Silver-coin demand has been strong in 2013, and the U.S. Mint said this year could be a record setter for sales of its American Eagle silver bullion coins.
Dick Peterson, acting director of the U.S. Mint, said demand for the Mint’s one-ounce American Eagle silver bullion coins is “brisk” and so far 2013 sales are currently up 47% compared to the same time last year.
“We sold a total of 39,868,500 American Eagle silver bullion coins in 2011. That was our record for a single calendar year. Year to date, we have accepted orders for a total of 31,046,000 ounces (pieces) of American Eagle silver bullion coins,” he told Kitco News, citing sales data as of late last week. “If present demand continues and our weekly allocations of between 800,000 to 900,000 coins remains constant, we’ll set a new record for sales in 2013.”