Gold and platinum finished lower Wednesday while silver and palladium gained. Losses in gold and platinum were their first in three sessions.
Gold for April delivery shed $3.80, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,727.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
"Gold has increasingly been held hostage by Treasury markets," Reuters quoted TD Securities commodity strategist Daniel Ghali.
Gold futures ranged from a low of $1,725.80 to a high of $1,736.70. They edged up 0.1% on Tuesday and they rose 0.6% on Monday.
Silver for May delivery settled up 5.5 cents, or 0.2%, to $26.058 an ounce. Silver futures traded between $25.80 and $26.14. They declined 1.1% on Tuesday and they surged 1.5% on Monday.
In PGM futures on Wednesday:
April platinum fell $19.80, or 1.6%, to $1,199.30 an ounce, ranging from $1,188.60 to $1,219.40.
- Palladium for June delivery advanced $46.40, or 1.9%, to $2,538.30 an ounce, trading between $2,447 and $2,562.50.
London Precious Metals Prices (LBMA)
In comparing earlier fixed London gold and silver prices from Tuesday PM to Wednesday PM:
- Gold fell $5.35, or 0.3%, to $1,729.65 an ounce.
- Silver declined 23 cents, or 0.9%, at $25.85 an ounce.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021
United States Mint bullion sales were unchanged Wednesday. 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)|
|Wednesday||Last Week||This Week||January Sales||February Sales||March Sales||2021 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||12,500||12,000||191,000||121,000||31,000||343,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||22,000||9,000||0||31,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||36,000||0||20,000||56,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||55,000||0||95,000||0||55,000||150,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||1,000||61,500||16,000||12,000||89,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||1,000,000||561,000||4,775,000||3,191,500||2,322,000||10,288,500|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||4,500||0||N/A||N/A||35,000||35,000|
|America Samoa 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Weir Farm 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Salt River Bay 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Marsh Billings 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tallgrass Prairie 5 oz Silver Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin*||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|