The United States Mint began accepting orders from authorized purchasers for 2013-dated American Gold Eagle bullion coins on January 2, 2013. Opening day orders consisted of 40,000 one ounce coins, 5,000 one-half ounce coins, 10,000 one-quarter ounce coins, and 50,000 one-tenth ounce coins, accounting for 50,000 troy ounces of gold bullion.
This represents a stronger start for the 2013 Gold Eagles compared to the prior year. On the opening day of availability for 2012-dated coins, authorized purchasers had placed orders accounting for 37,500 troy ounces. For the entire month of January 2012, Gold Eagle sales had reached 127,000 troy ounces.
The American Gold Eagle is struck in 22 karat gold and contains its stated weight in pure gold. The design features the obverse from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ $20 gold piece minted from 1907 to 1933 and a depiction of a family of eagles designed by Miley Busiek on the reverse. Along with the American Silver Eagle, the bullion coins have been issued annually from 1986 to present.
The United States Mint will begin accepting orders from authorized purchasers for the 2013-dated Silver Eagle bullion coins next week on January 7, 2013. Initial demand will likely be strong since authorized purchasers have been unable to order the coins for three weeks, following the unexpected sell out of the 2012-dated coins.
Last year, opening day orders for Silver Eagles measured 3,197,000 troy ounces.