American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales Retreat in April 2012

Continuing a trend that began late last year, April sales of American Silver Eagle bullion coins maintained a roller coaster pattern, falling for the month after rebounding in the previous one.

2012 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin

Demand fell last month for 2012 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins

According to the latest published data, United States Mint authorized purchasers ordered 1,520,000 Silver Eagles last month. The amount is 40.2% lower than the March tally of 2,542,000 and down 46.1% from April of 2011.

A last day pick-up of 200,000 actually prevented the .999 fine silver coins from registering their smallest monthly total since July 2008.

Before casting the month as completely down and out for the American Silver Eagle, it was the fifth best ever April for the series which dates back to 1986. Also, demand for bullion coins around this time of year is generally weaker than earlier and later months.

The following monthly totals show how the silver coins have performed over the past year.

Recent American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin Sales

Month & Year Sales Total
April 2012 1,520,000
March 2012 2,542,000
February 2012 1,490,000
January 2012 6,107,000
December 2011 2,009,000
November 2011 1,384,000
October 2011 3,064,000
September 2011 4,460,500
August 2011 3,679,500
July 2011 2,968,000
June 2011 3,402,000
May 2011 3,653,500
April 2011 2,819,000


As for better performing April months previously mentioned, they include the one in:

  • 2011 at 2,819,000;
  • 2009 at 2,518,000;
  • 2010 at 2,507,500; and
  • 2008 at 1,584,000

Year-to-date sales of American Silver Eagle bullion coins have reached 11,659,000. The four-month total represents the second best start for a year and is only behind the 15,248,000 sold through the first four months of 2011.

America the Beautiful 5 Oz Silver Bullion Coins in April

Other silver bullion products from the United States Mint include the America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Bullion Coin. Sales were up a modest 200 last month, which is the weakest monthly total so far this year. Currently, the U.S. Mint is offering the following 2011-dated five ounce silver bullion coins:

  • Olympic National Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin — at 85,100
  • Vicksburg National Military Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin — at 38,300
  • Chickasaw Park 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin — at 28,900

It was the Chickasaw bullion coin that saw the 200 growth last month.

Check out this article to read about sales of American Gold Eagle and American Gold Buffalo bullion coins.

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