns, they do not outperform physical gold in times of financial crisis. Not only that, but the investor can be exposed to just a single mining company and their fortunes. If that company goes bankrupt, the entire value of the shares can be wiped out. Physical bullion can never fall to zero. In times of sharp market decline, mining stocks tend to become correlated to the broad equity markets and suffer accordingly.