Wednesday, January 4, 2012

U.S. American Eagle Mintage Chart 1986-2011

Below is a simple graphic depicting the annual mintage of U.S. gold and silver American Eagle bullion coins from 1986 through 2011. A passing glance reveals that silver eagle demand has continued to grow at an extremely robust pace, closing 2011 with a mintage of nearly 40 million ounces. Depicted another way, that's more than the entire 2010 US silver mine production, which was estimated to be 38.6 million ounces by the Silver Institute. Said yet another way, every ounce of silver that comes out of the ground in the United States is put into the hands of someone trading paper currency for silver bullion money.

Figure 1: Gold and silver American Eagle mintage from 1986-2011.

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