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U.S. MINT SEPTEMBER SALES: 134 Times More Silver Eagles Sold Than Gold Eagles

U.S. MINT SEPTEMBER SALES: 134 Times More Silver Eagles Sold Than Gold Eagles

With the enormous investor demand for Silver Eagles, the U.S. Mint sold nearly three million official coins in September.  While this wasn’t the highest monthly amount this year, it was a record when we compare the Silver Eagle sales to Gold Eagles.  And, it seems that U.S. citizens are purchasing the majority of the Silver Eagles as Americans prefer silver bullion coins (and rounds) over bars.

For those who might be new to the precious metals market, the official coins such as Silver Eagles, Maples, Philharmonics, Krugerrands, Kangaroos, Britannias, Pandas, and Libertads are known as “COINS.” In contrast, private rounds such as Buffalos, Walking Liberty, etc are labeled as “ROUNDS.”

While some investors prefer the Silver Maples because they have a better fineness (99.99% silver) versus the Silver Eagles (99.9% silver), there has been one heck of a lot more Silver Eagles sold and held in the market than Maples.  I don’t have a total Silver Maple Leaf coin figure because the Royal Canadian Mint stopped providing updates since 2015 on the amount of Gold & Silver Maples sold.

Regardless, here is an updated chart of the total Silver Eagles sold to date since 1986.

A total of 556 million Silver Eagles and 23.8 million Gold Eagles were sold from 1986 to September 2020.  That’s a half-billion oz of Silver Eagles sold since the U.S. Mint began producing them in 1986.  The ratio of total Silver Eagles to Gold Eagles over the 35 years was 23/1.  However, if we look at the ratio for September this year, it’s considerably higher.

The U.S. Mint sold 2,958,500 Silver Eagles and 22,000 oz of Gold Eagles during September.  Thus, the ratio was 134 times more Silver Eagles than Gold Eagles.  The average ratio over the 2016-2019 period was 64/1.

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How Much Silver Bullion Was Sold By The Top Three Official Mints So Far This Year?

How Much Silver Bullion Was Sold By The Top Three Official Mints So Far This Year?

The top three official mints sold a great deal of retail silver bullion products in the first half of 2020.  However, the sales figure could have been a great deal higher if the various government mints weren’t forced to shut down production.  The top three official mints in retail silver bullion sales are the U.S. Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, and the Perth Mint.

According to the data from the 2020 World Silver Survey, for last year’s figures, the Royal Canadian Mint sold 25.8 million oz (Moz) of silver bullion products, followed by the U.S. Mint at 19.5 Moz and the Perth Mint with 12.7 Moz.  The majority of the 19.5 Moz of U.S. Mint silver bullion products sold last year were from the 14.9 Moz of Silver Eagles and 1.5 Moz of the Five-ounce American The Beautiful Silver Coins with the remainder in Silver Eagle Proofs, collectibles, and various numismatic coins.

However, both the Royal Canadian Mint and the Perth Mint also sell silver bars.  The Royal Canadian Mint sells 10 oz, 100 oz, and kilo silver bars besides its Silver Maples and various other official silver coins and numismatics.  Unfortunately, since 2015, the Royal Canadian Mint no longer provides the sales figures for its Silver Maples.  I will contact the Royal Canadian Mint to see if they will provide this data.

Regardless, if we look at the first half of 2020, here is the increase in silver bullion products from these top three official mints.

In the first six months of 2020, these top three official mints sold 34.9 Moz of silver bullion products versus 24.1 Moz during the same period last year.  That turns out to be 10.8 Moz more silver bullion products sold 1h 2020, or 45% higher than during 1H 2019.

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U.S. Mint Silver & Gold Eagle Sales Explode In August

U.S. Mint Silver & Gold Eagle Sales Explode In August

With the recent update from the U.S. Mint, Silver and Gold Eagle sales surged in August.  While Gold Eagle sales continue even higher during August, the real explosion took place in the Silver Eagle figures.  After the U.S. Mint adapted its fabrication processes to incorporate protections for employees due to the virus, production and sales of Silver and Gold Eagles took off again in August.

And, when I say that Silver Eagle sales EXPLODED in August, I wasn’t exaggerating.  In June, the U.S. Mint sold a bit more than one million Silver Eagles, but this more than quadrupled in August.  Total Silver Eagle sales in August were 4,477,000, higher than the total sales from August to December 2019 at 3,591,500.

In just one month, the U.S. Mint sold more Silver Eagles than during the last five months of 2019.  That is an impressive figure.  We finally see monthly sales figures similar to the monthly sales figures that took place during 2015 when the U.S. Mint sold 47 million Silver Eagles.

