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Mint Stats: Proof gold jumps for holiday

The week with Christmas in it seems to have some interesting impacts on demand for U.S. Mint products. As might be expected, the holiday can explain a general slowing down in the sales of various Mint products.

Perhaps unexpected was a fairly substantial increase in the sales of the proof 2011 quarter-ounce gold American Eagle. Sales jumped by 2,116 to reach 10,381. That is an increase of 25 percent in the total number sold in just one week, and a holiday-shortened one at that.

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The four-coin set saw a healthy increase of 1,300 to reach 16,202. The proof half ounce increased by 469 to reach 6,823 and the tenth ounce rose by 205 to stand at 18,828.

Asterisks were put on all of the commemorative coin sales numbers. The Mint did not adjust the figures from last week.

Bullion coin sales were almost nonexistent. Buffalo gold ounces rose by 24,000, no gold Eagles sold and the silver Eagle sales figure rose by just 100,000.

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