Perth Mint Silver Sales Sturdy in July

Silver sales at the Perth Mint in July were 1,167,963 ounces, down 3.9% from June 2017 sales of 1,215,071 ounces.

Year over year July 2017 Perth Mint silver sales were up 68.4% from July 2016 sales of 693,477 ounces.

July Perth Mint sales of 1,167,963 ounces were lower than July U.S. Mint Silver Eagle sales of 2,270,000 ounces.

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Silver Sales Soar in June

The Perth Mint sold 1,167,963 ounce of silver in July 2017 down 3.9% from 1,215,071 ounces of silver sold in June 2017 and up 68.4% from 693,477 ounces sold in July 2017.

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. January 2017 silver sales over one million marked the first time since September and October 2016 that the Perth Mint sold over one million ounces in a month.

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.

In February the Perth Mint added this note regarding lower sales – “Growing confidence in the prospect of improving economic conditions has seen increased demand for alternative assets at the expense of precious metals.”

Sales continued to come in below 2016 levels in March and April and May. June 2017 sales were strong and essentially equal to June 2016’s equally strong sales.

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Silver sales rebounded in September and October 2016 in part due to strong demand for the newly released 2017 Australian Silver Rooster. The Australian Silver Rooster coin is part of the Perth Mint’s popular Lunar Series that features lunar calendar images each year.

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. January and February 2017 sales were most likely driven by 2017 Australian Silver Kangaroo coins. The Silver Kanagaroo continues to account for the bulk of the Perth Mint’s silver sales.

Perth Mint vs. U.S. Mint Silver Sales

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Silver sales at the U.S. Mint in June fell 62% to a ten year low The U.S. Mint sold 986,000 one ounce American Silver Eagles in June vs 2,837,500 sold in June 2016.

us mint silver sales vs perth mint silver sales July 2016 - July 2017

Perth Mint Silver sales topped U.S. Mint silver sales for the first time in June.

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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.

The Australian Silver Kangaroo

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. Since the Australian Silver Rooster coin sold out in November, silver sales at the Perth Mint in reflect largely sales of the Australian Silver Kangaroo coins as well as sales of silver Koala and Kookaburra silver coins.

Lower silver sales at the Perth Mint year over year and recent months and surging gold sales might reflect a trend away from silver and towards gold.

Perth Mint Silver Sales January 2014 – July 2017

Perth Mint Silver Sales 2014 - 2017 through July

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Perth Mint sales data: The Perth Mint Blog

Further Reading:

2015 Silver Supply and Demand

Perth Mint Sales (monthly archive)

Canadian Mint Sales (quarterly and annual archives)

US Mint Sales (monthly archive)

Is there a silver shortage?

Gold and Silver Sales at the U.S. Mint in 2014

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