Gold Scores 17-Month High; US Mint Gold Coin Sales Jump

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Sales of U.S. Mint bullion coins rose for the first time this week

Precious metals futures advanced Thursday. Gold was the strongest performer within the group, rising 0.8%, extending its winning streak to seven straight sessions, and closing at an almost 17-month high.

Gold for August delivery tacked on $10.10 to settle at $1,298.40 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The close was the highest since Jan. 22, 2015 when the yellow metal ended at $1,300.70 an ounce. Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,285.10 to a high of $1,318.90 — a level not seen since the summer of 2014.

"Gold is being supported by the perceived dovish FOMC statement on Wednesday and on safe-haven demand amid wobbly world stock markets and falling world government bond yields," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Metals Inc., said in a daily note.

Elsewhere, silver for July delivery added 10.4 cents, or 0.6%, to close at $17.607 an ounce. The settlement was the best since May 2 when prices ended at $17.682 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $17.40 and $17.88.

Rounding out metals trading:

  • July platinum added $3.50, or 0.4%, to $978.30 an ounce, ranging from $969.80 to $991.

  • Palladium for September delivery settled up $2.40, or 0.5%, to $534.95 an ounce, trading between $527.45 and $5442.

London Precious Metals Prices

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

  • Gold gained $27.45, or 2.1%, to $1,310.75 an ounce.
  • Silver added 30 cents, or 1.7%, to $17.71 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

United States Mint bullion sales advanced for the first time this week. Gains included gold coins by 17,500 ounces and silver coins by 236,000 ounces.

For gold coins, the single-day jump was one of the highest this year. But then again, their sales had been muted since Friday.

The U.S. Mint is limiting this week’s sales of American Silver Eagle to 1,672,500 coins. Bullion distributors ordered just 13.8% of them through Thursday. 2016 American Silver Eagles are still running at a record pace with sales of 24,557,500 coins, representing a 26.6% increase over those sold through same time in record-breaking year 2015.

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

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
Thursday / This Week Last Week Apr Sales May Sale June Sales 2016 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins 13,000 12,500 93,500 64,500 35,000 378,500
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins 0 0 6,000 7,000 0 43,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins 2,000 2,000 14,000 10,000 4,000 80,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins 10,000 20,000 55,000 60,000 30,000 465,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins 3,000 3,000 19,500 18,500 9,000 107,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins 230,000 843,500 4,072,000 4,498,500 1,144,500 24,557,500
2016 Shawnee 5 Oz Silver Coins 0 0 0 0 0 105,000
2016 Cumberland Gap 5 Oz Silver Coins 0 0 64,000 11,000 0 75,000
2016 Harpers Ferry 5 Oz Silver Coins 1,200 33,000 64,000 11,000 34,200 34,200


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Seth Riesling

Interesting jump in gold & silver during trading day, but both are down quite a bit in afterhours trading due to profit taking.



Seth Riesling,
Some believe they went down because the Brexit vote might be delayed because of the murder. Both plus other reasons are likely.

Seth Riesling

chuck –

Good point! The Brexit vote situation has definitely had an impact on stock markets & made investors of all kinds nervous, including the precious metals market along with the FOMC not raising interest rates yet. The UK FTSE stock market has lost a lot recently.



Gold hit $1,315 then sold off.
The Brexit vote is still about a week off. A lot of nervousness out there (even with no interest rate increase for June).

Seth Riesling

And platinum is about $305 less per ounce than gold. All the platinum mined since it was discovered would fit in an average home livingroom! Such a bargain.


Seth Riesling

Stats show the major slowdown in sales of the silver American Eagle bullion coins to the Mint’s 13 worldwide Authorized Purchasers: June 2015 sales total 4.84 million ASE silver bullion $1 coins. June 2016 sales total with only 10 trading days to go are only 1.14 million ASE silver bullion $1 coins sold. With silver prices up almost $4 this year already, this will not be another record year IMHO. The marketplace is so very oversaturated with 1-ounce silver bullion coins of all kinds it makes your head spin!