Silver bullion coin demand has quadrupled in since 2007, says the U.S. Mint
Washington (Feb 6) Silver bullion coin demand quadrupled between 2007 and 2013 the U.S. Mint noted in an eye-opening report this week explaining its silver “allocations” to authorized purchasers.
Here’s the table from the U.S. Mint:
United States Mint
American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin Sales
CY 2007 – CY 2013
AE Silver Ounces Ordered
The Mint said there is plenty of raw silver material available for purchase in the open market. However, periodic shortages of the blanks used for coin production do develop.
It attempts to manage its supplies in a “manner that ensures we have a sufficient number of coins to meet the weekly demand of our authorized purchasers,” it said. “When that demand exceeds our ability to acquire a sufficient number of blanks, we then go on allocation until our inventories can be rebuilt again and the supply of blanks increased so that time spent on allocation is minimized.”
Silver futures prices settled at $19.93 an ounce on Comex Thursday. They’re up about 59% from the $12.56 level at the start of 2007.
(Source: US Mint)