Gold Logs 3-Week Low, Bullion 2016 Silver Eagles Hit 21.9M

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U.S. Mint bullion sales of 2016 American Silver Eagles topped 21.9 million, maintaining a record pace

Precious metals were slammed Thursday by bearish FOMC minutes that were released Wednesday afternoon. Gold futures ended lower for a second session in a row, after rising for three straight, and logged a more than three-week low.

Gold for June delivery declined $19.60, or 1.5%, to settle at $1,254.80 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close was the weakest since April 27. On Wednesday, minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting showed that a rate hike in June was on the table.

"All of a sudden a June rate hike seems to be back on the table," Bloomberg News quoted Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. "Gold is in this situation where speculators are already heavily long invested, so there’s a risk-off broad-based profit taking from investors cutting their extremely high net-long positions on gold."

Gold futures traded from a low of $1,244.60 to a high of $1,262.30. They are down 1.4% so far this week.

Silver for July delivery sank 63.9 cents, or 3.7%, to close at $16.493 an ounce. The settlement was the lowest since April 18. Silver prices ranged from $16.41 to $16.95. They have fallen 3.7% since Friday.

In rounding out precious metals futures trading:

  • July platinum fell $29.20, or 2.8%, to $1,013.30 an ounce, trading between $1,009.50 and $1,033.20.

  • Palladium for June delivery settled down $21.15, or 3.7%, to $558.45 an ounce, ranging from $556.65 to $577.75.

London Precious Metals Prices

In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Wednesday PM to Thursday PM:

  • Gold fell $26.65, or 2.1%, to $1,246.25 an ounce.
  • Silver declined 45 cents, or 2.6%, to $16.60 an ounce.

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

US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in 2016

U.S. Mint bullion products registered sales on Thursday that included 10,500 ounces in gold coins and 132,500 ounces in silver coins.

The U.S. Mint this week allocated sales of American Silver Eagles to 1 million coins. Distributors order 94.5% of them through Thursday. 2016 Silver Eagles are running at a record sales pace with 21,917,500 sold. That marks a 35% increase over the same time in record-breaking 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)
Thursday Sales Last Week This Week Mar Sales Apr Sales May Sale 2016 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins 6,000 9,000 16,000 29,000 93,500 36,000 315,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins -6,000 0 0 1,000 6,000 3,000 39,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins 4,000 0 4,000 4,000 14,000 4,000 70,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins 30,000 0 30,000 75,000 55,000 40,000 415,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins 500 3,500 1,500 7,000 19,500 11,500 91,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins 77,500 972,500 945,000 4,106,000 4,072,000 3,003,000 21,917,500
2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 0 0 105,000
2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins 11,000 0 11,000 0 64,000 11,000 75,000


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Seth Riesling

How low can gold go now that a Fed interest rate hike is likely for June!? Hopefully gold will drop a lot more so the next two centennial gold coins will be very affordable for all collectors!


Seth Riesling

Silver dropped 63.9 cents or 3.7 percent today! US Mint, lower your silver coin prices please & get a silver pricing grid like you have for gold & platinum to be fair to your customers!



Your 35% increase claim is incorrect.

For American Silver Eagle coin sales from Jan – May 2015 compared to 2016… this 21.9 million coin sale figure actually represents just a bit over a 29% increase compared to this 2015 timeframe.

Mike Unser (

Hank, we compare through to the same day — Jan – May 19, 2015 (16,231,000 coins) and Jan – May 19, 2016 (21,917,500 coins).