Precious metals fell on Tuesday, adding to their losses for November. Those losses were modest for gold but sharp for silver, platinum, and palladium.
Gold for February delivery declined $8.70, 0.5%, to settle at $1,776.50 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement was the lowest since Nov. 3 when gold ended at $1,763.90 an ounce.
"The primary drivers for gold will be the simple fact that the Fed can’t get very far down the path toward policy normalization without either collapsing financial markets or running into the brick wall of debt service costs," MarketWatch quoted Brien Lundin, editor of Gold Newsletter. "Once investors realize this, likely when the Fed either has to turn back from tapering or institutes the first rate hike, gold will take off."
Gold futures edged 0.4% lower in November, and they are down 6.3% on the year to date.
Silver for March delivery slipped 3.7 cents, or 0.2%, to settle at $22.815 an ounce. The settlement was the weakest since Oct. 12 when silver closed at $22.514 an ounce. Silver futures dropped 4.7% for the month and they are now 13.6% lower on the year.
In other precious metals futures prices on Tuesday and for the month:
January platinum lost $37.20, or 3.9%, to end at $927.30 an ounce, for a 9.2% loss in November.
- Palladium for March delivery fell $83.70, or 4.7%, to finish at $1,705.50 an ounce, for a 13.9% monthly loss.
Both are also down on the year so far with losses of 14.1% for platinum and 30.5% for palladium.
US Mint Bullion Sales in 2021
United States Mint bullion sales divided in November compared to October with overall gold coins moving slower and silver coins moving quicker. In headline comparisons:
American Eagle gold coins increased in November by 126,000 ounces, sliding 17.7% from 153,000 ounces in October while rising 48.2% from 85,000 ounces in November 2020. For the year to date, sales of American Gold Eagles at 1,201,500 ounces are 51.2% higher than the 794,500 ounces sold during the first eleven months of last year.
American Eagle silver coins advanced by 1,447,000 ounces, rising 34.5% from 1,076,000 ounces in October while falling 69.9% from 4,805,000 ounces in November 2020. Sales of American Silver Eagles for the year at 28,198,500 coins are 3.9% lower than the 29,338,000 coins sold through the same time in 2020.
American Buffalo gold coins increased in November by 39,000 ounces, marking gains of 4.9% from 41,000 ounces in October and 66% from 23,500 ounces in November 2020. American Gold Buffalo sales for the year so far at 339,500 ounces are 46.7% higher than the 231,500 ounces delivered in the same period last year.
2021-dated American Eagle palladium coins were introduced in November with 8,700 sold. No bullion edition was issued last year.
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)|
|Tuesday||Last Week||This Week||September||October||November||2021 Sales|
|$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||24,000||19,500||67,500||135,500||116,500||1,065,500|
|$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||0||4,000||7,000||6,000||94,000|
|$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin||0||2,000||2,000||8,000||22,000||10,000||160,000|
|$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin||0||0||5,000||35,000||85,000||40,000||490,000|
|$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin||0||8,500||4,000||24,000||41,000||39,000||339,500|
|$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin||0||0||448,000||2,735,000||1,076,000||1,447,000||28,198,500|
|$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin||0||0||0||0||0||0||75,000|
|$25 American Eagle 1 Oz Palladium Coin||0||0||0||0||0||8,700||8,700|
|Tuskegee Airmen 5 oz Silver Coin||0||0||0||0||0||0||52,900|