Today, January 13, 2014, the United States Mint began accepting orders from authorized purchasers for the 2014-dated American Silver Eagle bullion coins. First day sales reached 3,180,500 coins from the weekly allocation of 3,575,000 coins.
This year’s opening day sales came in lower than the prior year, when authorized purchasers had ordered 3,937,000 coins on the first day of availability, representing what seemed to be the highest ever one-day sales for the program.
In other recent years, first day sales totals had reached 3,197,000 for 2012-dated coins, 2,085,000 for 2011 coins, and 2,440,000 for 2010 coins.
Ahead of the start of sales for the 2014 Silver Eagles, the US Mint had informed authorized purchasers that approximately 3.5 million coins would be available for allocation on January 13. Further information had indicated that allocated quantities for the following week would be much lower.
The US Mint has been striking the bullion coins at both the West Point and San Francisco Mint facilities, although final fulfillment for all coins takes place at West Point.
Sales of 2014-dated coins for the US Mint’s gold bullion programs started earlier this month on January 2, 2014. Through January 13, American Gold Eagle bullion sales have reached 63,000 ounces and American Gold Buffalo bullion sales have reached 32,500 ounces.