Supplies of 2015 gold American Eagle bullion coins are beginning to run out at the U.S. Mint.
On Nov. 13, the quarter-ounce size was gone, according to a Mint announcement.
By Nov. 17, the tenth-ounce had also gone off sale to the Mint network of Authorized Purchasers.
Still available was the one-ounce and the half-ounce gold Eagle bullion coins as well as the one-ounce Buffalo gold bullion coin.
Demand has been strong for gold Eagles in 2015. During some years, supplies are carried over into the following year. That does not look like it will be the case this year as the Mint begins production of 2016 bullion coins.
Gold Eagle sales have been very strong in 2015 compared to 2014.
The number of ounces sold has risen by 47 percent from 524,500 to 771,000.
The quantity of quarter-ounce Eagle coins sold this year is up by 34 percent.
For the one-ounce piece, the number of coins is up by 43 percent, from 416,500 to 597,500.
For the half ounce, the increase is 57 percent, up from 46,000 pieces to 68,000.
The surprise within gold’s overall strength is the tenth ounce.
It has experienced the biggest pop.
It is up 73 percent from 565,000 to 980,000 coins.
These tenth-ounce coins are often used as jewelry, but they are also favored by mass marketers urging readers and viewers to purchase them as their first gold investment.
Clearly, gold has had a good year in terms of Eagle coins sold. (The increase for Buffalo pieces is just about 12 percent from 177,500 to 198,000.)
See the Mint Statistics pages for the latest sales updates.