Gold Edges Higher on Week; Other Metals Log Weekly Declines


Gold registered a very modest increase on Friday, its first in four sessions, gently bumping up its weekly gain. Meanwhile, silver, platinum and palladium posted weekly losses.

Gold for December delivery rose 90 cents, or 0.05%, to close at $1,784 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"We do have a two-sided market at the moment. The dollar has been relatively strong of late as a result of this expectation that the Fed will move towards tapering, based on recent commentary," Reuters quoted David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.

"Other side, we still believe there’s an underlying support in this gold market right now. We’re starting to see some drags from Delta on the global economic recovery."

Gold futures inched 0.3% higher this week after climbing 0.9% last week. They are 5.9% lower on the year to date. In looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street & Main Street surveys:

"This week 15 Wall Street analysts participated in Kitco News’ gold survey. Among the participants, 7, or 47%, called for gold prices to rise. There was a tie among bearish and neutral analysts, with both scenarios garnering four votes or 27% each.

Meanwhile, A total of 930 votes were cast in online Main Street polls. Of these, 428 respondents, or 46%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 334, or 36%, said lower, while 168 voters, or 18%, were neutral."

Down for a fourth straight session, silver for September delivery declined 11.8 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $23.112 an ounce. Silver futures fell 2.8% this week following losses of 2.3% last week and 4.8% in the week ending Aug. 6. They are 12.5% lower on the year.

In PGM futures on Friday and for the week

  • October platinum gained $23, or 2.4%, to end at $994.20 an ounce, but logged a 3.1% weekly loss.

  • Palladium for September delivery fell $21.40, or 0.9%, to finish at $2,276.50 an ounce, for a 14.3% weekly decline.

Both are lower on the year so far with platinum down 7.9% and palladium off 7.2%.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021

United States Mint bullion sales this week compared to last week slowed for both gold and silver coins. In week-over-week comparisons:

  • Sales of American Gold Eagles rose 39,500 ounces after increasing 41,500 ounces last week.

  • Sales of American Buffalo gold coins increased 2,000 ounces after gaining 13,500 ounces last week.

  • Sales of American Silver Eagles climbed 824,500 ounces after rising 968,500 ounces last week.

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

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
Friday Last Week This Week June July August 2021 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 40,000 28,000 158,000 49,500 83,500 717,500
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 21,000 15,000 10,000 21,000 77,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 0 30,000 0 0 86,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin 0 15,000 10,000 90,000 40,000 40,000 320,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 13,500 2,000 27,500 14,500 18,500 226,500
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin 0 968,500 824,000 2,800,000 3,104,000 2,405,000 21,415,500
$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin 0 0 0 0 0 0 75,000
Tuskegee Airmen 5 oz Silver Coin 0 0 0 0 0 0 52,900


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Kaiser Wilhelm

Just as I voiced my fear about recently, silver seems to be on a downward spiral that just doesn’t want to quit. It’s about to drop through the $23 level and has now lost 12.5% of its value on the year. Surely with all the demand out there for numismatic and bullion coins made of silver there should be a lot more market support for it than what is being demonstrated. I’m puzzled how physical silver can be so very much in demand and yet be continuing to lose value on paper. Additionally, the gap between the relative values of… Read more »

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Larry T


One possibility might be there isn’t high demand for silver use in the manufacturing sector. With all the fallout from the terror that is ‘The Delta Variant’ I don’t believe anyone is at capacity. Anyone making solar panels these days?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry, You’re so right. I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about how production facilities, especially those most reliant on modern technology, are already having to severely curtail if not outright discontinue their entire output due to a severe lack of computer chips. Now the manpower shortages brought about as a consequence of Covid-19 Part Deux infections are beginning to kick in rather rapidly to further aggravate this already ever-deteriorating situation. Who would have thought that the world would have to go through another round of this awful virus and yet here we are, and to think that it is… Read more »

Larry T

Kaiser, I’m not one of those people that throws out labels every time they hear someone say something that goes against their agenda, so no need to bring up the ‘xenophobia’ label ever again. I don’t have any animosity toward the Chinese people, but the CCP, oh that’s another story! I’m concerned, as you are, about how this virus keeps mutating at will regardless of seasonal conditions. Most friends of mine think we are going to be dealing with this for a long, long, long time. I once knew an individual who worked at a high security viral lab in… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Larry, In retrospect, I’m wondering how on earth I ever got from the price of silver to meandering around mainland China. Message to self: Get ahold of your walkabouts! Phew, I feel more as of one piece together again already. Back to speaking of beautiful silver, I received my three 2021-S New (Type 2) Proof American Silver Eagles today, and are they ever wondrous to behold. I do especially love the perfection of those San Francisco proof strikes; incomparable! Absolutely, yes, let’s get in some great football – although as to why it’s even called that I have never been… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm


By the way, I thought for sure the xenophobes were those dreadful creatures Sigourney Weaver is always having to tangle with in the countless “Alien” franchises. Oh, wait, those are xenomorphs! My bad.

Last edited 21 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm

Indeed Sir Kaiser, indeed. The disconnect between the paper price of silver & gold and the price for physical silver & gold continues along with the market manipulation and interventions in the gold and silver markets. Just ask Ted Butler about the price of silver and/or Chris Powell, GATA, about the price of gold. As proof, just try buying a One Ounce Silver coin for $23 or a One Ounce Gold coin for $1,780. Currently the gold/silver ratio = 77, but it should naturally be more like 50, so silver has more catching up to do in particular. Around and… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm


I find the gold to silver differential to be absurd; there is no way on earth that gold is worth that many times the value of silver! It’s long past time to root out the market manipulators and price fixers and allow the metals to find their own level.

Below: One of the most significant and above all widespread uses of silver…
The Silver Lining!

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Hey, didnt the US mint have Afghanistan as a shipping destination at one point in time, just wondering.

Larry T


Is that why it takes so long for the coins I’ve order from the Mint to be delivered!


Maybe? Looking at the US mint shipping destinations there is clearly a blank spot. Was that always there!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Jake & Larry,

The Taliban now have lots of military goodies to barter for U.S. Mint gold. Kim Jong Un, however has a more serious deal for us: send all the Reverse Proof Two Coin Silver Eagle Sets his way or he will go on another diet. The horror!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Jake & Larry,

The problem with getting to the last stop on the Mint’s Pony Express delivery route is that the horse can’t get there as it now finds itself Ryderless.

Kaiser Wilhelm


The one thing I do recall is that Afghanistan is (was?) far and away the world’s #1 grower of opium and exporter of heroin.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The U.S. trained and armed the mujahidin in Afghanistan to throw the Russians out of the country. The mujahidin became the Taliban and the Taliban gave sanctuary to Al-Qaeda who then perpetrated 9-11. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan to root out Al-Qaeda and in the process overthrew the Taliban. The Taliban fought for twenty years and eventually reclaimed Afghanistan. The Russians have now replaced the U.S. as the local superpower while ISIS has replaced Al-Qaeda as the terrorists in residence.

I guess it’s pretty much true; what goes around comes around.

Kaiser Wilhelm

“As it was in the beginning, is now” applies in many more ways, times, instances, places and circumstances than one might ordinarily think.