US Mint Bullion Coin Sales: 2009 Buffalo Gold at 145,500

US Mint bullion gold coin sales have been on a run of sorts, following record-setting gold prices -- the yellow metal reached its latest all-time high of $1,153.40 an ounce on Tuesday.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin
American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin


The US Mint sold 13,500 of their 2009 American Buffalo Gold bullion coins to authorized dealers during the last seven days. 11,000 went the week prior. With the latest addition, their November total now stands at 29,000 and the year-to-date figure is at 145,500. And the year has been short for the coins, as the 2009 Buffalos were only released Oct. 15. At the current pace, they will surpass the 2008 sales of 172,000 in two weeks.

The one-ounce 2009 American Gold eagle bullion coins are even hotter. 41,500 were sold in the last seven days compared to the previous 30,000, which was more than double the prior figure. 74,500 have been purchased in November -- historically one of the better months of the year for bullion coins. The gold eagles finished last month with sales of 115,500, making October the 5th best ever for the series. Their year-to-date tally is 1,144,000.

2009 American Silver Eagles topped 25 million this week. (2009 has already been crowned the top-selling silver eagle year of all-time, and that was back in early October.) Their seven-day numbers rose by 750,000. That is actually down from the prior 850,000. However, with silver hitting a more than a one-year high on Tuesday, there seems a good chance for sales to pick up, and soon.

For reference, here are the US Mint bullion sales figures by month:

US Mint 2009 Bullion Coin Sales

  Silver Eagles Gold Buffalos Gold Eagles
January 1,900,000 0 92,000
February 2,125,000 0 113,500
March 3,132,000 0 136,500
April 2,518,000 0 147,500
May 1,904,000 0 65,000
June 2,245,000 0 116,000
July 2,810,000 0 86,000
August 2,130,000 0 82,000
September 1,703,000 0 115,500
October 2,939,000 116,500 115,500
November 1,600,000 29,000 74,500
Total* 25,006,500 145,500 1,144,000


*As of Nov. 19, early morning.

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