Silver sales at the Perth Mint in 2016 were 12,236,772 ounces up 3.9% from 2015 silver sales of 11,775,927 ounces.
December Perth Mint silver sales of 430,009 ounces were down 56.3% from 984,622 ounces sold in November.
Silver sales at the Perth Mint in December were down 60.3% year over year from December 2015 sales of 1,083,460 ounces.
Gold Sales at the Perth Mint in December Were Up 58% from December 2015
Silver Sales at the Perth Mint in 2016.
Silver Sales Slip in Second Half
The Perth Mint sold 12,236,772 ounces of silver in 2016 up 3.9% from 11,775,927 ounces sold in 2015. Silver sales in the second half of 2016 were 4,600,616 down 40% from first half 2016 sales of 7,636,156 ounces.
December sales of silver were only the fourth month over the past six months during which the Perth Mint did not sell over a million ounces of silver. From September 2015 through April 2016 the Perth Mint sold over a million ounces of silver for eight months in a row. The Perth Mint also sold over one million ounces of silver in June, September and October 2016.
Silver sales at the Perth Mint fell dramatically in July and August (see chart below). The Perth Mint attributed the lower sales in July and August to the “trend for lower volumes reported by precious metal businesses worldwide.” Sales of American Silver Eagle coins also fell sharply in July and August.
Sales of silver were not impacted positively by sales of silver rooster coins the last two months of 2016 as the Perth Mint announced that the maximum worldwide mintage of 300,000 had sold out during November.
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Perth Mint vs. U.S. Mint Silver Sales
Silver sales at the U.S. Mint in 2016 fell 20%. The U.S. Mint sold just 240,000 one ounce American Silver Eagles in December, down 90% from 2,333,500, sold in December 2015.
The Perth Mint Silver Kangaroo.
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In September 2015, the Perth Mint reacted to the silver shortages at the U.S. and Canadian Mints by introducing a new silver bullion coin that would be not be of limited mintage, but rather would be minted in such quantities to meet demand – the Silver Australian Kangaroo one ounce coin.
The new coin was an immediate hit. In ten months (September 2015- June 2016) the Perth Mint sold 15,146,753 ounces of silver, up 173.4% from the period of September 2014 – June 2015 when 5,553,261 ounces of silver were sold.
Is the Australian Silver Kangaroo Sales Bounce Over?
The Perth Mint noted after lower sales in July: “Slower summer sales in North America where distributors reported they were well stocked with product impacted Australian gold and silver minted products during July.” In August the Perth Mint noted “A decline in sales of Australian precious metal minted products for physical delivery in August reflected the trend for lower volumes reported by precious metal businesses worldwide.”
July 2016 silver sales did not reflect a boost from the the Silver Australian Kangaroo as silver sales were lower 7% than last July. August 2016 silver sales reflected a significant decline of 47% from August 2015 sales. While September silver sales at the Perth Mint increased, the mint noted that boost in sales was due in part to the release of the Australian Silver Rooster coins. October and November sales probably reflected continued strong sales of the silver rooster and kangaroo coins. Lower December silver sales at the Perth Mint might reflect a trend away from silver and towards gold.
Perth Mint Silver Sales December 2015 – December 2016
Perth Mint silver sales were up year over year in 2016, but fell sharply in the second half.
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