Already, Silver Eagle sales for January to September (first ten days) 2020 are higher at 19.1 million versus 14.8 million for full-year 2019.

If Silver Eagle sales continue to be healthy for the rest of the year, and the U.S. Mint can keep up with demand, we could easily see a total of 25-28 million sold for the entire year.  Furthermore, it seems as of premiums on Silver Eagles are finally coming down to a more reasonable level for investors.  Interestingly, investors are willing to pay these high premiums for Silver Eagles to acquire these U.S. Government official silver coins.

Now, if we look at the Gold Eagle sales for August, there were also quite impressive at 121,000 oz.  The U.S. Mint sold 121,000 oz of Gold Eagles in August compared to 152,000 oz for full-year 2019.

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U.S. MINT GOLD COIN SALES ALREADY DOUBLE vs. 2019: Best BUY PRICES For Gold Eagle & Buffalo Update

U.S. MINT GOLD COIN SALES ALREADY DOUBLE vs. 2019: Best BUY PRICES For Gold Eagle & Buffalo Update

Sales of the U.S. Mint Gold Eagle and Buffalo coins are already double what they were for full-year 2019.  And, with the Fed and central banks continuing to print money hand-over-fist, I doubt the demand for gold coins will diminish anytime soon.

Interestingly, sales for precious metals bullion retail products, according to Dan at Cloud Hard Assets, are running about 60% for gold and 40% for silver (total value, not ounces).  Investors would be buying more silver, but due to the backlog and shortage of retail silver bullion products, individuals are being forced to buy more gold.

According to the U.S. Mint’s most recent update, sales of 2020 Gold Eagles totaled 332,000 oz compared to only 152,000 oz for 2019.  Furthermore, Gold Buffalo coin sales have reached 117,500 oz versus only 61,500 for 2019. Again, we are only five months into 2020, so it will be interesting to see what demand for these U.S. Gold coins will be for the remainder of the year.

Investors looking to acquire Gold Eagles and Buffalos are still paying high premiums.  In comparing the premiums for 2020 Gold Eagles and Buffalos, the best value that I could find from the leading online dealers is about 8%.  However, the Gold Buffalo coin premiums were even higher.

Here is an update on the BEST BUY PRICES for 2020 Gold Eagles and Buffalos from the leading online dealers’ vs. CLOUD HARD ASSETS (Prices below based on $1,745+ gold spot price early Thursday):

As you can see, it’s important to compare the prices of gold bullion products (and services).  Moreover, I am putting together a spreadsheet comparing the top online dealers’ Silver Eagle premiums vs. CLOUD HARD ASSETSToday, the top online dealers 2020 Silver Eagle premiums are running about 59% of the current spot price vs. 39% for CLOUD HARD ASSETS. Again, it’s wise to compare prices and services at the different precious metals dealers.

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U.S. Silver Eagle Sales Surge Past 5 Million In March: Availability At Low Prices… CHECK HERE

U.S. Silver Eagle Sales Surge Past 5 Million In March: Availability At Low Prices… CHECK HERE

With the U.S. Mint now temporarily suspended, it will become even more difficult to acquire Silver Eagles.  According to James Anderson at SilverDoctors, the U.S. Mint shut down its West Point Facility due to an officer testing positive for the virus.  The U.S. Mint West Point facility will remain closed for two weeks until further notice.

However, the U.S Mint updated its Silver Eagle sales on the last day of the month to show a total of 5.5 million sold. Since my previous update, the U.S. Mint sold another 650,000 Silver Eagles, for a total of 5,482,500.

The last time the U.S. Mint sold Silver Eagles to this level in March was back in 2014, when 5,354,000 coins were sold.  With the premiums on Silver Eagles exploding, investors are now quoted delivery times of 3-4+ weeks or months.

I spoke with Dan at Cloud Hard Assets today, and I was shocked to find out that the quoted time for 1,000 oz wholesale silver bars was 4-6 weeks!!!!  Can you believe that??  When the silver price crashed in 2008, investors were buying 1,000 oz bars and turning them into small coins and bars.  However, that option is much more difficult because the availability of 1,000 wholesale silver bars is similar to RETAIL BULLION… LOL.

