Gold Jumps 3.1% on Week as Silver Soars 7.1%, US Bullion Coins Solid

Bullion Gold Eagle Coins
Gold, silver and other precious metals soared this week. US bullion coins were strong as well.

Gold rallied to a more than six-month high at above $1,740 an ounce after Friday’s disappointing U.S. jobs report fueled Fed stimulus bets. Jumping 2.0% on the day, gold prices spurred ahead 3.1% on the week.

"Gold is going through the roof because this negative data makes QE3 more likely now," Reuters quoted Daniel Briesemann, commodities analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

The U.S. Labor Department said 96,000 jobs were created in August while also revising downward June and July data to show 41,000 fewer jobs than previously reported. July’s revised figure was 141,000, which is less than spectacular itself.

"It’s a disappointing report across the board and it puts the Fed in the driver’s seat for additional quantitative easing," Bloomberg quoted Chad Morganlander, a Florham Park, New Jersey- based fund manager at Stifel Nicolaus & Co., which oversees about $120 billion of assets.

"It’s not a negative number, but there is very little vibrancy to the report and the trend is dismal. It lacks the get-up-and-go that we need to get the economy moving again."

Following news of the dismal employment picture, gold prices for December delivery surged $34.90 to $1,740.50 an ounce on the Comex in New York. The settlement price was the highest for the metal since its closing at $1,788.40 an ounce on February 28. Gold traded from an intraday low of $1,691.30 to a high of $1,745.40.

Gold Prices Expected to Extend Gains Next Week

Many traders, analysts and bullion dealers are bullish for gold prices next week, based on weekly gold surveys.

"In the Kitco News Gold Survey, out of 33 participants, 29 responded this week. Of those 29 participants, 22 see prices up, while four see prices down, and three are neutral or see prices moving sideways," reports Kitco News.

"Sean Lusk, gold and precious metals analyst at Iron Beam, said: ‘if some form of stimulus is announced gold could trade up to or even surpass yearly highs up at $1,800… However the market will need to hear it from Bernanke’s mouth for obvious verification.’

Those who see weaker prices said that gold is due for a correction after such a stout rally this week, especially if the Fed opts not act at the FOMC meeting."

Bloomberg’s weekly gold survey was just as bullish with 21 participants expecting higher prices, 7 bearish and 3 neutral.

Gold is the third best performing precious metal this year with its 11.1% increase.

Silver, Platinum and Palladium Futures

Other New York precious metals futures tracked gold, logging weekly gains of 7.1% for silver, 3.8% for platinum and 4.0% for palladium. As for Friday:

  • Silver prices for December delivery rallied $1.02, or 3.1%, to settle at $33.690 an ounce. Silver ranged between intraday prices of $32.005 and $33.775.

  • Platinum for October delivery added $9.90, or 0.6%, to $1,596.30 an ounce. The metal bracketed intraday levels of $1,561.70 and $1,606.50.

  • Palladium for December delivery advanced $7.00, or 1.1%, to $654.75 an ounce, trading between $640.05 and $656.60.

For 2012, silver leads metals with its pick-up of 20.7%. Platinum follows at 13.6%. Palladium remains in the red with a modest loss of 0.2%.

London Precious Metals

Precious metals in London were mixed Friday, with fixings coming in before the jobs data in the U.S. was digested. When comparing London PM Fix prices:

  • Gold added $27.00, or 1.6%, to $1,728.00 an ounce,
  • Silver shed 65.0 cents, or 2.0%, to $32.22 an ounce,
  • Platinum climbed $15.00, or 1.0%, to $1,593.00 an ounce, and
  • Palladium tacked on $3.00, or 0.5%, to $647.00 an ounce

On the week, London precious metals registered gains of 4.8% for gold, 5.6% for silver, 5.0% for platinum and 3.9% for palladium.

U.S. Mint Bullion Coins

Demand for U.S. Mint bullion coins remains strong, but sales levels were lower than the previous week.

  • Bullion gold coins totaled 12,000 ounces versus the previous week’s 18,000 ounces. 22-karat American Gold Eagles were again most sought with 10,500 ordered. 24-karat American Gold Buffalo coins totaled 1,500 ounces.

  • Sales of bullion silver coins combined to 679,000 ounces compared to the prior week’s 809,000 ounces. All of the total came from sales of 99.9% pure American Silver Eagles. Following strong showings in August, America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Bullion Coins have yet to enter the sales boards for September.

The following grid offers the latest daily, September and year-to-date bullion sales as published by the United States Mint.

Sales of US Mint American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Coins
  Daily Gains Prior Weekly Weekly/Sept. Gains YTD 2012
$50 American Gold Eagle Coins 4,000 13,000 10,000 357,500
$25 American Gold Eagle Coins 0 2,000 0 59,000
$10 American Gold Eagle Coins 0 4,000 0 58,000
$5 American Gold Eagle Coins 0 5,000 5,000 220,000
$50 American Buffalo Gold Coins 1,000 2,500 1,500 89,500
American Silver Eagle Coins 279,000 749,000 679,000 23,219,000


Sales of America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Bullion Coins
  Daily Gains Prior Weekly Weekly/Sept. Gains All-Time Total
2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 2,900 0 16,700
2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 8,500 0 17,000
2012 Acadia National Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 15,100
2011 Olympic National Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 100 0 85,900
2011 Vicksburg National Military Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 300 0 39,500
2011 Chickasaw Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 200 0 29,700
TOTAL 0 12,000 0 203,900


All sales figures above are in the number of coins sold, not the amount of ounces sold.

As a reminder, the Perth Mint of Australia has announced release dates and designs for its 2013 silver bullion coins and 2013 gold bullion coins.

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we will break $1,800.00 easily and proceed to $2,000.00 level this year.


George G – Are you watching Gold prices! All – There is still time to buy Gold and Silver Mint products. With QE3 and 16 Trillion in US debt these are good safety nets. Russia is also buying gold as they only have 2% of their currency backed by Gold. China has 9% and the US has 75%. According to the World Gold Council, Russia has more than doubled its gold reserves in the past five years. Putin has taken advantage of the financial crisis to build the world’s fifth-biggest gold pile in a handful of years, and is buying… Read more »


Very well said.

Fred Grindle

When was the last time we had a real hands on audit of the amount of gold bars in Ft. Knox? I mean a actually counting the bars….drilling them to make sure there real gold and not tungstun bars.


On the next au price pullback, Nadler will sound as giddy as a schoolgirl. I hope he is 100% invested in JPM and they suffer similar fates when silver goes ballistic and triples from here.

george glazener

I sure am. If this trend continues, I’m going to sell my entire coin collection in 2-3 months on eBay and buy a hot tub. Time for these coins to start giving me some relaxation instead of being such a worrisome pain in the butt.

Got any ideas on how to liquidate an entire coin collection in one fell swoop for 80-90% of retail?


George, Just saw your post. I will contact you shortly.