U.S. Mint Runs Out of Gold Bullion Coins
We already knew from numerous previous reports that demand for physical gold and silver has soared since the early April precious metals crash. Further confirmation of vanishing physical gold and silver inventory was provided today by the Untied States Mint. Authorized purchasers of gold and silver bullion coins were informed by the U.S. Mint that sales of the one-tenth ounce American Eagle bullion coin would be immediately suspended due to depleted inventories of the coin.
As short term paper speculators run from the precious metals markets, long term investors have been lining up around the block to buy physical gold and silver. Numerous coin and bullion dealers have reported growing shortages of gold and silver and premiums have expanded as demand overwhelms supply.
Based on mid month sales reports for the American Eagle gold bullion coins, it looked like monthly sales would exceed 167,000 ounces, the highest since December 2009 when the financial system was still in a meltdown. As of today, U.S. Mint sales of gold bullion coins has reached 183,500 ounces, an astonishing increase of 818% over the prior year's monthly sales of 20,000 ounces. April sales to date have increased by 196% over March sales. For all of 2012, average monthly sales of the American Eagle gold bullion coin were 62,750 ounces. Gold bullion coin sales by the U.S. Mint are shown below; figures for 2013 are through April 23rd.
|Gold Bullion U.S. Mint Sales Since 2000|
|Year||Total Ounces Sold|
Sales of the American Eagle silver bullion coins, which had already been selling briskly before the April silver smash-down, continue to sell at a rapid pace. Total monthly sales as of April 23rd have reached 3,232,000 ounces, almost as much as the previous month's total and 112.6% higher than the comparable month of 2012.
The steep correction in gold and silver prices that occurred in early April has certainly not disturbed the fundamental long term reasons for buying precious metals. Expect the buying stampede to continue.