Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity

  With precious metal prices continuing at an all time high, the latest course which has been added to The Birmingham Assay Office’s established Education & Training Programme is “Buying Scrap Gold and Silver”. This course has proved hugely successful not just with businesses currently operating in the market, but also with business entrepreneurs who are looking to enter it.  Simon Hammond, one of the delegates who attended the first course which was delivered on 1st December, is doing just that. Having decided to switch careers from running care homes into pawnbroking, Simon turned to the expertise of The Birmingham Assay Office and attended this course which he said “has been invaluable and exceeded my expectations in terms of the content of the day, but also the level of specialist expertise amongst those involved in delivering the course.” [caption id="attachment_1108" align="alignleft" width="448" caption="L-R: Adrian Mellish, Michael Allchin, Dippal Manchanda, Simon Hammond"][/caption] Buying Scrap Gold and Silver is a one-day, in-depth course designed for anyone who wishes to engage in buying scrap gold and silver from the public. It covers basic standards to establish trust and best practice, followed by a comprehensive overview of the Hallmarking Act and an explanation of how to recognize and understand UK and foreign hallmarks. Delegates learn how to determine different carats of gold and silver materials by utilizing different touch acid solutions, how to analyse gold, silver, platinum and palladium using XRF and receive an explanation of the melting and fire assay process. For more information on 2012 course dates Tel: 0871 871 6020, Email: or visit



Recognising excellence in Hallmarking Awareness

17th May 2022

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Dippal Manchanda to speak at the Santa Fe Symposium®

12th May 2022

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TI SENTO - Milano and Mesmeric Distribution announce hallmarking move to The Birmingham Assay Office

6th Apr 2022

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25th Sep 2018

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City of Wolverhampton wins Touchstone Award 2018

8th Jun 2018

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