It is mid-December as this is being written, and it’s clear that U.S. Mint product sales are making a slow march to the close of the year.
The Mint issued its final 2021 coin on Nov. 8, the American Innovation dollar reverse proof set, and things have remained fairly quiet since then.
There are noticeable upticks in the Mint’s seasonal offerings – the U.S. Mint Ornament and the Mighty Minters Ornament are getting attention from buyers for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 issues.
While collector coin sales are relatively uneventful, we can turn our attention to bullion coins, which have December numbers posted through the 15th of the month. Gold Buffaloes are on the board with 10,500, bringing the year-to-date total to 350,500.
For gold bullion American Eagles, the 1-ounce version has 41,000 so far for the month, while the 1/2-ounce has 1,000 and the 1/4-ounce has 2,000. Nothing for 1/10-ounce. Combining all size options, 44,000 gold Eagles have been sold so far in December, bringing their year-to-date total to 1,862,500.
As for silver bullion, no December numbers have been posted for the 1-ounce Eagle. Its year-to-date total stands at 28,275,500.
We will be keeping an eye on these numbers in the final days of 2021.