With four weeks of sales remaining in calendar year 2013, the U.S.
Mint’s sales of American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins
established a new record Nov. 12.
Sales of the .999 fine silver bullion coins totaled 40,175,000 as
of Nov. 12. Purchases by the United States Mint’s authorized
purchasers of the maximum weekly combined allocation of 500,000 coins
established the record. The total eclipses the previous annual sales
record of 39,868,500 coins set for all of calendar year 2011.
The record mintage for the American Eagle silver bullion coin is
40,020,000 pieces, for the 2011 coin. Sales figures should not be
confused with mintage figures; some of the 2011 coins presumably were
delivered in 2012, and thus are recorded in the 2012 sales total, not
the 2011 sales total.
Similarly, the 2013 sales total should not be confused with a
mintage total. The sales figure could include left-over 2012 coins
delivered in early 2013.
U.S. Mint officials announced Nov. 6 that the Mint would issue its
last weekly allocation of 2013 American Eagle silver bullion coins on
Dec. 9. The authorized purchasers will be unable to place orders for
the silver bullion coins for a little more than a month. Placement of
orders for 2014 coins is not scheduled to begin until Jan. 14,
according to the Mint’s Nov. 6 announcement.
The Mint’s authorized purchasers sell the coins to dealers, other
retailers and to the public. For additional comparative sales figures
for the program, visit www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/index.cfm?action=PreciousMetals&type=bullion.
The American Eagle silver bullion coin program began in 1986. ■