Gold Rises 3.2% on Week; Silver Scores 8.5% Weekly Gain

Gold and other precious metals logged weekly gains
Gold and other precious metals logged weekly gains

Gold, platinum and palladium declined on Friday while silver rallied to a fresh, seven-month settlement high. All the metals notched exceptional weekly gains.

Slipping from a near four-month high, gold for February delivery shed $5.60, or 0.3%, to close at $1,809.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"With the U.S. jobs number coming in much stronger than expected… what we’re seeing is the concern that the Fed may need to go further with their expected interest rate hikes," Reuters quoted David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Future.

"You’re going to see pressure on most asset classes today, not just the precious metals complex." 

On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department reported employers added 263,000 jobs in November, exceeding economists’ expectations of around 200,000 jobs.

Gold prices advanced 3.2% this week after dipping 0.02% last week. They are 1% lower on the year to date. On Thursday, gold marked its best finish since Aug. 12.

In looking ahead to next week, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street & Main Street surveys:

"This week, 18 Wall Street analysts participated in the Kitco News Gold Survey. Among the participants, 12 analysts, or 67%, were bullish on gold in the near term and six analysts, or 33%, were bearish for next week. There were no neutral votes in this week’s survey.

Meanwhile, 1,018 votes were cast in an online Main Street poll. Of these, 715 respondents, or 70%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 188, or 18%, said it would be lower, while 115 voters, or 11%, were neutral in the near term."

Elsewhere, silver for March delivery tacked on 40.9 cents, or 1.8%, to settle at $23.25 an ounce. The settlement was the best since April 27. Silver prices soared 8.5% this week after rising 2.1% last week. They are 0.4% lower on the year.

In PGM prices on Friday and for the week:

  • January platinum declined $28.30, or 2.7%, to end at $1,026.60 an ounce, but registered a 3.9% weekly increase.

  • Palladium for March delivery dropped $45.20, or 2.3%, to end at $1,901.10 an ounce, trimming its weekly gain to 4.4%.

The two metals are divided on the year so far with platinum 6.3% higher and palladium 0.6% lower.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2022

Published United States Mint bullion sales last changed on Nov. 21. 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 / This Week / Dec. July August September October November / Last Week 2022 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 59,500 47,500 47,500 59,500 6,000 846,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 0 5,000 2,000 0 2,000 0 75,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 0 2,000 4,000 4,000 2,000 0 140,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin 0 20,000 20,000 15,000 15,000 0 575,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 39,500 22,500 44,500 39,500 4,500 410,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin 0 850,000 850,000 833,000 1,258,000 1,407,000 15,904,500
$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin 0 15,500 1,000 0 0 0 80,000
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Holy Toledo! Silver is back above $23 an ounce. Seems like only yesterday it was down at $18 per ounce.


It may even end the year higher than it was at the start of the year. Wonder if the Mint bought the ag when it was around $18 for next years coins? Doubt that so expect higher prices for the silver coins/medals in 2023.


Major D,
Yes, the Mint’s programs do not, overall, nor should they lose money (unlike most of the Government programs do). My point is if they bought at $18 instead of at $23 they would reap even more. After all, when was the last time they reduced prices on silver products? They certainly raise prices fast but not so much when prices perhaps should/could be lower. Taking what you say into account should they not stop making the one cent and five cent coins which are big money losers for them and for all of us?


Sir Kaiser, Here is the listing of the 1986-2022 original/initial US Mint prices for the American Eagle Silver Proof coins: 1986 = $21.00 1987 = $23.00 1988 = $23.00 1989 = $23.00 1990 = $23.00 1991 = $23.00 1992 = $23.00 1993 = $23.00 1994 = $23.00 1995 = $23.00 1996 = $23.00 1997 = $23.00 1998 = $24.00 1999 = $24.00 2000 = $24.00 2001 = $24.00 2002 = $24.00 2003 = $24.00 2004 = $27.95 2005 = $27.95 2006 = $27.95 2007 = $29.95 2008 = $31.95 2010 = $45.95 2011 = $59.95 (price increased to $68.45 on… Read more »


Major D, you certainly are correct in your comment. As you point out, the Mint’s established pricing of the ASE Proof coins over the past 36 years is the end result of all the critical parts of the story, such as: the average spot price of silver from 1986-2022, the rate of inflation and inflation adjustments, silver and silver planchet supply considerations, and silver/silver coin demand in the US over those years. The yearly final mintage figures can roughly give us an idea of the demand component of the picture. It would be interesting to analyze and compare the chart… Read more »


For some reason, I thought the 1994 proof ASE was much more than that.


I believe the U.S. Mint sells per the current price, not the price they paid for the metal, silver, gold, platinum and palladium. The government’s business is business; or was that America’s business is business? It’s a business nontheless.


That would be explosive!

Dazed and Coinfused

Antonio. Maybe your mom would keep a proof set if it was gold or silver. Nah. Just the diamond. Sparkly over shiny. I think platinum is going to start creeping up and maybe overtake gold again. When silver was $50 not long ago, what were the ase going for? I see it steady went up then quick surge. But dropping from 50 to $13 I don’t see that exposed in the price list. Also. I think I have an error 10 dollar bill. The left or right side looks wrinkled, like it was in a paper jam, but on the… Read more »


I think mom preferred a visit, hug and kiss on the cheek. Saying, “I love you mom” doesn’t hurt either. I just think she wasn’t interested in coins. What in the world!


That’s why I pass on that one. Perhaps years from now it’ll make sense (no pun intended) but for now, not really.