We Buy Silver

We buy all grades of silver:

  • Bullion silver (bars or grain)
  • Hallmarked scrap silver
  • Foreign scrap silver
  • Antique and second-hand silver
  • Medical silver
  • Electronic components
  • Silver Plate (quantities over 50kg)
  • Gold in all its forms
  • Gold plate
  • Platinum and other platinum group metals (e.g. palladium)

At UKSE we are always keen to buy your silver whether it is has a scrap value or better. We are flexible in our approach and will always attempt to accommodate the needs of our clients.

Trade services

We specialise in servicing the trade for all their silver requirements.

We will pay the very best market prices for your silver, with even higher rates available for quantities over 500 tr.oz., over 1000 tr.oz. and over 3000 tr.oz. Please enquire for more information.  

 

To allow trade clients the opportunity of capturing the peaks of the market, we offer:

  • metal account facilities
  • forward selling
  • stow away services

To maximise your profit margins we pay VAT on top of the price (for more information see section to right).

Trade visits

We welcome appointments by antique dealers and retailers to view our ever changing stock of silverware.

You can visit to:

  • Sell scrap and redundant stock
  • Buy fresh stock
  • Exchange old stock for new.

Retailers and dealers alike can take full advantage of our high scrap prices with the satisfaction of knowing that they are not necessarily sealing the fate of the articles as scrap. In addition, they can trade in redundant silver stock or genuine scrap for fresh stock.

Much of this stock is available for just over scrap prices (silver exchange section). Our main business over the past 20 years has been supplying the retail trade with silver stock, so we know the types of items that are in most demand and maintain a healthy stock to feed this requirement. We also have a large range of top quality antique hollowware, flatware and collectables available at trade prices.

Scrap

What constitutes scrap?

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Our scrap silver rates are for clean 925 grade silver (92.5% pure). We will also accept 1st Standard French, Dutch, Danish, Austro-Hungarian and Russian within this category, plus USA, Canadian, NZ & Australian items marked "Sterling".

The silver must be "clean". That means there are no non-silver elements (e.g. wooden handles, resin filling etc). If preferred, we can remove these impurities for you.

We also buy lower grade silver, such as 800 standard, foreign silver and 500 standard coins, and payout proportionate to the 925 rate.

What articles are considered to be "scrap"?

Articles that are now valued purely on their metal value (i.e. by weight) include: most 20th century hollowware (e.g. tea sets, trays, cups, bowls, mugs, baskets, dishes, napkin rings, condiment sets, cigarette cases, boxes etc), jewellery (heavy chains and pendants), virtually all 19th & 20th C flatware (spoons and forks), damaged, worn or repaired items.

We salvage all items of merit from the scrap and include them within our silver exchange scheme.

Antique Silver

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The rising value of silver as a metal has had a huge impact on the antique silver market. The antique and aesthetic value of many articles has been overtaken by its intrinsic metal value.

Many antique and second-hand silver items are now valued by their metal content (i.e. weight) and their value will fluctuate in accordance to the day’s silver price. We buy many antiques in this way, but will not necessarily scrap them as we use them as part of our silver exchange program.

Items of particular interest will be valued above scrap rates or on their own merits as an antique.

If you are unsure whether your item would be considered “scrap” or antique, then please see our antique silver pages for more information.

Processing

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The vast majority of the silver we receive is clean (no contaminants), appropriately marked for purity and can easily be weighed. Items with non-silver elements (e.g. handles, enamel, filling etc) are included within this category. We can remove the non-silver elements for you and would actively encourage you to especially leave tea and coffee pot handles in situ!

Unmarked silver or items with an unknown purity will be XRF tested to provide the level of purity.

We buy dirty silver (with difficult to remove contaminants) either by making a fair judgmental offer or for larger quantities we offer a Melt & Assay service. This service is also available for gold and gold plate.

How to sell

You can either deliver the silver by hand or by post.

For delivery by hand

Please make an appointment by telephoning 01594 546328 or emailing enquiry@uksilverexchange.co.uk

For sending by post

We suggest using either Royal Mail Special Delivery (quantities under 20kg) or a carrier such as Parcelforce (via the post office), UPS or DHL. Please send to:

UKSE
Reign Beau Ltd.
3/2 Vantage Point 
Mitcheldean 
Gloucestershire
GL17 0DD.

The silver will be weighed on receipt and a price given according to the above quantity rates on the next fix. Please provide your name, address, telephone number and email address. Read our 'payment terms' outlined on the right.

Should you not wish to sell on the next fix, you must inform us by telephone before 10.45am. You may be interested to read our 'stow away service' information on the right.