Sales of American Eagle silver bullion coins by the U.S. Mint on Nov.
30 helped the bureau establish a new record, with two and a half weeks
worth of sales remaining to add to the count.
The sale Nov. 30 of 737,000 coins out of 920,500 allocated to
authorized purchasers for the week beginning Nov. 30 raised cumulative 2015 sales totals to 44,666,500, or
660,500 coins beyond the record 44,006,000 set for calendar year 2014.
The authorized purchasers' Nov. 30 sales left 183,500 coins to fill
orders for the remainder of the week ending Dec. 4.
U.S. Mint officials notified authorized purchasers Nov. 24 that the
West Point Mint would continue to strike 2015 American Eagle 1-ounce
.999 fine silver bullion coins through Dec. 7, with Dec. 14 likely
being the last allocation date.
The U.S. Mint expects to begin taking orders for 2016 American Eagle
silver bullion coins beginning Jan. 11.
January is the highest sales month for calendar-year 2015, with 5.53
million coins sold, followed by July with 5,529,000 coins. Additional
monthly sales totals likely could have surpassed those two highs had
sales not been under weekly restrictions because of the Mint's
difficulty in acquiring sufficient planchets on which to strike the
The American Eagle silver bullion coins are not sold directly to the
public. Instead, the coins are sold to a network of authorized
purchasers who offer a two-way market for the coins. Orders are placed
based on the closing London PM spot price per troy ounce plus a $2
premium per coin. The coins are then sold at a mark-up to other
dealers, collectors and investors.
Sales of the American Eagle silver bullion coins to the authorized
purchasers have been on weekly allocation for most of 2015 because of