“US Gold Coin Sales Surge in October on Price Drop, Washington Impasse” – Reuters

Posted on :Oct 16, 2013

Reuters

October 16, 2013

Demand for U.S. gold coins has surged in October, reversing recent weak  sales, boosted by bargain hunting as prices plunged below $1,300 an ounce and  some safe-haven buying due to the U.S. budget impasse.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Mint sold 10,000 ounces of the most-popular 22-karat  American Eagle gold coins, for total sales of 22,000 ounces so far in October, a  Mint spokesman said.

The October sales are already the highest sales in three months and are  nearly double sales of 13,000 ounces in September and 11,500 ounces in  August.

Dealers also bought 4,000 ounces of 24-karat American Buffalo gold coins.

Michael Kramer, president of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, a major U.S.  coin dealer in New York, said his firm’s gold business has picked up since last  Friday, when the price of gold fell 1.5 percent to a three-month low.

“We are under $1,300 for a few days, so people are thinking this is a good  time to step in,” Kramer said.

Manfra, Tordella bought gold coins from the U.S. Mint on Tuesday.

Uncertainty over whether U.S. lawmakers will clinch a budget deal to avert a  debt default and reopen the federal government also spurred safe-haven bids,  though the major driver appeared to be the lower prices, dealers said.

The U.S. Mint also reported higher-than-usual American Eagle silver coin  sales at 750,000 ounces on Tuesday, bringing the October total to 1.6 million  ounces, on track to surpass sales of 3 million ounces in September.

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