Gold Edges Up, Silver Eagle Bullion Coins Top 12M Milestone

by CoinNews.net on March 11, 2013 · 0 comments

2013 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin

American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins crossed 12 million in sales, the highest level ever at this point in a year

Gold prices rose Monday, but again modestly. In the six sessions since the precious metal ended down at $1,572.30 an ounce on March 1, it has climbed slightly five times and settled flat once.

Gold for April delivery tipped higher by $1.10, or less than 0.1%, to close at $1,578.00 an ounce on the Comex in New York. Prices traded between $1,574.50 and $1,582.50.

"Gold prices ended the U.S. day session slightly higher in subdued dealings Monday," Jim Wyckoff said in the PM Kitco Metals Roundup.

He added that "some mild short covering and bargain hunting were featured. However, the still-weak near-term technical posture of gold and silver is limiting trader and investor buying interest in both."

Last week gold added $4.60, or 0.3%, to snap a four-week losing streak.

Silver futures declined for the first time in seven sessions. Silver for May delivery lost 9.5 cents, or 0.3% to settle at $28.853 an ounce. Prices ranged from a low of $28.705 to a high of $29.085. Like gold, gains in the previous sessions were modest. They did stack up to 45.8 cents last week.

In PGM futures prices Monday:

  • April platinum fell $2.70, or 0.2%, to $1,601.20 an ounce, trading between $1,594.70 and $1,608.30. Platinum last week surged $30.40, or 1.9%.

  • Palladium for June delivery declined $3.55, or 0.5%, to $779.20 an ounce, ranging from $770.35 to $784.65. Palladium soared $62.35, or 8.7%, last week.

London Precious Metals

Precious metals in London moved in the same direction Monday as they did last week. In contrasting the Friday PM to Monday PM London Fix prices:

  • Gold shed $2.75, or 0.2%, to $1,579.00 an ounce,
  • Silver added 12.0 cents, or 0.4%, to $28.90 an ounce,
  • Platinum advanced $6.00, or 0.4%, to $1,594.00 an ounce, and
  • Palladium rose $5.00, or 0.7%, to $774.00 an ounce

Last week in London, gold declined 50 cents, silver rose 2.7%, platinum added 0.6% and palladium gained 6.7%.

US Bullion Coin Sales in March

U.S. Mint bullion sales increased Monday for American Eagle gold and silver coins.

In a significant milestone, American Silver Eagle bullion coins advanced 665,500 to 12,429,000 for the year. Silver Eagles above 12 million a year in sales is common place now, having happened annually since 2008. But before then, it had never occurred… and the series started in 1986. Further, the milestone has never been hit so early into a year. Last year at this point the Silver Eagles had reached 8,662,000. In 2011, which holds the all-time annual Silver Eagle sales record at above 39.8 million, the coins were at 10,379,000 by March 11.

Current U.S. Mint bullion coin sales follow.

American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Coin Sales
  Monday Sales Last Week Week-To-Date Sales March Sales YTD Sales
$50 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins 500 18,000 500 22,500 215,000
$25 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins 0 2,000 0 2,000 24,000
$10 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins 0 4,000 0 4,000 40,000
$5 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins 5,000 10,000 5,000 15,000 195,000
$50 American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins 0 5,500 0 5,500 89,500
American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins 665,500 897,000 665,500 1,562,500 12,429,000

 

America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Bullion Coin Sales
  Monday Sales Last Week Week-To-Date Sales March Sales All-Time Sales
2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins Sold Out 0 24,000
2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 600 24,400
2012 Acadia National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 25,400
2012 Hawai’i Volcanoes 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 20,000
2012 Denali National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 20,000
2011 Olympic National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 0 0 0 104,900
2011 Vicksburg National Military Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 0 0 10,400 58,100
2011 Chickasaw Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coins 0 0 0 8,800 48,700
TOTAL 0 0 0 19,800 325,500

 

All bullion figures above are in the number of coins sold. Calculate total ounces by using the bullion coin’s weight.

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