Sales of the American Eagle gold bullion coin soared during the first month of the year. According to the US Mint, gold bullion coin sales totaled 150,000 ounces, up 97.4% from December 2012 when 76,000 ounces were sold. Sales for the month were up 18.1% from comparable sales of 127,000 ounces a year ago during January 2012.
There has been a surge in demand for both gold and silver bullion coins during the first month of 2013. Sales of the American Silver Eagle bullion coins hit an all time record high during January as public demand for physical silver soared. The U.S. Mint has been forced to suspend sales of the silver bullion coins twice since last December since their entire stock was sold out. In addition, opening day sales for the 2013 American Silver Eagle bullion coins were the largest on record with total sales of 3,937,000 coins. To put this huge sales figure into perspective, prior to 2008, total annual sales of the silver bullion coins was only about 9.5 million coins.
January sales of 150,000 ounces of American Eagle gold bullion coins was the sixth largest on record and represents a multi-year high in sales since July 2010 when 152,000 ounces were sold. The previous record months were June 2010 with 151,500 ounces, December 2009 with 231,500 ounces, April 2009 with 157,500 ounces and December 2008 with 176,000 ounces.
The gold bullion coins are available in one ounce, one-half ounce, one quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce. The total number of coins sold during January 2013 was 275,500 as shown below.
|JAN 2013 GOLD BULLION SALES|
The American Eagle gold bullion coins are not sold directly to the public but rather to the Mint’s network of authorized purchasers who buy the coins in bulk based upon the market value of gold and a Mint markup. The authorized purchasers then resell the coins to the public, coin dealers and other bullion dealers. The U.S. Mint utilizes this distribution channel in order to make the coins widely available to the public with reasonable transaction costs and premiums in line with other bullion programs.
Gold and Silver Blog February 4, 2013