2013 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins Log 2nd Best June Sales

July 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Sales of 2013 American Silver Eagles bullion coins continued in high amounts last month even as silver prices dropped to levels not seen since 2010. Demand continues to drive sales at a record annual pace.

Stacks of American Silver Eagles bullion coins

Silver Eagles notched their second best June. Their sales pace remains on track for a new annual record

The United States Mint indicates total sales of the .999 fine bullion Silver Eagles reached 3,275,000 in June, an often seasonally-challenged month. Those sales were recorded as the London Fix for silver fell as low as $18.61.

At 3,275,000, June 2013 established itself as second best June and the seventeenth best month ever for the American Silver Eagle series that debuted in 1986. The top 20 months for the program are shown in the chart below:

Top 15 Sales Months for American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins

Rank Month Sales
1 January 2013 7,498,000
2 January 2011 6,422,000
3 January 2012 6,107,000
4 September 2011 4,460,500
5 November 2010 4,260,000
6 April 2013 4,087,000
7 December 1986 3,696,000
8 August 2011 3,679,500
9 May 2011 3,653,500
10 May 2010 3,636,500
11 January 2010 3,592,500
12 May 2013 3,458,500
13 June 2011 3,402,000
14 March 2010 3,381,000
15 February 2013 3,368,500
16 March 2013 3,356,500
17 June 2013 3,275,000
18 September 2012 3,255,000
19 February 2011 3,240,000
20 November 2012 3,159,500


June sales were actually down from May by 183,500. This equates to a 5.3% decline which follows a 15.4% drop seen from the number recorded in April. Despite these declines, 2013 easily remains on track for a record holder in its own right.

All six months of 2013 rank in the top-twenty for monthly Silver Eagle sales. These levels are getting set in spite of a rationing program, as established by the Mint in January. Though the first half of 2013, a whopping 25,043,500 have sold. If the sales pace continues, 2013 will go down in the record books as the best year ever for silver coins. That title is currently held by 2011 in which 39,868,500 were ordered. That year, it took until July 29, 2011 for the coins to reach 25 million.

Even if the total does not reach first place in the remaining six months, this year has already attained a top-level status. It currently stands as the fifth best ever year for the program.

Top 5 Annual Sales Years for American Silver Eagles

Rank Year Annual Sales
1 2011 39,868,500
2 2010 34,662,500
3 2012 33,742,500
4 2009 28,766,500
5 2013 25,043,500*


*Sales are only for January through June 2013

Sales of America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Coins

America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Bullion Coins also had a good month with sales of 25,300 coins for 126,500 ounces.

In addition to demand for silver coins in general, numismatic interest in new releases also drove part of the purchases for the America the Beautiful coins. The coin depicting Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial of Ohio made its debut on June 3, 2013 and the Great Basin National Park of Nevada coin launched on June 24, 2013.

June sales for the available silver coins along with the total number sold are:

  • White Mountain America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins — 1,200 (27,000 total sold since released on March 13)
  • Perry’s Victory America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins — 14,200
  • Great Basin America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins — 9,900

Two more America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Coins are scheduled to appear later this year. The one honoring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine of Maryland is scheduled for August and one depicting Mount Rushmore National Memorial of South Dakota is set for release in November.

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