Precious metals gained together for a second session in a row Tuesday. Gold and silver finished at one-week highs.
Gold for December delivery settled up $17.90, or 1%, to $1,910.40 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement was the highest since last Tuesday, Oct. 27.
"The sole driver behind gold prices is the high likelihood that there is going to be chaos surrounding the U.S. elections, from the predictions of not having a president by tonight," Reuters quoted Jeffrey Sica, founder of Circle Squared Alternative Investments.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,887.60 to a high of $1,912.20. They gained 0.7% on Monday.
Silver for December delivery added 30.1 cents, or 1.3%, to settle at $24.334. The close was also silver’s highest since Oct. 27. Silver futures traded between $23.97 and $24.49. They advanced 1.6% on Monday.
In other precious metals futures prices on Tuesday:
January platinum rose $15.50, or 1.8%, to $875 an ounce, ranging from $858.10 to $886.60.
- Palladium for December delivery jumped $77.40, or 3.5%, to $2,297.80 an ounce, trading between $2,223.90 and $2,309.70.
London Precious Metals Prices (LBMA)
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Monday PM to Tuesday PM:
- Gold added $18.40, or 1%, to $1,908.30 an ounce.
- Silver rose 19.5 cents, or 0.8%, to $24.17 an ounce.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2020
United States Mint bullion sales increased Tuesday by 1,653,000 ounces in silver coins and 8,500 ounces in gold coins.
Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of coins sold during varying periods. Products with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.
|US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)|
|Tuesday / Week / Nov||Last Week||August||September||October||2020 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||6,000||18,000||104,000||18,500||64,500||628,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||1,000||10,000||3,000||6,000||64,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||2,000||4,000||20,000||4,000||8,000||98,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||5,000||15,000||70,000||10,000||25,000||320,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||1,500||5,000||28,000||4,500||19,500||209,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||1,653,000||937,000||4,477,000||2,958,500||3,397,000||26,186,500|
|America Samoa 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||45,000|
|Weir Farm 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||45,000|
|Salt River Bay 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||45,000|
|Marsh Billings 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||45,000|
|Tallgrass Prairie 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||N/A||45,000||0||45,000|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||56,500|