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U.S. Mint Raises Premium on American Silver Eagles

Higher Production Costs Force American Siver Eagles Higher

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted October 4, 2010

The U.S. Mint has increased the premium charged for American Silver Eagle bullion coins from $1.50 to $2.00 per coin due to higher production costs.

The Mint does not sell American Silver Eagles directly to the public, but distributes the coins through a network of Authorized Purchasers, who resell the coins to other bullion dealers, coin dealers, and the public.

The price for American Silver Eagles sold to Authorized Purchasers is determined based on silver content plus a premium.

The last time the Mint increased the premium for Silver Eagles was February 2009 when it was increased from $1.40 to $1.50 per coin. Prior to that, premiums were raised in October 2008 from $1.25 per coin to $1.40 per coin.

The U.S. Mint's American Eagle series of bullion coins has become very popular over the past few years. Sales of the American Silver Eagle increased 191% between 2007 and last year.

*2010 estimate

Meanwhile, sales of the American Gold Eagle increased 616% over the same time; and sales of the American Platinum Eagle shot up a staggering 2,700% in just three months ending in October 2008, when the Mint ran out of platinum blanks to produce the coin.

The U.S. Mint still hasn't been able to keep up with the soaring demand for the American Platinum Eagle bullion coins. Over the summer, the Mint announced it would produce 10,000 American Platinum Eagles. When the Platinum Eagles were released in late August, they sold out in less than a week.

To help ease the buying pressure from the gold, silver, and platinum American Eagle bullion coins – and to support a major mining company in his home state – Montana-based Republican Denny Rehberg recently introduced new legislation that called for the production of a new American Palladium Eagle bullion coin.

I recently published a new report on this new American Palladium Eagle bullion coin and what it could mean for palladium prices and you as an investor. I called the report simply The New American Palladium Eagle Bullion Coin. You can read this free report now by clicking here or by copying and pasting the following link into your internet browsers address bar: http://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/the-new-american-palladium-eagle-bullion-coin/2749

Good Investing,

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