Sales of American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins by the U.S.
Mint are on track to surpass the 2010 sales record by 28.5 percent if
sales are maintained at current rates.
Through the first nine months of calendar year 2011, Mint sales of
American Eagle silver bullion coins to its authorized purchasers
reached 33,411,500 coins, a monthly average of more than 3.7 million
coins. Maintaining that monthly average would push the calendar year
total to nearly 44.55 million coins.
The 2010 sales total — the current record — reached 34,662,500 coins.
Sales in September 2011 reached 4,000,500 coins, 8.7 percent
higher than in August.
The highest monthly sales total in 2011, and also the record since
American Eagle silver bullion coins sales were inaugurated in November
1986, is 6,422,000 coins, registered in January 2011.
The fineness of the silver coins is .999.
Another 787,000 silver bullion coins sold through Oct. 5 pushes
the calendar year 2011 total to 34,198,500 coins.
American Eagle gold sales
The total number of ounces of American Eagle gold bullion coins
sold through Sept. 30 surpassed the U.S. Mint’s sales total for all of
2010, although September 2011 sales fell from August figures.
Sales through Sept. 30 reached 1.23 million.
During 2010, 1,220,500 ounces of American Eagle gold bullion coins
Nearly 61.5 percent of the 2011 total gold sales constitute
September’s sales total of 86,500 ounces was almost 22.8 percent
below August’s levels.
Another 8,500 ounces were sold during the first five days of October.
The fineness of the gold American Eagle bullion coins is .9167.
Still no platinum sales
The U.S. Mint has offered no indication when, or if, it will
resume production and sales of American Eagle .9995 platinum bullion
coins in any of the four sizes produced and sold in the past.
The last time the West Point Mint in New York struck platinum
American Eagles for sale to authorized purchasers was November 2008.
The only platinum American Eagles struck in 2009, 2010 and 2011
have been numismatic versions in Proof.
American Buffalo gold
So far, sales of American Buffalo 1-ounce .9999 fine gold $50
bullion coins in 2011 are lagging behind 2010 levels even though the
coin has been available for a longer period this year than in 2010.
During 2011, sales of the American Buffalo gold bullion coin were
registered from March through Sept. 30, totaling 132,500 ounces
(coins). In 2010, the coin was offered only from April through
September, with total sales reaching 209,000 ounces. ■