Gold Clocks Best Week Since 2008; US Coin Sale Strong

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Precious metals futures soared this week with gains ranging from 5.7% for palladium to 7.1% for gold

Gold and silver futures eased lower Friday, retreating from 1-year and 3.5-month highs, but they still notched weekly gains of about 7% as investors sought safety from plunging oil and global stock markets. The pair of metals also extended their winning streaks to four weeks in a row, and gold scored its best weekly gain in more than 7 years.

Gold for April delivery on Friday declined $8.40, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,239.40 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Friday’s action "shows a reprieve after a week of extremely heavy buying," MarketWatch quoted Anthem Blanchard, chief executive officer of Anthem Vault. "It is actually healthy for gold because it needed to take a breather to keep its general upward price momentum intact."

As for the week, gold futures surged $81.70 or 7.1% for, according to MarketWatch, their best week since the one ended Dec. 12, 2008. They are 16.9% higher on the year, leading gains among precious metals.

"If you’re looking for the path of least resistance, it’s gold right now. I think this has legs. I don’t think it’s going to be short term," Reuters quoted Jeffrey Sica, chief investment officer of Sica Wealth Management in Morristown, New Jersey.

On Thursday, gold surged $53.20 for its biggest daily increase since Sept. 19, 2013 and it logged the strongest settlement since Feb. 5, 2015.

In looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street vs. Main Street survey:

"This week, the online survey brought in 1,953 votes, of which 1,678 participants, or 86%, said they are bullish on gold next week. This is the second week the survey has hit that level and is the fourth straight week it has been above 80%. At the same time, 177 people, or 9%, said they are bearish on gold next week and 98 people, or 5%, are neutral.

Although the spread is much narrower, a majority of market analysts also expect gold prices to move higher in the near-term. Out of 34 market experts contacted, 17 responded, of which nine, or 53%, said they expect to see higher prices next week. At the same time seven professionals, or 41%, said they see lower prices and one analyst was neutral on the market."

Elsewhere, silver for March delivery on Friday shed less than a half penny to close at $15.79 an ounce. For the week, it rallied $1.01 or 6.9%. The precious metal saw its biggest recent gain on Thursday when prices jumped 51.2 cents and closed at their best level since Oct. 28. Silver has soared 14.4% so far this year.

In PGM futures on Friday and for the week:

  • April platinum lost $5.10, or 0.5%, to $958.10 an ounce, but gained 6% on the week.

  • Palladium for March delivery added $2.55, or 0.5%, to $527 an ounce, rising 5.7% for the week.

For the year to date, platinum has gained 1.2% while palladium has plunged 11.3%.

London Precious Metals Prices

London precious metals were mixed on Friday and higher on the week. In comparing their levels from Thursday PM to Friday PM:

  • Gold declined $1.25, or 0.1%, to $1,239.75 an ounce.
  • Silver declined a penny, or less than 0.1%, to $15.64 an ounce.
  • Platinum added $9, or 0.9%, to $957 an ounce.
  • Palladium added $5, or 1%, to $526 an ounce.

For the week, gains totaled 7.8% for gold, 4.9% for silver, 6.5% for platinum and 1.7% for palladium.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2016

United States Mint bullion coins posted strong sales. In weekly comparisons:

  • Gold coin sales advanced 31,500 ounces to more than double last week’s 14,500 ounces. Sales splits include 27,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles compared to 12,500 ounces previously and 4,000 ounces in American Gold Buffalo coins versus 2,000 ounces previously.

  • Silver coin sales moved up by 1.1 million ounces after rising by 1,320,500 ounces last week. Sales splits include 1 million ounces in American Silver Eagles versus 1,045,500 ounces previously and 100,000 ounces in American the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins compared to 275,000 ounces previously.

The U.S. Mint is rationing weekly sales of American Silver Eagles because of silver planchet shortages. All of the week’s allocated 1 million coins were ordered by Wednesday. Their cumulative total stands at 8 million coins since going on sale Jan. 11. Last year’s 2015-dated Silver Eagle ended at a record 47 million coins, with sales through Feb. 12, 2015 reaching 6,919,000 coins.

Two weeks ago Monday, on Feb. 1, the U.S. Mint released the first 2016-dated America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin. Commemorating Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, it reached sales of 55,000 coins through last week and climbed another 20,000 coins this week for a cumulative total of 75,000 coins or 375,000 ounces — the highest for any release in the series since the 2011 Olympic National Park release logged sales of 104,900 coins.

Below is a sales breakdown of United States Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of bullion coins sold during varying periods of time.

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
Friday Sales Last Week This Week Jan Sales Feb Sales 2016 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins 0 9,500 25,500 89,000 35,000 124,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins 0 3,000 0 23,000 3,000 26,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins 0 0 2,000 36,000 2,000 38,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins 0 15,000 15,000 145,000 30,000 175,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins 0 2,000 4,000 34,000 6,000 40,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins 0 1,045,500 1,000,000 5,954,500 2,045,500 8,000,000
2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins 0 55,000 20,000 N/A 75,000 75,000
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Joe C.

8 million silver eagles minted so far and not one available to the general public.


8,000,000 bullion silver eagles sales 0 collector for 2016 proof or uncir


Have we hit the bottom in gold and silver price and it’s up from here?

Seth Riesling

Mike – It sure has been a bumpy rollercoaster ride this year already for all the precious metals after going down basically for about 3 years. But, nobody knows for sure obviously or all the precious metals analysts & so-called experts would have taken early retirement & moved their wealth to the beautiful, tropical shores of one of the best tax havens in the world – the Cayman Islands! Gold today February 15 according to Kitco is down $29 & silver is down 42 cents & platinum is down $18 & palladium is down $10. So it is anyone’s guess.… Read more »