The United States Mint’s American Silver Eagle bullion coins experienced a strong start this year, with the first month’s sales exceeding the levels from the year ago period. American Gold Eagle and American Gold Buffalo bullion sales both measured declines.
The US Mint began accepting orders from authorized purchasers for the 2015-dated Silver Eagle bullion coins on January 12, 2015. The sales were subject to the Mint’s standard allocation program, which rations the available supplies amongst authorized purchasers. Opening day sales had reached 2,958,000 pieces. By the end of the month, the total sales reached 5,530,000 pieces.
In the prior year, opening day Silver Eagle sales on January 13, 2014 had reached 3,180,500 pieces. For the full month of January 2014, sales had reached 4,775,000 pieces.
Orders for the 2015-dated Gold Eagle bullion coins opened on January 5, 2015. For the full month, sales reached 81,000 ounces. This was divided amongst 51,500 one ounce coins, 18,000 half ounce coins, 36,000 quarter ounce coins, and 115,000 tenth ounce coins.
In the prior year, Gold Eagle sales for January 2014 had reached 91,500 ounces.
Sales of the one ounce 2015-dated Gold Buffalo bullion coins also opened on January 5, 2015. For the full month sales have reached 34,500 ounces.
Once again, prior year sales were higher. In January 2014, Gold Buffalo sales had reached 41,500 ounces.