Avoiding VAT on Silver (in Europe)
Clearly many/most of us in Turdistan are invested directly or indirectly in silver. Not unreasonably 90% of all information and comments out there relate to a US citizen investing & holding in the US. Those of us outside the US have slightly different perspectives, opportunities and restrictions.
For example, UK-listed stocks seem to be completely off the radar of almost all silver stock scribblers. Very strange when you have the worlds largest pure silver play Fresnillo (FRES.L) as well as others like Hochschild.
Similarly, those interested in holding the metal have VAT to contend with. Doubtless there are some creative ways around this, so I thought I'd open this topic to capture what know-how and experience might be out there on this.
For my own small contribution I would mention that here in Italy you can buy 500 lire 90% silver coins from the 1960's at zero premium (and even a discount) with no VAT. This is effectively the equivalent us US junk silver coin.
What other ways of avoiding VAT are there?