Another round of U.S. Mint platinum and gold coin price increases is possible on Wednesday due to consistently higher precious metals prices.
The bureau raised prices on fifteen collector coin products less than a week ago, and will again if London precious metals maintain recent gains.
Chances are best for higher priced gold coins. Their price tags will rise Wednesday if the London AM Fix price for gold is at least above $1,674.70 an ounce and the London PM Fix is at or above $1,750.00 an ounce. Gold is currently hovering around $1,772 an ounce.
Pricing could go higher for the U.S. Mint’s 2012-W Proof American Platinum Eagle, but chances for that have slimmed as platinum has plunged more than $70 since Monday. For the Eagle’s price to increase Wednesday, the London AM Fix price for platinum must only be above $1,435.95 an ounce, but the London PM Fix must get back at or above $1,650.00 an ounce. The precious metal is currently sitting near $1,625 an ounce.
[Update: The U.S. Mint on Wednesday did raise prices on its numismatic gold coins, but did not increase the price of the Platinum Eagle. The new prices are found in the "possible" column below.]
The following grid offers a view into the current and possible platinum and gold coin prices:
Current and Possible US Mint Platinum and Gold Coin Prices
|Numismatic Platinum or Gold Coin||Current Price||Possible Price||Price Increase|
|Proof Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coin||$1,029.00||$1,054.00||$25.00|
|Proof Lucy Hayes First Spouse Gold Coin||$1,029.00||$1,054.00||$25.00|
|2011-2012 Proof American Gold Buffalo||$2,010.00||$2,060.00||$50.00|
|2012 Proof American Gold Eagle (1 oz)||$1,985.00||$2,035.00||$50.00|
|2012 Proof American Gold Eagle (1/2 oz)||$1,006.00||$1,031.00||$25.00|
|2012 Proof American Gold Eagle (1/4 oz)||$515.50||$528.00||$12.50|
|2012 Proof American Gold Eagle (1/10 oz)||$220.50||$225.50||$5.00|
|2011-2012 Proof American Gold Eagle 4-Coin Set||$3,678.00||$3,770.50||$92.50|
|2012 Uncirculated American Eagle (1 oz)||$1,978.00||$2,028.00||$50.00|
|2012 Proof Star-Spangled Banner $5 Commemorative||$522.15||$534.30||$12.15|
|2012 Uncirculated Star-Spangled Banner $5 Commemorative||$512.15||$524.30||$12.15|
|2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Two-Coin Set||$572.15||$584.30||$12.15|
|2012 Proof American Platinum Eagle||$1,892.00||$1,992.00||$100.00|
U.S. Mint Platinum and Gold Coin Pricing Methodology
Using weekly precious metal averages along with a ranging system (see this PDF), the U.S. Mint may adjust platinum and gold coin prices up to once a week. Averages for metals are calculated using London fixings from the previous Thursday AM through to the following Wednesday AM. The U.S. Mint then uses Wednesday PM fixings as a deciding component.
When Wednesday coin pricing adjustments are needed, the U.S. Mint tends to freeze online ordering of the affected coins — sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. ET — until the changes are made and tested.
Prices last changed on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.