I was also surprised to hear that Cloud Hard Assets was only charging $6.50 over spot to purchase Silver Eagles. I have been making comparisons of some of the well-known online precious metals dealers Silver Eagles BUY & SELL prices, and have now included the price from CLOUD HARD ASSETS which I sponsor on this website:

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U.S. Mint Silver Eagle Sales Surge First Three Days In March Due To Global Contagion

U.S. Mint Silver Eagle Sales Surge First Three Days In March Due To Global Contagion

When investors become increasingly concerned about the financial system, they rush into physical precious metals.  And, this is precisely what we see taking place at the U.S. Mint as sales of Silver Eagles surged in the first three days of March versus the entire month of February.  The U.S. Mint hasn’t seen this type of buying for several years.

For the past three years, annual Silver Eagle sales fell below 20 million, reaching a low in 2019.  However, that may all change this year as the global contagion spreads, motivating investors to shed paper assets and move into physical precious metals. For sure, investors should be worried when the Fed starts to do “LIQUIDITY BOMBS” via its Repo Operations as stated by Sven Heinrich, the Northman Trader:

While the Primary Dealers submitted requests for $111.478 billion this morning, the Fed accepted $100 billion.  Add that to the single-day Repo of another $100 billion yesterday, which I wrote about in my article; FED REPO INJECTIONS HIT RECORD LEVEL: Global Contagion Negatively Impacting Financial Markets.  The Fed Repo Operations yesterday purchased $100 billion (overnight) and a $20 billion (two-week period) for a total of $120 billion.

On top of the record Fed Repo Operations, then there was the “EMERGENCY” 50 basis point rate cut yesterday that should have pushed the markets up considerably.  However, the Dow Jones Index fell nearly 800 points by the end of trading… a very bad sign indeed.  While the Dow has recovered this morning, I believe this is only a temporary situation as the global contagion continues to spread negatively impacting the world’s supply chain.  Let’s face it; the worst is yet to come.

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Silver Coin Shortage Is Now a Global Phenomenon

Silver Coin Shortage Is Now a Global Phenomenon

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While the price of silver has reached a 5 year low, demand continues to surge in the opposite direction, and not just in the United States. Reuters reports that both the US Mint and the Canadian mint had to ration their supply of silver coins last Summer, while Australia’s Perth Mint had record sales this month. They sold over 2.5 million ounces of silver in September, which was 4 times more than what they sold in August.

Curiously, the rationing isn’t being caused by an actual shortage of silver, at least according to the wholesale manager of the Perth Mint. “There seems to be a bit of frenzy as people think there is a shortage of silver. But in fact it is a (crunch in) manufacturing capacity.” The surge in demand is largely being fueled by what the mint is calling “mom and pop” investors in the United States who want to take advantage of the price dip. As shortages worsen at the US Mint, Americans are now buying coins from foreign mints, and the demand is even spilling over into Asia and Europe.

Still, the silver price continues to fall as the “institutional and retail investors” place their bets on the US dollar, and our (supposedly) improving economy. Prices will likely stagnate until these big money investors lose confidence in the global economy. But until that day arrives, lower-income buyers will continue to outstrip the manufacturing capacity of national mints across the world, a trend which silver retailers expect to continue for at least another year.

Comex On The Edge? Paper Gold “Dilution” Hits A Record 124 For Every Ounce Of Physical

Comex On The Edge? Paper Gold “Dilution” Hits A Record 124 For Every Ounce Of Physical

Over the weekend, we got what was merely the latest confirmation that when it comes to sliding gold prices, consumer of physical gold just can’t get enough. As the Times of India reported over the weekend, India’s gold imports shot up by about 61 per cent to 155 tonnes in the first two months of the current fiscal “due to weak prices globally and the easing of restrictions by the Reserve Bank. In April-May of the last fiscal, gold imports had aggregated about 96 tonnes, an official said.”

This follows confirmations previously that with the price of gold sliding, physical demand has been through the roof, case in point: “US Mint Sells Most Physical Gold In Two Years On Same Day Gold Price Hits Five Year Low“, “Gold Bullion Demand Surges – Perth Mint and U.S. Mint Cannot Meet Demand“, “Gold Tumbles Despite UK Mint Seeing Europeans Rush To Buy Bullion” and so on. Indicatively, as of Friday, the US Mint had sold 170,000 ounces of gold bullion in July: the fifth highest on record, and we expect today’s month-end update to push that number even higher.

But while the dislocation between demand for physical and the price of paper gold has been extensively discussed here over the years, most recently in “Gold And The Silver Stand-Off: Is The Selling Of Paper Gold And Silver Finally Ending?”, something unexpected happened at the CME on Friday afternoon which may be the most important observation yet.

Recall that in the middle of 2013, in an extensive series of articles, we covered what was then a complete collapse in Comex vaulted holding of registered (i.e., deliverable) gold.  At the time the culprit was JPM, where for some still unexplained reason, the gold held in the newest Comex’ vault plunged by nearly 2 million ounces in just six short months.

