sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins by the U.S. Mint are 11.5
percent below the same period in 2014.
U.S. Mint website
reports that for 2015, during the month of January, 81,000 ounces of
American Eagle .9167 fine gold bullion coins were sold — 51,500 ounces
in 1-ounce $50 face value coins; 9,000 ounces in $25 face value
half-ounce gold coins; 9,000 ounces in $10 quarter-ounce gold coins;
and 11,500 ounces in tenth-ounce $5 face value gold coins.
monthly total is 10,500 ounces less than what the U.S. Mint recorded
selling in January 2014. In January 2014, the Mint sold 91,500 ounces
of American Eagle gold bullion coins — 62,500 ounces in 1-ounce coins;
6,000 ounces in half-ounce gold coins; 7,000 ounces in quarter-ounce
gold coins; and 16,000 ounces in tenth-ounce gold coins.
American Eagle bullion coins are struck at the West Point Mint, but without the production
facility's W Mint mark.
American Eagle bullion coins are sold to a network of authorized purchasers, rather than directly to
the public. These authorized purchasers offer a two-way market for the
coins. They acquire the coins from the U.S. Mint for the closing
London PM price per troy ounce for the respective precious metal plus a small premium. The coins are further
marked up in successive sales to collectors, investors and other dealers.
While primarily sold as an investment vehicle, American Eagle
bullion coins are also sought by collectors assembling collections by date.
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