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Mint Sales Plunge Throughout 2017

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Published : January 02nd, 2018
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If one is interested in picking up some numismatic coins that have the potential to carry some heavy premiums in the years to come 2017 could be one the years to add to your stack. Not all coins produced during 2017 will command high premiums in the future, and maybe not a single one will, but if one looks through the offerings at the US Mint, Perth Mint and Royal Canadian Mint I know there will be some diamonds in the rough that should be outstanding additions to any stack and come with the added bonus of being a very low mintage coin!

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With the “big 3 Mint” numbers somewhat suffering, England’s Royal Mint does not report sales number, and some down right abysmal, a couple of the lower minted coins have already found their way into our vault with more to come within the next few weeks. Locating the lowest minted coins will be our focus as we comb the numbers of the individual coins.

The 2017 numbers are in: sales of precious metal bullion from the United States Mint are falling.

Sales of the American Gold Eagle, one of the world’s most popular gold bullion coins, were 300,500 ounces. This is a 10-year low.

The past year’s sales are consistent with average sales before the Financial Crisis and Great Recession. What is remarkable about these low numbers is their steepness, falling from an all-time high of 1.4 million ounces in 2009, and a 70% drop from 2016’s sales of 985,000 ounces.

Meanwhile, sales of American Eagle silver bullion coins (the world’s top seller) plummeted to 18 million ounces. That is still twice its average before the Financial Crisis and the Great Recession. Like its gold brethren, silver had a similar dramatic rise and fall. Soaring to record sales of 47 million ounces in 2015, they fell to 37.7 million in 2016 before tumbling to a ten year low in 2017.

And it’s not just the United States Mint. The Perth Mint, another large manufacturer of bullion coins, posted sales of 23,901 ounces of gold in November, down 46.4% from the previous month. And November’s lackluster numbers are down 56.3% year over year.

What gives? Several things.

Most of the buyers of government-made bullion coins are individual investors who want an alternative asset that hedges against any downturn in their portfolios of cash, stocks, and bonds. Because precious metals generally go up in value when currency goes down, bullion coins make a good insurance policy when the economy is forecast to be weak. But the global economy appears to be picking up steam at last after a slow recovery from the Financial Crisis and the Great Recession. In the United States, GDP growth is up, consumer confidence is at an all-time high, and unemployment is at record lows.

Accordingly, the need for precious metal bullion is less acute than it was five years ago.

Precious metals have also been trading in a fairly tight band in 2017. Gold fluctuated between $1,138 and $1,348 an ounce, silver between $15.50 and $18.50. Regardless of the state of the world, precious metals were trading relatively flat. Money can still be made but required a lot more work trading on the daily volatility, which is contrary to the practice of holding precious metals for the long term.

But the big news is the skyrocketing value of Bitcoin. Starting the year at $1,100, a single bitcoin climbed as high as $20,000 before correcting to $14,000 at the end of 2017. That is a stunning 1,800% return at its peak. Understandably, investors and speculators are abandoning precious metal bullion in favor of bitcoin in hopes of once-in-a-lifetime returns. Source

To begin looking for low minted coins at the US Mint Click HERE

To begin looking for low minted coins at the Perth Mint Click HERE

To begin looking for low minted coins at the Royal Canadian Mint Click HERE
hat tip / for the links to the mints

We love low mintage coins and the gamble that goes with it. We are not financial advisors, so we are not offering financial advice, we just like talking about what we are doing and trying to encourage others to review what is available. We love to gamble and some of our “bets” have already paid off handsomely. We  anticipate seeing others pay off in the future, but, you never know if the premium is going to come or not. If the premiums never show up we still have the bullion and that’s good enough for us!

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Rory Hall, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Coin, has written over 700 articles and produced more than 200 videos about the precious metals market, economic and monetary policies as well as geopolitical events since 1987. His articles have been published by Zerohedge, SHTFPlan, Sprott Money, GoldSilver and Silver Doctors, SGTReport, just to name a few. Rory has contributed daily to SGTReport since 2012. He has interviewed experts such as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Marc Faber, Eric Sprott, Gerald Celente and Peter Schiff, to name but a few.
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