Gold Ekes Out Weekly Win, while Palladium Soars

Gold recorded a modest $3.50 weekly gain
Gold recorded a modest $3.50 weekly gain

On Friday, three out of four major precious metals advanced, with palladium standing out for its daily loss but more so for its impressive weekly gain of over 5%, which was the highest among the group. Gold, meanwhile, had the weakest performance among the metals for the week.

Up for a second day after hitting a three-week low on Wednesday, gold for December delivery tacked on $13.40, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,946.20 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"Gold and silver are rallying on a wall of worry," Reuters quoted Tai Wong, a New York-based independent metals trader. "The UAW strike looks like it could last some time given what the union is demanding. And the possible govt. shutdown at the end of the month is getting more press," Wong said.

Gold prices inched 0.2% higher this week after having fallen by 1.2% last week. On Wednesday, gold marked its lowest settlement since August 22, trading at $1,932.50 an ounce. In terms of year-to-date performance, the value of the yellow metal has risen by 6.6%.

Looking to the week ahead, Kitco News offers the following forecasts via their Wall Street vs. Main Street surveys:

"This week, 12 Wall Street analysts participated in the Kitco News Gold Survey, and their predictions were evenly distributed, with four experts each, or 33%, expecting gold prices to be bullish, bearish and unchanged during the week ending September 22.

Meanwhile, 415 votes were cast in online polls. Of these, 180 respondents, or 43%, looked for gold to rise next week. Another 156, or 38%, expected it would be lower, while 79 voters, or 19%, were neutral in the near term."

Snapping a two-session losing streak, silver for December delivery jumped 39.2 cents, or 1.7%, closing at a price of $23.386 an ounce. This daily gain resulted in a weekly increase of 0.9% after prices tumbled 5.7% last week. Year to date, silver prices have declined by 2.7%.

In other precious metals, both on Friday and for the week:

  • October platinum added $18.40, or 2%, to end at $929.50 an ounce, increasing its weekly gain to 3.9%.

  • Palladium for December delivery shed $2.10, or 0.2%, to finish at $1,252.70 an ounce, trimming its weekly increase to 5.1%.

Reviewing their performance since the beginning of the year, platinum has declined by 14.2%, whereas palladium has dropped by 30.3%.

US Mint Bullion Sales in 2023

On Thursday and Friday, U.S. Mint bullion sales remained unchanged. They advanced for the first time this week on Wednesday, with increases of 20,500 ounces in American Gold Eagles, 1,500 ounces in American Gold Buffalos, and 785,000 ounces in American Silver Eagles.

The table below presents a breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products sold, with columns indicating the number of coins sold (not total ounces) during different time periods.

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins)
Friday Last Week This Week July August September 2023 Sales
$50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 3,500 8,500 41,000 78,000 12,000 756,500
$25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 10,000 0 2,000 10,000 85,000
$10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coin 0 0 22,000 0 2,000 22,000 156,000
$5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coin 0 20,000 15,000 0 150,000 35,000 570,000
$50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coin 0 14,000 1,500 16,500 19,500 15,500 328,000
$1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coin 0 717,000 785,000 209,100,000 3,124,000 1,502,000 16,441,000
$100 American Eagle 1 Oz Platinum Coin 0 0 0 0 0 0 12,700


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Kaiser Wilhelm

Year To Date Performance:
Gold – Up 6.6%
Silver – Down 2.7%
Platinum – Down 14.2%
Palladium – Down 30.3%


Kaiser Wilhelm, talk about not giving any love to that “other” Precious Metal? As a side note, how about our friend, “unobtanium”, better known as Rhodium. Rhodium – Down 318% Not too many(1?) Rhodium coins out there and none by our US Mint, however I thought I’d add since it’s one of the Big 4, listed daily on Kitco and probably others. Talk about losing big time on a 1oz Rhodium coin, depending on purchase/sale date? Or a windfall possibly, if one’s timing lined up appropriately? 2018 would have been the time to buy and 2021 the time to have… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

You’re very welcome, CaliSkier; it is in fact always my pleasure to ferret out the more interesting and/or meaningful tidbits of what otherwise typically presents itself rather regularly as a somewhat tedious page, one that might however be considered a bigger draw for folks into things yoyo. I have very little familiarity with rhodium but I did find your tale of its ups and downs (there we go with that yoyo effect again) and how that has impacted those who have either collected or invested in it (or both, I suppose) exceptionally interesting and most definitely informative. As I’ve mentioned… Read more »

Major D

You all have left out a few. After rhodium, iridium (in the platinum group) is the next expensive. And it looks like Rwanda has a lock as the only country that has produced coins of both Rh and Ir. Other platinum group metals are Osmium /Os and Ruthenium/Ru (no coins of either as yet?). For me, they’re all in the “unobtainium” group. Coinage metals – Wikipedia Precious metal – Wikipedia Rwanda 2013 5×10 Francs Noble 5 The Five Most Precious Metals Proof (IR- BU) Set CountryRwanda Year of issue 2013 Face value 10 francs (x5) Metal and purity 999 Weight… Read more »

