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US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in August

United States Mint bullion products advanced on Monday with American Eagle gold coins gaining 4,000 ounces and American Eagle silver coins rising 852,500 ounces.

The U.S. Mint continues to restrict sales of American Silver Eagles. The agency has allocated 1,187,500 coins for this week, and there are now 335,000 left with Monday’s haul. Last week’s allocation of 1 million coins was claimed by Wednesday.

Year-to-date Silver Eagle sales stand at over 30 million. In 2014 when sales ended at a record 44,006,000, the coins by Aug. 17, 2014 reached sales of 27,283,500.

Below is a listing of U.S. Mint bullion products with the number of coins sold during varying periods. Products with an asterisk (*) are no longer available.

US Mint Bullion Sales (# of coins) Monday Sales Last Week July Sales August Sales YTD Sales $50 American Eagle 1 Oz Gold Coins 2,500 7,500 144,500 14,000 357,000 $25 American Eagle 1/2 Oz Gold Coins 1,000 1,000 10,000 2,000 48,000 $10 American Eagle 1/4 Oz Gold Coins 0 4,000 28,000 6,000 104,000 $5 American Eagle 1/10 Oz Gold Coins 10,000 15,000 135,000 30,000 555,000 $50 American Buffalo 1 Oz Gold Coins 0 3,000 32,000 4,000 132,500 $1 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Coins 852,500 1,000,000 5,529,000 3,032,500 30,347,500 2015 Homestead 5 Oz Silver Coins* – 35,000 2015 Kisatchie 5 Oz Silver Coins* – 42,000 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway 5 Oz Silver Coins* – 10,000 – 45,000


ATHENS, GREECE – JUNE 28: People wait in a queue in front of a bank’s ATM to withdraw their cash in Athens, Greece on June 28, 2015. Greeks are anxious about whether the European Central Bank will increase the emergency liquidity assistance, banks can draw on from the country’s central bank or not. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The Greek monetary crisis has been all over the news this past week, but as anyone who knows how to interpret the data can clearly see, Greece is just the tip of the iceberg. The fact is, there’s no predicting what’s in store for the global economy or how current and future financial upheavals will impact the U.S. dollar.

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The U.S. went off the gold standard in 1971. Now, instead of having a real, gold-backed currency, we borrow money from China and other countries. Fact: As of April 2015, China owned more than $1 trillion in U.S. T-bills. China loans us the money we need to keep our economy afloat. The result? An astronomical national debt that threatens to wipe out the life savings of millions of Americans. And there’s no end in sight.

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Investors have continued feeding their voracious appetite for American Silver Eagles.  According to the United States Mint, sales of the American Silver Eagle currently hold at 4,760,500 year to date.  How does that affect the market?

So What’s in the price of a Silver American Eagle?

At Lexi Capital we receive numerous calls inquiring about Silver American Eagles and their purchase price.  The biggest question, “If silver is $18 at the spot price, why are Silver American Eagles $21, $22 or even $23?”  This is a great question for the first time investor to understand the basic nature of a precious metals investment.  Consider a similar example of a baker.  Did you know that if you were to purchase flour, eggs and sugar in bulk you could essentially buy your baked goods ingredients at “spot price”.  However, as you are purchasing that pastry from the bakery, you are paying for a finished baked good.  Think of the Silver American Eagle as a finished pastry.  The wholesale “ingredient” costs of a Silver American Eagle includes the 1 ounce of silver ($18), the cost of turning the silver rock into a silver coin ($2), marketing, a supply/demand premium and a dealer profit.  The only real variable in the equation is the dealer profit markup which even on the high end is only about 3-6%.

What is a supply/demand premium?

At Lexi Capital, we explain to perspective buyers that the cost of a coin can often spike beyond an average market price due to supply and demand.  For instance, when demand for a Silver Eagle outstrips supply its not unusual to see a $1-$3 premium on that coin for both the ask/bid price.  This represents a real opportunity in the market place for experienced precious metals investors.  These types of spikes can last 1-2 weeks and generally occur a couple of times a year and without warning.

