Gold Falls for Fourth Week; Silver Drops for Sixth Week

Gold has declined 7.2% through its four straight weekly losses
Gold has declined 5.8% through its four straight weekly declines

Precious metals declined on Friday, adding to their losses for the week. Gold and silver extended their streak of weekly drops to four and six, respectively, while also ending at their lowest prices of the year.

On Friday, gold for April delivery shed $9.70, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,817.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The finish was gold’s lowest settlement since it closed at $1,815.80 an ounce on Dec. 28.

"The evolving new narrative of more robust U.S. growth, payrolls, retail sales, and the additional Fed response required to tame the rude health of the U.S. economy sees investors catching up to the Fed ‘higher for longer,’ which has hurt gold," Stephen Innes, managing partner of SPI Asset Management, told MarketWatch.

On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported the personal consumption expenditures price index (PCI), which is the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, increased 5.4% in January from a year earlier compared to 5.3% previously.

Gold prices posted a 1.8% weekly slide, driving prices 0.5% into the red for the year to date. Gold has given back a combined $112.30, or 5.8%, through its four consecutive weekly losses. Before then, the yellow metal had scored six straight weekly wins in which prices advanced a combined $129.20, or 7.2%.

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

"This week, 20 Wall Street analysts participated in the Kitco News Gold Survey. Among the participants, 13 analysts, or 65%, were bearish on gold in the near term. At the same time, two analysts, or 10%, were bullish for next week and five analysts, or 25%, saw prices trading sideways.

Meanwhile, 596 votes were cast in online polls. Of these, 230 respondents, or 39%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 253, or 42%, said it would be lower, while 113 voters, or 19%, were neutral in the near term."

Elsewhere, silver for March delivery lost 49.6 cents, or 2.3%, to settle at $20.81 an ounce. The finish was silver’s lowest since it closed at $20.784 an ounce on Nov. 4.

Silver prices settled 4.2% lower for the week. The precious metal has retreated a combined $3.56, or 14.6%, through its six straight weekly losses. Silver is 13.4% lower on the year.

In PGM prices on Friday and for the week:

  • April platinum fell $37.60, or 4%, to end at $907.90 an ounce, for a 1.5% weekly loss.

  • Palladium for March delivery dropped $51.30, or 3.6%, to end at $1,377.30 an ounce, for a 7.7% weekly loss.

The two are down on the year so far with declines of 16.2% for platinum and 23.4% for palladium.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2023

Published United States Mint bullion sales have not changed since Feb. 7. 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)
January Sales Last Week February 2023 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin 118,000 0 9,000 127,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 37,000 0 1,000 38,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 62,000 0 2,000 64,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin 115,000 0 65,000 180,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin 59,000 0 5,000 64,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin 3,949,000 0 450,000 4,399,000
$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin 0 0 0 0
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Kaiser Wilhelm

I’m sure there are many ways of looking at the continuing trend of precious metal value losses but for the moment I’ll settle for “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.”


Sir Kaiser, did you get the email “U.S. Mint Announces Addition of the Waitroom” this morning, describing the addition of a new virtual waiting room (Waitroom) to the mint catalog website which will premier on March 2nd with the release of the 2023 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (W) and the 2023 Congratulations Set. It sounds more like the “Hurt Locker”…

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good Sir Rich, I did receive and have read the Mint’s announcement of its new virtual Waitroom and I of course hope it works the way it is designed to. As we both know from more than a little experience we have all too often discovered that whatever the Mint’s good intentions may at any time be those wishes are not necessarily guaranteed to unfailingly lead to the hoped for ideal outcomes.
By the way, “The Hurt Locker”, along with the at least as impactful “Full Metal Jacket”, are two of my all time favorite war movies.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Major D, it seems the likes of major volume buyers such as APMEX and Caffeine Mike Mezack alone have sufficient status with the Mint to manipulate American Silver Eagle output enough so as to pull off this amazing feat.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The annual Congratulations Set always sells out so very quickly thanks to the special feature unique to it of containing the absolutely identical Proof American Silver Eagle that is issued by the hundreds of thousands and released by itself.

East Coast Guru

The mint increased the the number of congrats sets from 30,000 to 40,000 this year. Maybe they will last an extra day on the web

Kaiser Wilhelm

My favorite part of this annual ritual, East Coast Guru, is that in order for the Congratulation Set ASE to be graded and slabbed it has to be removed from the very holder that ostensibly gives it its extra value.

Kaiser Wilhelm

And that, Major D, is putting it mildly. In comparison the Sphinx is an open book.


Yes, the idea sounds good but I need some clarification.
“Just before the release, all customers on the site will be moved into the Wait room”
Does that mean the customers viewing the product page? Does it mean the customers logged onto the catalog? Suppose I want two releases that day? Suppose I use a second browser to view the catalog, will I see the wait room on the side? Anyway, it should be fun and hopefully products “in the bag” don’t disappear at check-out.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Kia99, I don’t believe the above projected situations #1 and #2 will gain you entrance to the Waitroom. As to the “supposes” following those, I haven’t a clue.


Major D, ‘totally sympathize. I believe may folks stuck in the check-out process would restart their browser or the check-out session because nothing was happening and it wasn’t clear where the process had frozen. I certainly did. At least in the wait rooms I read about, there is an active session display letting you know the expected wait time. Let’s have some fun and try it out next week!

Kaiser Wilhelm

There might just be a bit of a “spaniard in the works” here in that from previous experience we know the Mint’s website detects our presence prior to us having signed in to our accounts, so your question as to what is the pertinent status, Major D, is an extremely important one. All I can say at this point is “here we go again.” Meanwhile, Caffeine Mike leans back, lights up an expensive (and likely illegal) Cuban stogie while his many minions scoop up the Congratulation Sets by the usual bucketload. Same as it ever was.