Sales of American Gold Eagle Coins Rebound in August.
Through August 2016, American Gold Eagle Sales Are Up 15% Over Same Time Period Last Year.
After a 378% increase in sales of one ounce American Gold Eagle coins (AGEs) in May year over year and elevated sales in June, sales of American Gold Eagles took a breather in July. Sales of American Gold Eagles came roaring back in August with a 67% increase over July. Sales of one ounce American Gold Eagle coins were 50,000.
Total Coins Sold Attributable to American Gold Eagles Were 117,000 Coins in August 2016
In August 2016, the U.S. Mint also sold 60,000 one tenth ounce AGEs; 4,000 one quarter ounce AGEs, and 3,000 one half ounce AGEs. Together with the 50,000 one ounce American Gold Eagles sold in August, the U.S. Mint sold a total of 117,000 American Gold Eagle coins in various denominations representing 58,500 ounces of gold. In Julye 2016, the U.S. Mint sold a total of 38,500 ounces of gold in the form of American Gold Eagle coins.
The U.S Mint also sells gold in the form of one ounce American Gold Buffalo coins.
Sales of American Gold Eagles soared in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but have fallen off in recent years as the U.S. Mint began to selling record amounts of American Silver Eagles the past three years. The trend of declining American Gold Eagle sales reversed in the second half of 2015, while sales of American Silver Eagles continue to sell at record levels. Sales of American Gold Eagle coins in 2016 are on track for their best year since 2013.
August Sales of One ounce American Gold Eagle Coins 2007 – 2016
Sales of American Gold Eagle coins in August 2016 were the ninth best August sales total.
Increased Interest in Gold in 2016
An increased interest in gold in 2016 has made gold one of the best performing financial assets through June 2016. While U.S. Mint gold sales have increased year over year, they are far from the manic sales of 1998-1999 and 2009 and 2010 when well over a million one ounce American Gold Eagle coins were sold each year. U.S. gold investment has increasingly taken the form of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) or other non-physical gold products. In eastern countries like China, India and Russia, increased gold demand has been in the form of physical gold bullion, due in part to lack of trust in financially traded investment vehicles.
Sales of one ounce American Gold Eagle Coins 1986-2016
Sales of American Gold Eagle coins in 2016 are on pace for their best year since 2013.
One Ounce American Gold Eagle 2016 Sales Projection
As of the end of August 2016, U.S. Mint has sold 486,000 one ounce American Gold Eagle coins in 2016, up from 421,000, or 15% sold from January – August 2015.
If sales of one ounce American Gold Eagle sales average 60,750 a month (486,000 one ounce gold eagles sold through August, divided by eight), sales will be about 730,000 one ounce AGE’s in 2016 or about 16% higher than the 626,500 one ounce AGEs sold in 2016
About the American Gold Eagle coin: The obverse of an American Gold Eagle coin boasts the same design as the obverse of the “Saint Gaudens” U.S. $20 gold piece, or “double eagle” that was minted from 1907 – 1933. The front of a Saint Gaudens and American Gold Eagle coin features a walking lady liberty depiction designed by famed sculptor Augustus Saint- Gaudens.
American Gold Eagle sales data from USMINT.GOV