 

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Perth Mint and U.S. Mint Cannot Meet Demand as Gold Bullion Demand Surges

Perth Mint and U.S. Mint Cannot Meet Demand as Gold Bullion Demand Surges

– Perth Mint sees surge in demand and cannot keep up with demand
– “Our biggest restriction is the amount of unrefined gold we’re getting in from producers”
– Very high demand for Perth Mint coins, bars coming from Asia, U.S. and Europe
– U.S. Mint sees highest sales of gold coins in over 2 years
– U.S. Mint restrictions on silver coins due to very high demand
– Gold sentiment has moved from despondency to depression (see chart)
– Current negative sentiment despite strong demand is good contrarian indicator

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Perth Mint Gold Bar (1 kilo)

Depressed prices have led to the usual market response, a surge in physical demand for coins and bars globally.

This is confirmed in conversations we have had with our refiner and mint partners in recent days. There are growing shortages of supply of small coins and bars. This is resulting in delays in receiving bullion and indeed to rising premiums.

Asian gold demand picked up this week keeping premiums robust and slightly higher in the world’s top gold buying regions.

Treasurer for the Perth Mint, Nigel Moffatt has said that the mint has seen a surge in demand for physical gold since the price dropped below $1,100 per ounce.

In an interview on Bloomberg’s “First Up” show he said “Our biggest restriction is the amount of unrefined gold we’re getting in from producers”, adding, “everything we get in is going straight out the door as soon as we refine it.”

Moffatt says that the Perth Mint is seeing strong demand for kilo bars which go to Asia – particularly India, China and now Thailand – adding that traditional buyers in Asia tend to “stock up” on gold when the price falls.

There is also a huge demand for coins from individual buyers in the U.S. and Europe:

Gold “is going straight out the door as soon as we can find it.”

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Forget The $1 Trillion Platinum Coin–Here’s the $10 Trillion Stone Coin

Forget The $1 Trillion Platinum Coin–Here’s the $10 Trillion Stone Coin

The point I’m making with the $10 trillion stone coin is that if money is a social contrivance, then it should be distributed to those creating goods and services.

You’ve probably heard of the $1 trillion platinum coin proposal: the basic idea is the U.S. Mint issues a $1 trillion platinum coin, and returns the difference between the cost of minting the coin (trivial) and the face value attributed to the coin ($1 trillion) to the United States Treasury General Fund.

This difference is known asseigniorage. The federal government could then spend the $1 trillion without having to borrow the money by selling Treasury bonds–the usual mechanism for funding federal deficit spending.

The idea was originally proposed as a way of avoiding more federal borrowing: rather than borrow another $1 trillion to fund federal spending, the Treasury would be handed $1 trillion in freshly created cash as seigniorage proceeds from the $1 trillion coin.

Is the idea legal? Some scholars say yes, others are doubtful.

The point of the $1 trillion platinum coin is to create money out of nothing and do so outside the Federal Reserve, which creates money out of nothing but balances that debit by buying Treasury bonds, which are booked as an asset.

 

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Second Thoughts On US Official Gold Reserves Audits

Second Thoughts On US Official Gold Reserves Audits

What is not often covered in the media or blogosphere are the audits of the US official gold reserves stored at the US Mint, which is the custodian for 95 % (7716 tonnes) of the stash – nowadays also referred to as custodial deep storage, and at the Federal Reserve Bank Of New York that safeguards the remaining 5 % (418 tonnes). The lawful owner of the US official gold reserves is the US TreasuryPart one covered the most recent records I could find published by the US government, in this post we’ll examine more historical records and approach this matter from a more critical angle. Because of the amount of information I found this post is split in multiple parts.

What Is A Gold Audit?

From Wikipedia:

Auditing is defined as a systematic and independent examination of data, statements, records, operations and performances (financial or otherwise) of an enterprise for a stated purpose. In any auditing the auditor perceives and recognizes the propositions before him for examination, collects evidence, evaluates the same and on this basis formulates his judgment, which is communicated through his audit report.

Due to constraints, an audit seeks to provide only reasonable assurance that the statements are free from material error. Hence, statistical sampling is often adopted in audits.

To be sure, I’ve asked several bullion dealers about how their audits are being conducted. They all agreed an audit involves three parties: the owner of the gold, the custodian and an external (independent) auditor. The external auditor examines the gold, compares its findings with the statements of the custodian and then reports on the accuracy of the statements of the custodian to the owner of the gold. An example of an audit report by such an external auditor can be found here.

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