Despite a late Tuesday afternoon $31+ plunge in gold prices, it is very unlikely that the United States Mint will change prices Wednesday on its numismatic gold coins, or proof Platinum Eagle for that matter.
The reason is that the two precious metals have not fluctuated much in London over the last several days. Gold is currently averaging around $1,666 an ounce and platinum’s average is just under $1,645.
To determine its current gold coin pricing, the U.S. Mint is using a price bracket of London gold from between $1,650.00 to $1,699.99 an ounce. In order for the Mint to adjust coin prices, an enormous swing would be required. To go up, the Wednesday AM fixing alone would have to surge above $1,970.99. For coin prices to decrease, the gold AM fixing would need to fall below $1,521. In either case, the Wednesday PM fixing would need follow in the same direction. At the present time, Tuesday’s market price is about $1,646.
In the noble metal market, the U.S. Mint threshold for the proof Platinum Eagle pricing is based on a London Fix platinum weekly average of between $1,550.00 and $1,649.99 an ounce. A jump above $1,690.99 for the AM fixing and a PM fixing above $1,649.99 would be required for the Eagle’s price to increase. For the proof Platinum Eagle price to fall, the AM fixing alone would need to plummet under $791 an ounce. As of this writing, the market shows platinum around $1,638 an ounce.
It should be noted, introductory sale prices for commemorative 2012 Star-Spangled Banner coin products in both gold and silver options end this week on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 5 PM EDT.