May 2016 Sales of Gold at the Perth Mint Flat Year Over Year.
The Perth Mint sold 21,035 ounces of gold in May 2016. This was essentially flat from May 2015 when the Perth Mint sold 21,671 ounces of gold. May 2016 gold sales at the Perth Mint were down month over month from April 2016 when 47,752 ounces of gold were sold.
The Perth Mint, located in Western Australia, is historically known for its gold sales. Australia ranks third in global gold production and has about ten percent of the world’s known gold reserves. Many of Australia’s gold mines are located in Western Australia where the Perth Mint was founded in 1899.
As a full service government mint, the Perth Mint produces legal tender gold and silver coins that are not intended, however, for general circulation. Australia’s general circulation coins are produced by the Royal Australian Mint. The Perth Mint focuses on minting precious metal bullion and collector coins and bars.
While Perth Mint gold sales were up year over year, they have stagnated in recent years as have gold sales at the major sovereign mints – the Canadian, U.S. and Austrian Mints. Retail investors have flocked to silver coins. The total gold sales reported by the Perth Mint include the wide variety of gold products it sells, the majority of which are in the form of its popular Gold Kangaroo coins.
In 2015, gold sales soared at the Austrian Mint as European investors concerned over European Central bank threats of quantitative Easing (now a reality) negative interest rates and Grexit, renewed interest in gold. Gold sales also increased at the Canadian, U.S. and Perth Mints during the second half of the 2015.
Perth Mint Gold Sales 2015 – 2016
2016 Perth Mint Gold Sales Projection
If gold sales at the Perth Mint in 2016 continue at a pace of an average of 45,078 ounces a month, (January – May’s sales of 180,312 divided by five) the Perth Mint will sell about 540,000 ounces of gold in 2016.
Perth Mint Sold 46 Times More Silver Than Gold In May
The Perth Mint sold 974,865 ounces of silver vs. 21,035 ounces of gold in May for a silver to gold sales ratio of 46.34 to 1. In comparison, In May the U.S. Mint sold 4,498,500 one ounce American Silver Eagle coins vs. 64,500 one ounce American Gold Eagle coins for a silver to gold ratio of 69.74 to 1.
In March, in a rare occurrence, Perth Mint’s gold sales of 47,948 ounces were higher than the U.S. Mint’s total gold sales of 46,500 ounces in March that included all denominations of American Gold Eagles and American Gold Buffalo coins. The one off triumph of the Perth Mint in March reversed in April. The U.S. Mint’s 105,500 ounces of gold sold in April was more than double the Perth Mint gold sales. In May, the Perth Mint’s 21,671 ounces was well below the U.S. Mint’s sales of gold attributable American Gold Eagle coins of 76,500 ounces without counting the 18,500 ounces of gold sold in the form of American Gold Buffalo coins.
In 2015, the Perth Mint sold 11,775,927 ounces of silver and 457,132 ounces of gold for a silver to gold sales ratio of 25.76 to 1. In 2015, the U.S. Mint sold 47,000,000 one ounce American Silver Eagle coins and 626,500 one ounce American Gold Eagle coins for a silver to gold sales ratio of 75.02 to 1.
About the Perth Mint: The Perth Mint has been refining about 300 and 400 tonnes of gold and silver each year and also supplies gold and silver blanks to other government mints. As a major producer of silver blanks, the Perth Mint has not experienced any production halts during the past year.
Perth Mint gold sales data: The Perth Mint Blog
This article by BGASC is not, and should not be regarded as, investment advice or as a recommendation regarding any particular course of action.