Today’s AM fix was USD 1,368.25, EUR 1,042.24 and GBP 877.87 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,391.75, EUR 1,054.60 and GBP 891.06 per ounce.
Gold fell $25.20 or 1.81% yesterday, closing at $1,368.70/oz. Silver slid $0.32 or 1.36%, closing at $23.21.
Gold traded near its two-week low in London, on track for its first consecutive weekly drop since July, as investors await the U.S. employment data (12:30GMT) that will foreshadow the U.S. Fed’s imminent decision on tapering. Yesterday, The Bank of England and European Central Bank kept their policies unchanged. Last night, the Bank of Japan did the same in line with expectations. The G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg of political and finance ministers began yesterday and has already created clashes amongst superpowers regarding the U.S. military strikes planned against Syria.
U.S. Mint gold and silver eagles sales fell sharply in August but it is important to note that demand for the entire year is set to be close to or at a new record and the fall comes after the huge record demand seen in recent months.
The U.S. Mint’s sales of silver coins are heading for a record again this year, with sales of 33 million ounces (1,026 tonnes) to late August already matching the level of the whole of 2012.
Many other mints including the Perth Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Austrian Mint have also seen a fall in sales recently but are set for record or near record sales again this year.
The Royal Canadian Mint has just this week reported a surge in revenue and profitability for the second quarter of 2013. Revenue increased by 93.8% to $1.05 billion, while profit increased 93.0% to $11.0 million. This represented the first time in the Mint's history that quarterly revenue exceeded $1 billion. The strong results were driven by a sharp increase in bullion demand.
“This unprecedented result was due to the soaring demand for the Mint’s world-renowned gold and silver maple leaf bullion coins and sustained popularity of our expertly handcrafted numismatic products,” said mint president and CEO, Ian E. Bennett.
There was a 144% jump in gold maple leaf sales over the same period last year and a 60% surge in the the sale of Silver Maple Leaf coins to 6.4 million ounces from 4.0 million.
Silver Maple sales look like they may reach 24 million oz in 2013 which will beat the sales of 18.1 million in 2012 and possibly the 23.1 million record seen in 2011.
If one combines, Silver Maple and Silver Eagle sales, they look like they may be more than 68 million oz in 2013.
This demand from retail and high net worth store of wealth buyers, from just two mints, represents more than 10% of total world silver production of 787 million ounces in 2012.
Adding the sales of commemorative silver coins as well as sales from the other official mints, total figures for 2013 will more than likely top 2011's total of 118.2 million oz (2013 World Silver Survey).