Silver was the winner among precious metals coin sales at the U.S. Mint this past week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of interest in gold and platinum.
The Mint’s lone platinum product ��� a 2011-W 1 ounce proof Eagle – raked in 277 sales. Gold had its fans among bullion and eagle purchasers, even as the price of gold climbed close to $50 an once and silver moved almost $2 an ounce higher.
The first commemorative coins of 2012 continue to garner interest. Sales of the Infantry $1 proof were up almost 11,500, almost double the sales for the uncirculated coin.
The Defenders of Freedom set has sold almost half of its maximum mintage of 50,000. The set is comprised of a proof Infantry silver dollar that is housed in a custom folder with a replica dog tag on a miniature chain. Overall, only 350,000 of the silver dollars will be produced, including those needed for the sets.
But not everything silver shines in the eyes of the public. Sales of America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver coins continue to lag. There are still plenty of the 2011 collector coins available.