Increased demand from the U.S. Mint for 1-ounce silver American Eagle
bullion coins has interrupted production of 2015-dated coins.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White did not disclose how many
2015-dated silver American Eagle bullion coins were struck at the West
Point Mint before production was halted to refocus on 2014-dated
coins to meet investment demand.
Despite the interruption, White said, the U.S. Mint anticipates
offering the 2015-dated coins within the first two weeks of the new
Specific dates have not yet been released for the introduction of
2015-dated silver, gold and platinum American Eagles bullion coins.
White said the San Francisco Mint added 5.8 million 2014-dated
silver Eagle bullion coins to the Mint's inventory in May to augment
the stockpile of silver Eagles being struck at West Point Mint during
the summer months. The strategy was to have sufficient 2014-dated
coins on hand to fill orders from authorized purchasers, so that
production could be shifted to 2015-dated coins.
"The planning for this inventory was based on historical levels
of previous years’ demand and was deemed sufficient to satisfy
anticipated demand for several weeks," White said. "This
allowed West Point to begin minting 2015 coins for a short period of
time. Actual demand, however, was significantly higher than
anticipated, requiring West Point to re-focus production on 2014 coins."
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