Is Silver Exempt From Capital Gains Tax?

Author: Lawrence Chard - Director and Expert Numismatist

Published: 15 Nov 2018

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2020


According to the British government, capital gains tax (CGT) is a levy on the profit when you sell (or dispose of) an asset that has increased in value. It is the gain you make that is taxed, not the amount of money you receive when you sell or transfer assets.

Silver bullion is exempt from CGT if it is pound sterling coins.

How Does CGT Work?

Currently, you are subject to CGT on the following:

  • Personal possessions worth over £6,000 (except your car) 
  • Property that is not your main home
  • Your main property that is used for business or commercial (lettings) use; or if it’s very large
  • Non-ISA or Non-PEP shares
  • Business Assets
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Swapping investments

CGT applies to any profit made over the allowance of £12,300 (for 2020 to 2021) for an individual and £24,600 for married couples and those in a civil partnership. Any profit over this amount are subject to the following tax rates:

Tax Bracket CGT rates on assets CGT rate on property
Basic rate payer 10% 18%
Higher or additional rate payer 20% 28%

NB: CGT is only applicable to the profit you make, NOT on how much you sell for.

Can I Avoid Paying Capital Gains Tax?

Yes! We are quite happy to recommend ways of avoiding tax, which of course is different from tax evasion. CGT is applicable to gold and silver bullion but there are instances where that does not apply. Gold and silver coins that are pound sterling coins are NOT subject to CGT. This means for anyone with a surplus of gold sovereigns, gold half-sovereigns, gold or silver Britannias and the like are CGT exempt. Foreign coins, such as Krugerrands, are chargeable assets. 

Another way of avoiding CGT is by splitting your sell-offs between financial years. For instance, if you do have stock of Krugerrands, it would be wiser to sell part in one financial year and the rest in the next financial year as long as you stay within the allowance.

Finally, losses in sales of assets affect the final calculation and can be using the total amount you have to pay in taxes.

Further Reading

For more information on CGT exempt coins, see our blog entitled Capital Gains Tax on Gold Bullion – Do I Pay This?

To view our Tax Exempt Gold and Silver Coins, click here.

You may wish to view all of our articles on our silver guide.

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