Gold, Silver Slip for Second Day; US Mint Coin Sales Rise

Silver bullion bar, four gold bullion bars
Precious metals futures settled lower Tuesday with losses ranging from less than 0.1% for gold to 1.9% for palladium

Gold and silver futures declined on Tuesday as profit-taking pressure pulled prices modestly lower for a second day in a row.

Gold for April delivery shed $1.10, or less than 0.1%, to settle at $1,262.90 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"It looks like the market is a bit more open to the idea that the Fed will tighten policy this year and that likely has convinced some players that they should take some money off the table," Reuters quoted Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy for TD Securities in Toronto.

Gold prices ranged from a low of $1,261.10 to a high of $1,279. They slipped on Monday by 0.5% after advancing 4.1% last week and ending at a 13-month high.

Silver for May delivery declined 24.3 cents, or 1.6%, to settle at $15.39 an ounce. Silver prices traded between $15.38 and $15.76. They fell by 0.4% in the previous session.

In rounding out the precious metals futures complex:

  • April platinum declined $12.60, or 1.3%, to $989.40 an ounce, ranging from $984.60 to $1,009.30.

  • Palladium for June delivery declined $10.75, or 1.9%, to $566.85 an ounce, trading between $561 and $581.65.

London Precious Metals Prices

In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Monday PM to Tuesday PM:

  • Gold turned down $7.80, or 0.6%, to $1,262.90 an ounce.
  • Silver was unchanged at $15.66 an ounce.

LBMA platinum and palladium prices are available on the LBMA’s website with a delay of midnight.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2016

United States Mint bullion products posted their first gains this week with sales of gold coins totaling 10,000 ounces and American Silver Eagles up by 759,000 coins.

This week, the U.S. Mint limited sales of Silver Eagles to 1 million. Distributors ordered 75.9% of them claimed on Tuesday, leaving 241,000 left until more become available next week. Their cumulative total hit 11,759,000 coins, or 28.7% higher than through the same time in record year 2015.

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)
Tuesday / This Week Last Week Jan Sales Feb Sales Mar Sales 2016 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins 7,500 10,000 89,000 67,500 8,500 165,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins 0 0 23,000 6,000 0 29,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins 2,000 2,000 36,000 12,000 2,000 50,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins 0 35,000 145,000 100,000 10,000 255,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins 2,000 2,000 34,000 19,000 2,000 55,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins 759,000 1,000,000 5,954,500 4,782,000 1,022,500 11,759,000
2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins 0 0 N/A 105,000 0 105,000


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