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Annual UK Hallmarking Figures for 2016


The total number of articles sent for hallmarking at all UK offices in 2016 fell by 7.1% to 9,748, 033. 

Silver, gold and palladium saw a decline in the quantity of articles hallmarked, but platinum saw an increase.

Gold

Gold Percentage increase / decrease Total items hallmarked
24ct (999) up 4.7% 821
24ct (990) down 11.4% 117
22ct (916) down 12.6% 447,830
18ct (750) down 3.8% 862,509
14ct (585) up 8.9% 106,272
9ct (375) down 6.0% 3,425,213
TOTAL down 6.0% TOTAL 4,842,762

Silver

Silver Percentage increase / decrease Total items hallmarked
Fine silver (999) up 11.5% 21,969
Britannia silver (958) up 5.2% 15,491
Sterling silver (925) down 9.1% 4,479,514
800 parts silver down 85.0% 825
TOTAL down 9.0% TOTAL 4,517,799

Platinum

Platinum Percentage increase / decrease Total items hallmarked
999 up 145.2% 103
950 up 3.1% 287,997
900 down 22.9% 195
850 down 11.5% 138
TOTAL up 3.1% TOTAL 288,433

Palladium

Palladium Percentage increase / decrease Total items hallmarked
999 down 99.1% 5
950 up 2.9% 84,650
500 down 19.3% 14,384
TOTAL up 0.4% TOTAL 99,039 items