Platinum vs. Gold Price

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Platinum Supply and Demand 2015

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1 Day Gold Platinum Ratio:

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Gold and Platinum Mining Production

While gold is mined in amounts 10 times greater than platiunum, the gold price remains slightly less than one to one.

Global gold production is more than 10 times greater than that of platinum production each year. Despite this discrepany, the gold and platinum prices have traded close to 1:1 the past ten years.

Source: USGS

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One Month Gold Platinum Ratio:

Gold and Platinum Eagle Coin Sales at the U.S. Mint 1986-2014

Platinum and Gold Eagle Sales at the US Mint 1986-2014

The U.S. Mint last produced platinum coins in 2014.

The U.S. Mint produces the American Gold Eagle and American Platinum Eagle in 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and one ounce coins.

American Gold Eagles have been produced continuously at the U.S. Mint since 1986, with sales peaking in 1999 with over 2,055,500 ounces of gold sold.

The U.S. Mint began American Platinum Eagle production in 1997. Platinum Eagles were minted until 2008. 1998 was the best year for Platinum Eagle coin sales with 175,650 ounces sold.

The Platinum Eagle series was discontinued in 2009 and was reintroduced in 2014 to lackluster sales.

The American Platinum Eagle was reintroduced in 2016 in one ounce denominations only.

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1 Year Gold Platinum Ratio:

Gold and Platinum Uses

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(1) including investment, electrodes, anticancer drugs, fuel cells, oxygen sensors, spark plugs and turbine engines.
Platinum Uses Source: USGS

(2) While little over a half of the world's gold is held in the form of jewerly, about 78% of the gold consumed each year is used in the manufacture of jewelry. Gold Uses Source: Numbers Sleuth

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5 Year Gold Platinum Ratio:

Top Platinum Producing Countries

top platinum producing nations 2013

Source: USGS

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10 Year Gold Platinum Ratio:

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Top Gold Producing Countries

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In 2013 China was the largest gold producer and importer and did not export any of its gold.

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20 Year Gold Platinum Ratio:

gold has maintained a high price partially due to its function as a monetary metal

Gold's long standing use as a monetary metal has supported a price near platinum, despite being far more abundant than platinum.

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Platinum Supply and Demand 2015

50 Year Gold Platinum Ratio:

platinum and gold are amoung the densest of elements in  the periodic table with extremely high melt temperatures

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  • Bill Goode

    There is almost no demand for platinum as a financial investment. It’s rare, but almost all the demand is industrial.

    Platinum is virtually the same color as silver, making it impractical for coinage. Traditional coinage has been copper (brown), silver (gray) & gold (yellow), all easily distinguishable one from the other by people not knowledgeable about the financial differences.

    If one is to pursue the financial question about platinum, even more interesting is paladium, also a gray metal. The palladium / platinum ratio has doubled in the last three to four years. But again, both platinum and palladium are primarily industrial metals.

    • Smaulgld


      Thanks for the comment. Despite all the differences between gold and platinum, their prices generally track each other with platinum generally trading at a slight premium

      The palladium/platinum comparison is interesting as palladium is getting more expensive as it is being used as a platinum substitute.

      Palladium jewelry is almost non existent , while platinum demand is fairly high for jewelry

      An even more interesting comparison is silver vs gold which has high industrial and monetary demand and yet the gold silver ratio is 72 to 1!

      • Bill Goode

        Yes, the gold / silver ratio is really interesting. The traditional price ratio ranged from 10 to 1 in the Renaissance in France to almost 20 to 1 in the 20th century before sliver was removed from circulation. I have read that in the CRC Handbook for Chemistry & Physics that the ratio of gold to silver in the ground is 5 to 1. No idea how they determined that, but it’s a reliable source. Certainly some room for adjustment.

        • Smaulgld

          Did some checking just now and silver is produced in amounts about 8:1 compared to gold about (3,000 tons of gold and 25,000 tons of silver annual mining production).
          The current gold silver ratio is 72:1. The ratio is updated live here

          • Bill Goode

            Thanks. Good data. Silver is the obvious bet between the two. But some have predicted that gold will fall to $1000. Even so, the silver price will still be out of whack.

            Any data on paladium & platinum production?

          • Smaulgld

            The platinum production is above under the one day chart- I think palladium is about 2-3X platinum. Will confirm

          • Emerging66

            Do you have a relative chart of platinum vs palladium? What about the high in gold to platinum? From your chart above there were 2 peaks close to 1975 and 1982 but what was the ratio exaclty? I feel we are close to a major top…

          • Smaulgld

            I don’t have the exact ratios, I get the data set into a chart from a third party provider. I’d have to put in a request for those numbers.The platinum palladium ratio has declined significantly the past ten years. I don’t have a plat/pall chart but may add one in the future depending on how it ranks compared to other subscriber requests and my time and resources.

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    I was able to get the monthly averages for the 50 year ratio data

    They were 1.2 in Jan 1975 & 1.42 in Nov 1982 (there were certainly days during those months when the ratio was higher

    • Emerging66

      Thanks. For someone believing in “mean reversion” the advise is clear and easy wait for another 10-15% move from here then go long platinum vs gold and keep on rolling the futures. The chance of success would be quite high, provided you have the necessary amount of patience.

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