Gold Prices Add 1.9% on Week as Silver Gains 2.9%, US Gold Coins Soar

2012 American Eagle Gold Coin
Gold , silver and other precious metals advanced this week. Bullion gold coins from the U.S. Mint also took off.

Gold maintained a seven-month high Friday after the Fed-fueled rally on the previous day made it possible for the yellow metal to advance for a fourth straight week.

Gold prices for December delivery rose 60.0 cents to $1,772.70 an ounce on the Comex in New York, its best settlement price since February 28. Gold traded as high as $1,780.20 an ounce. For the week, gold prices gained $32.20 or 1.9%.

"When multiple major central banks are coordinating their effort in printing more money and engaging in stimulus measures, that has to be overtly bullish for gold," Reuters quoted Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital.

The Fed said Thursday that it would purchase $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities every month until the employment picture improved. The news bolstered inflation expectations, and gold is traditionally purchased as a hedge against inflation.

Gold Prices Expected Higher Next Week

Analysts, traders and bullion dealers remain bullish for gold prices next week, based on weekly precious metal surveys.

"In the Kitco News Gold Survey, out of 33 participants, 29 responded this week. Of those 29 participants, 24 see prices up, while one sees prices down, and four are neutral or see prices moving sideways," reports Kitco News.

"After the Fed announced it will buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities monthly until the labor market improves, most participants see that as supportive for the yellow metal…

Others noted that gold broke out of its recent trading range with this week’s sharp move higher and they expect momentum will continue to push gold up, with a possibility of testing $1,800 an ounce shortly."

The weekly gold survey from Bloomberg had 20 participants voting bullish, 7 bearish and 2 neutral.

Gold continues as the third best performing precious metal this year. It has gained 13.1% in 2012.

Silver, Platinum and Palladium Futures

After soaring $1.49 on Thursday alone, on Friday silver for December delivery gave back 12.2 cents, or 0.4%, to close at $34.656 an ounce. The white metal reached an intraday high of $34.985. Silver gained 2.9% this week and has advanced 24.1% in 2012.

Platinum and palladium extended their winning streaks to ten straight sessions. Since August 31, platinum has jumped $210.00, or 14.0 percent, and palladium has rallied $82.90, or 13.4 percent. On Friday and for the week:

  • Platinum for October delivery surged $34.20, or 2.0%, to $1,713.70 an ounce, ranging from $1,680.00 to $1,716.50. Platinum this week soared 7.4%.

  • Palladium for December delivery advanced $10.30, or 1.5%, to $699.30 an ounce, trading between $686.25 and $705.80. Palladium climbed 6.8% this week.

The PGM metals were buoyed by the Fed’s latest stimulus plan, but they were boosted more by labor unrest gripping South Africa’s mines.

For the year, platinum is up 22.0% while palladium has gained 6.6%.

London Precious Metals

London precious metals surged Friday after missing the Fed-provoked gains on Thursday as London markets closed before the FOMC announced its stimulus plan. When comparing PM Fix prices:

  • Gold prices gained $42.25, or 2.4%, to $1,775.50 an ounce,
  • Silver shot up $1.71, or 5.2%, to $34.71 an ounce,
  • Platinum advanced $38.00, or 2.3%, to $1,697.00 an ounce, and
  • Palladium added $18.00, or 2.6%, to $702.00 an ounce

For the week, advances included gold at 2.7%, silver at 7.7%, platinum at 6.5% and palladium at 8.5%.

U.S. Mint Bullion Coins

Demand this week soared for U.S. Mint gold coins even as their sales were solid in the previous week. But given the recent gains in silver prices, it was a bit of a poor showing for the Mint’s popular American Silver Eagle. In a breakdown of weekly bullion sales:

  • Gold coins combined to 26,500 ounces, more than doubling last week’s 12,000 ounces. Splits were 24,000 ounces in 22-karat American Eagle gold coins and 2,500 ounces of 24-karat American Buffalo gold coins. With half of September in the history books, gold coin sales are at 33,500 ounces for 70% of the total sold in August.

  • Silver coins combined to 512,000 ounces. That is well off from the 679,000 ounces sold by the U.S. Mint in the previous week. Splits were 460,000 American Eagle silver coins and 52,000 ounces of America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Bullion Coins — all coming from the newly released Hawaii Volcanoes coin. For the month-to-date, silver coin sales are at 1,191,000 ounces for 40% of the total sold in August.

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

Sales of US Mint American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Coins
  Daily Gains Prior Weekly Weekly Gains September Gains YTD 2012
$50 American Eagle Gold Coins 9,000 10,000 18,000 28,000 375,500
$25 American Eagle Gold Coins 1,000 0 1,000 1,000 60,000
$10 American Eagle Gold Coins 0 0 0 0 58,000
$5 American Eagle Gold Coins 0 5,000 5,000 10,000 225,000
$50 American Buffalo Gold Coins 1,500 1,500 2,500 4,000 92,000
American Silver Eagle Coins 100,000 679,000 460,000 1,139,000 23,679,000


Sales of America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Bullion Coins
  Daily Gains Prior Weekly Weekly Gains September Gains All-Time Total
2012 El Yunque National Forest 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 16,700
2012 Chaco Culture National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 17,000
2012 Acadia National Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 15,100
2012 Hawai’i Volcanoes 5 oz. Silver Coins 2,500 0 10,400 10,400 10,400
2011 Olympic National Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 85,900
2011 Vicksburg National Military Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 39,500
2011 Chickasaw Park 5 oz. Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 29,700
TOTAL 2,500 0 10,400 10,400 214,300


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

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Any predictions for the week ahead? $1800. gold, $35. silver, $1,715. platinum. Don’t care about palladum.


Platinum continues to climb. It’s going to be at a premium over gold by the end of October for sure (not sure if that’s because gold takes a breather or platinum soars)….look for platinum to test all-time highs by year-end (or sooner). I think it’s the best play right now.

And yeah, who care about palladum? 🙂


The last time platinum had a premium over gold was 2008, I think. Looks like it might happen by years end. Don’t own any palladium coins. Maybe if the U.S.A. made them, i’d buy some.


Hi Joe,
Predictions for Platinum are for prices to go north of $1750 (up) due to unrest of striking Miners in South Africa. See this article:

There are laws being considered for Palladium coins due to the high prices of Gold and Platinum. I see these being offered by 2014 or sooner.


See the new price of the 2012 American Eagle 1 ounce platinum proof $1,892. The mint is ready for the price to go north. Good reading RonnieBgood.