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Major D

Posting again without links (links seem to cause “Awaiting For Approval”) You all have left out a few. After rhodium, iridium (in the platinum group) is the next expensive. And it looks like Rwanda has a lock as the only country that has produced coins of both Rh and Ir. Other platinum group metals are Osmium /Os and Ruthenium/Ru (no coins of either as yet?). For me, they’re all in the “unobtainium” group. Rwanda 2013 5×10 Francs Noble 5 The Five Most Precious Metals Proof (IR- BU) Set CountryRwanda Year of issue 2013 Face value 10 francs (x5) Metal and… Read more »

rwanda noble 6.jpg
Kaiser Wilhelm

Major D, I like to think of posts such as yours as “knowledge expanders” because they introduce me, and likely other participants of our site here also, to numismatic subject matter that is entirely new. The Rwanda 5/6 Precious Metals Coin Set is certainly a unique, in fact one of a kind, collection, and from the national flag visible alongside the depiction of them and their display case I can surmise that there is yet another country involved in their production as these coins were apparently minted in Germany. I also happened to notice how extremely small or should I… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

By the way, Major D, we have now rather clearly established and determined that trying to post a link will earn you an “Awaiting For Approval” notice while on the other hand attempting to edit a post comes with a warning that “You Are Posting Too Fast – Slow Down”. Both of those actions and the site’s automatic responses to them are in effect resulting in what would be called prohibitions by any other name. Does it seem just a little bit like the walls might be starting to close in?


Kaiser Wilhelm said, previous thread: “I know, CaliSkier; hasn’t this edit malfunction kind of worn out its (un)welcome?“

Indeed, indeed…LOL Nice choice & appropriate meme. Perhaps, Jeff and yourself are correct in your deduction, that this may be an “Intentional Speedbump” placed to make sure, that you(we) “Check Yo Self(ourselves), before you(we): “Wreckity, Wreck, Wreck.. Yourself”? Ice Cube LOL As Jeff pointed out, even if you check for typos multiple times, invariably one still usually sneaks through. Oh well most of us can tell or interpret what was meant, regardless?

Kaiser Wilhelm


To be entirely fair it was Jeff Legan by himself who first came up with the possibility of this apparent blockage of edits being an outright ban rather than merely a temporary glitch. Be that as it may, as you just said above, CaliSkier, perhaps if it is intentional it’s not such a bad idea after all; maybe we could all use a little slowing down…I know I certainly could. And as for the typos, let’s think of them as a sort of mind exercise, little puzzles we are given to figure out by flexing our brain cells.


While we patiently wait for the “Edit Function Service Person”(hopefully person isn’t offended, LOL) to arrive in addition to a new article Monday from our friends here at CoinNews, let’s talk coins, shall we? Granted the Mint has shown negative sales the past 2(?) sales reports for the AWQ’s PDS Jovita Idar 3-roll sets, it’s really hard to fathom how these numbers are actually related and computable: sales, negative sales, over the product limit(at one point PDS Eleanor Roosevelt’s were) at the product limit, Currently Unavailable, “No Orders Before Sale Date Will Be Accepted, yet you can subscribe and there’s… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm


Since I have no more clue than anyone else (and perhaps even less so) as to what is in fact happening at the Mint to result in these seemingly inexplicable changes in sales figures regarding the 2023 AWQ Jovita Idar PDS 3 Roll Sets, I find myself with no option other than to go with Door #3, the aforementioned Mystery Machine.


Kaiser Wilhelm, perhaps you should draw up a contract to, pitch the US Mint, so that each return must go through AVS inspection, then AVS stickered, prior to being accepted back into US Mint Inventory? Just saying…. Ripe for the picking! LOL the consumer pays you $10 and you get $25 per the US Mint inspection fee you get them to agree to? I know it’s less than the original business plan, however this would just be an additional avenue of play? What do you say?

Seth Riesling


Y’all propose an interesting business model for sure! Lol.
I would like to be a U.S. Mint contract private vendor in this plan…I will accept anyone’s Mint products in their original Mint packaging & original mailing box at my address & will inspect the coins/medals & packaging and then put an AVS sticker on the box. Just send your Mint items to me at: AVS, LLC, P.O. Box 666, Cayman Islands…or call my toll-free customer service number at:800-RipMeOff… Operators are standing by to take your money! Lol.


Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth and Caliskier, At this point I’m really not sure whether I should simply be pleasantly flattered and extremely elated that you have both chosen to act as such enthusiastic cheerleaders for and commit to being considerably significant supporters of my AVS (Adhesive Verification Specialist) business plan and all of its possible corresponding profit-making applications, side ventures and ancillary enterprises or that I should on the other hand commence being more than a little bit worried if not in fact even seriously concerned that there just might happen to be some manner of increasingly devious and potentially disastrous move afoot… Read more »