Gold, Silver and Platinum Gain on Thursday, April 20


On Thursday, the price of palladium declined, while the prices of gold, silver, and platinum increased, recording gains ranging from less than 0.1% for silver to 0.6% for gold.

Gold for June delivery rose by $11.80 to settle at $2,019.10 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"The precious metals bulls have stabilized their two markets after recent selling pressure. A weaker U.S. dollar index and a decline U.S. Treasury yields today are working in favor of the metals market bulls," Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco Inc, said in a daily research note.

After losing 0.6% on Wednesday, rising 0.6% on Tuesday, and dropping 0.4% on Monday, gold futures traded today within a range of $2,002.20 to $2,024.20. Notably, last Thursday, gold achieved its highest closing level since August 6, 2020, finishing at $2,055.30 an ounce.

Meanwhile, silver for May delivery edged up 2 cents, or 0.01%, to settle at $25.373 an ounce, following a 0.4% gain on Wednesday, a 0.7% increase on Tuesday, and a 1.5% decrease on Monday. Silver futures ranged from $25.15 to $25.59. Last Thursday, silver ended at $25.925 an ounce, its highest closing price since April 18, 2022.

In other precious metals futures prices on Thursday:

  • July platinum added $1.90, or 0.2%, to $1,107.60 an ounce, trading between $1,094.54 and $1,112.50.

  • Palladium for June delivery declined $30.10, or 1.9%, to $1,588.70 an ounce, ranging from $1,575.50 to $1,628.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2023

U.S. Mint published bullion sales were unchanged on Thursday. The table below presents a breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products sold, with columns indicating the number of coins sold during different time periods.

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
Thursday / This Week Last Week January Sales February March April 2023 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 56,500 118,000 41,500 211,000 74,500 445,000
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 37,000 8,000 1,000 8,000 54,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 62,000 12,000 10,000 10,000 94,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin 0 10,000 115,000 85,000 10,000 30,000 240,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 25,500 59,000 19,500 73,000 35,000 186,500
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin 0 0 3,949,000 900,000 900,000 450,000 6,199,000
$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin 0 0 N/A N/A 7,500 500 8,000
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Spot gold closed back above $2,000 today at $2,005.30 per ounce. The battle for gold above the $2,000 danger zone is on.


Sir Kaiser, $2,000 gold is an important, psychological level. The historical high for gold is $2,064, which was reached in March, 2021. The gold price zone between $2,000 and $2,064 is dangerous for the gold shorts, not the longs, for if the price breaks out of this zone it will shoot up to a new all-time high. Therefore, the gold cartel (shorts) will do everything in their power to push gold down below $2,000 and keep it contained from breaking out of the $2000 – $2064 price zone. The fighting is like what we saw today with spot gold being… Read more »

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Seth Riesling


I vaguely remember silver at $5 and even a little below $5 per ounce sometime in the1990s. The average cost at the time to bring an ounce out of a silver mine at the time was about $5.50 per ounce cost to the mining company. Yet, the U.S. Mint at the time had no problem getting silver planchets from vendors for its ASE $1 coins, the silver coins Proof sets (they started back again in 1992 after a 28 year absence), & its silver commemorative $1 coins.
Times surely have changed in that regard!


Seth Riesling


Yes, for sure the supply vs demand factor rules.

As I’m sure you know, the U.S. Mint was the last government Mint to still use .900 fine silver planchets that had to be procured at a higher cost due to the planchets being a custom-made item for them. The rest of the Mint’s in the world use .999 fine or .9999 fine silver planchets. The U.S. Mint in all its messy, bureaucratic glory was late to the game & didn’t switch over to .999 fine silver coins till 2019.


Seth Riesling


I remember watching “Laugh In” as a kid. Even though I was ages 6 to 12 during its run & I didn’t understand all the jokes, it was “electric” & eclectic enough to hold my attention. I had such a crush on Goldie Hawn!


Jeff Legan

Hi Seth, I was 10 when it ended. I recently caught a re-run of it. Saw lots of faces I hadn’t thought of for a while now. Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, and more. I remember Goldie Hawn too, of course, but I have thought of her regularly over the years (haha), unlike the others. I cannot remember if I saw her on this particular episode, though. John Wayne was making a guest appearance. In one skit, the setting was him with a woman in a bedroom and she told him in a sexy voice “what would you do if I… Read more »

Seth Riesling

Jeff, That is funny. I saw a late-night infomercial like last year where they are selling all 6 seasons of that great comedy variety show on DVDs. I saw John Wayne in one of the clips they showed. He didn’t seem the type of actor that would be funny, but he obviously was. Lily Tomlin was & is still a great comedian & actress who I really like. I saw her first appearance on the Carol Burnett Show in its early years around 1969 or 1970 on a rerun the other nite & she did a 1-woman sketch scene that… Read more »