Perth Mint and U.S. Mint Cannot Meet Demand as Gold Bullion Demand Surges

– Perth Mint sees surge in demand and cannot keep up with demand

– “Our biggest restriction is the amount of unrefined gold we’re getting in from producers”

– Very high demand for Perth Mint coins, bars coming from Asia, U.S. and Europe

– U.S. Mint sees highest sales of gold coins in over 2 years

– U.S. Mint restrictions on silver coins due to very high demand

– Gold sentiment has moved from despondency to depression (see chart)

– Current negative sentiment despite strong demand is good contrarian indicator

31-07-2015_1Perth Mint Gold Bar (1 kilo)

Depressed prices have led to the usual market response, a surge in physical demand for coins and bars globally.This is confirmed in conversations we have had with our refiner and mint partners in recent days. There are growing shortages of supply of small coins and bars. This is resulting in delays in receiving bullion and indeed to rising premiums.Asian gold demand picked Ajax Powder Cleaner Sa... Buy New $10.43 (as of 02:10 EDT - Details) up this week keeping premiums robust and slightly higher in the world’s top gold buying regions.Treasurer for the Perth Mint, Nigel Moffatt has said that the mint has seen a surge in demand for physical gold since the price dropped below $1,100 per ounce.

In an interview on Bloomberg’s “First Up” show he said “Our biggest restriction is the amount of unrefined gold we’re getting in from producers”, adding, “everything we get in is going straight out the door as soon as we refine it.”

Moffatt says that the Perth Mint is seeing strong demand for kilo bars which go to Asia – particularly India, China and now Thailand – adding that traditional buyers in Asia tend to “stock up” on gold when the price falls.

There is also a huge demand for coins from individual buyers in the U.S. and Europe:

Gold “is going straight out the door as soon as we can find it.”

“Our only restriction on coin sales right now is the amount we can produce.”“We’d be selling more if we could find skilled press operators.”

Sales of Perth Mint Certificates remain robust and he adds that the Perth Mint has seen a lot of interest in its new Depository Online Service despite the fact that it has not yet been officially launched nor has there been any publicity for it.

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Perth Mint Gold Nugget (1 oz) in GoldCore London Office (Bloomberg)

7501 Paragon Lock & Sa... Buy New $339.17 (as of 03:30 EDT - Details) He points out that central banks are still accumulating gold despite the negative sentiment because “gold still has intrinsic value”. He does not see the price of gold dropping a whole lot further given the cost of production, although he believes that we may see a fall to $1000 before the price moves upwards again.  It now costs on average around $1,000 to mine one ounce of gold.

Meanwhile the U.S. Mint has reintroduced its sales of Silver Eagle coins (1 oz) following a three-week suspension.

On July 7 The U.S. Mint was forced to suspend sales having exhausted its inventory which suggests there was either a shortage in physical silver blanks or of physical silver bullion that makes the blanks. However, they have placed restrictions on sales and sales remain “allocated” to wholesalers in order to maintain some supply.

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SentrySafe 7250 Waterp... Check Amazon for Pricing. The U.S. Mint is legally required to supply as much silver as is needed to meet demand. Their inability to do so shows demand remains very robust.

So far this month the Mint has sold 4.03 million Silver Eagles. In June total sales came to 4.8 million coins. There are reports that 2.6 million coins were sold this week alone. So, despite having not been available for three weeks, in July Silver Eagle sales are down only 17% on the previous month.

The U.S Mint is also seeing strong demand for Gold Eagle coins, especially one ounce, which – at 136,500 – is more than double the June figure and is the highest demand since the bear raid which saw prices fall in April 2013.

There has been an unprecedented barrage of negative publicity towards gold in recent weeks. This negativity is not supported in any way by the activity in the markets for physical gold where shortages are showing up despite falling prices.

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We believe this to be a good contrarian indicator that gold’s recent bout of weakness is drawing to a close and that the bull market may be set to resume once the current period of weakness runs its course and the forces of supply and demand reassert themselves.

Shortages, delays in delivery and rising premiums suggest that the long awaited short squeeze may be developing.

This shows the importance of taking delivery of bullion or owning allocated, segregated gold coins and bars of which you can take delivery.

Reprinted with permission from GoldCore.