October 2010 Silver Eagle Bullion Coins Surged, Sales Near Annual Record


2010 Silver Eagle Coin

Sales of American Silver Eagle bullion coins surged in October 2010, breaking a string of four straight monthly declines and reaching near an all-time annual high. It was the best October ever for the series which was introduced in 1986.

United States Mint buyers purchased 3.15 million Silver Eagles during the month, topping previous monthly sales in September, from August, and those in July and June. U.S. Mint published sales figure reveal 28,630,500 of the bullion coins were ordered between January and October 2010. That was just 136,000 shy of matching 2009’s yearly annual record.

Annual Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales

Annual Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales

Since their debut in 1986, the investment grade coins have average sales of just over 800,000 per month. However, this number has been significantly skewed in the last few years with Silver Eagle demand reaching record levels. Pull out coin orders in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and the monthly average falls toward 600,000.

October Silver Eagle sales ranked as the fourth best month in 2010, after a sliding September which ranks at the absolute bottom. The following table highlights this year’s figures:

US Mint 2010 Silver Eagle Sales

January 3,592,500 2
February 2,050,000 9
March 3,381,000 3
April 2,507,500 7
May 3,636,500 1
June 3,001,000 5
July 2,981,000 6
August 2,451,000 8
September 1,880,000 10
October 3,150,000 4
Total 28,630,500  


Prior to 2008, Silver Eagle bullion coins were lucky to approach 1 million in sales during a typical October month. October 2009 had shattered the record when more than double the amount of eagles (2,939,000) were sold than in any previous year during the same month. Now, last month easily comes in first place as compared to the same month from past years.

Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales: October 1986-2010

Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales (October 1986-2010)

The bullion coins have had and will have more competition. Silver prices are much higher, the Silver Eagle per coin premiums went up from $1.50 to $2.00, and the Mint is releasing the collector proof Silver Eagle Nov. 19.

[Editor’s note: This article was edited to reflect new U.S. Mint sales figures that were updated on November 4. The article originally indicated 2.6 million American Silver Eagle bullion coins were sold in October 2010.]

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