Last year’s surge in demand for investment gold and silver continued into January if sales at the US Mint are any indication.
American Gold Eagle bullion coin sales were up 455% in 2020 and the selling continued through the first month of 2021. The mint called the current market demand for precious metals coins “exceptional.”
With all of the economic chaos and uncertainty spurred by the government lockdowns in response to coronavirus, the demand for physical gold and physical silver has skyrocketed. That has put a significant squeeze on the supply of gold bullion products.
That squeeze is about to get tighter.
Investors are gobbling up American Silver Eagle coins. Sales were so brisk last week that the US Mint temporarily suspended orders when its inventory ran out.
February sales this year have already doubled 2018 levels. As of Feb. 26. the mint had sold 2,157,500 Silver Eagles this month. That compares with 942,500 coins in February 2018. This represents a whopping 118% year-on-year sales increase.