General Cost of a Silver American Eagle with spot Silver at $18:

Spot Silver = $18 Coin Production = $1-2 Government Marketing & Profits = $1-$2 Dealer Markups = $1-2 TOTAL = $21-$24. 

At Lexi Capital we offer a variety of silver products including Silver American Eagles.  Please call today to hear about our silver product specials and incentives.



Silver bears with long shorts on the precious metal are clearly ignoring the retail market demand in the United States. With 2014 serving as one of the U.S. Mint’s all time highest sales tally of Silver American Eagles, the first day of silver trading in 2015 started off with nearly 3,000,000 coins sold.

First-day sales of 2015-dated American Silver Eagle bullion coins hit 2,958,000, figures from the U.S. Mint show. As was the case in December when its supply of 2014-dated Silver Eagles sold out, the Mint is rationing how many they sell to maintain an inventory. And similar to a week ago when the agency released its 2015-dated gold bullion coins, Silver Eagle starting sales are already higher than those from December. Introduced in 1986, the series monthly sales record happened in January 2013 at 7,498,000 coins. Sales in January 2014 ended at 4,775,000 coins.

Will 2015 serve as another record year for sales?  With silver trading at or near production costs retail buyers are snapping up large quantities of the silver metal in an effort to get ahead of the next market correction or for a long term buy and hold play.  What are your thoughts on the silver market?

Whoever predicted that gold and silver would go slowly into the night based on recent price corrections forgot to pass that message along to both US and international precious metals buyers.  According to, sales of gold and silver bullion have surged.  In fact most retailers have increased premiums on the sales of their popular metals all while spot prices have slimmed.

US Mint Bullion Coin Sales in October

U.S. Mint bullion sales are yet to close officially for October, though they are not expected to change. will publish a more detailed analysis later, but in summary:

American Eagle gold coins rallied 67,500 ounces in October after sales of 58,000 ounces in September. The monthly amount is the second highest this year, behind sales of 91,500 ounces in January when the 2014-dated versions debuted. 2014 sales now total 446,500 ounces, still well below the 752,500 ounces sold during the first ten months of 2013. 2014 American Eagle silver coins shot up 5,790,000 in October after the prior month’s pick up of 4,140,000. The amount is the most for a month this year, though sales in January were allocated which held its total down. Silver Eagle sales for the year to date are at 38,041,000, the second quickest pace in the coin’s 29-year history. Silver Eagle sales in record year 2013 hit 39,175,000 through October 2013. American Buffalo gold coins surged 21,000 in October after rising 14,500 in September. The monthly total was the most since the January tally of 41,500. 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins added 5,100 in October after rising 9,800 in September. No new releases debuted this month. The Everglades National Park five-ounce silver coin launches on Monday, Nov. 3. American Platinum Eagle coins rose 400 in October following an increase of 2,700 in September. Sales this month were stunted since the Mint stopped selling the coin on Oct. 1. Sales for 2014 ended at 16,700 coins. The Mint will begin selling 2015-dated Platinum Eagles in early January.

Below is a sales breakdown of U.S. Mint bullion products with columns listing the number of bullion coins sold on Friday, last week, this week, last month, in October, and the year to date.

American Eagle and Buffalo Bullion Sales (# of coins) Friday Sales Last Week Current Week September Sales October Sales YTD Sales $100 American Platinum Eagle Bullion Coins N/A 2,700 400 16,700 $50 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins 7,000 11,500 11,000 50,500 57,500 353,500 $25 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins 0 1,000 0 6,000 6,000 38,000 $10 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins 0 0 0 8,000 8,000 100,000 $5 American Eagle Bullion Gold Coins 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 50,000 490,000 $50 American Buffalo Bullion Gold Coins 0 3,500 500 14,500 21,000 160,500 $1 American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins 1,425,000 840,000 1,850,000 4,140,000 5,790,000 38,041,000 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins 0 0 0 3,500 0 33,000 Shenandoah National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins 500 400 500 1,000 900 22,400 Arches National Park 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins 0 0 0 800 0 22,000 Great Sand Dunes 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins 0 1,400 0 4,500 4,200 16,200