Production on 2015 American Eagle Silver bullion coins wrapped up last week, and this week’s allocation of 1,130,000 coins will be the final batch released by the Mint to authorized buyers this year. 769,000 of that total was sold today, leaving 361,000 ounces available for the remainder of 2015.
At the time of this writing, 2015 Silver Eagle bullion coins have sold 46,639,000 pieces, 2.6 million more than last year’s record-high of 44,006,000. Assuming the remaining inventory will be purchased in the coming days, this year’s final total will be 47,000,000 ASE bullion coins sold.
The U.S. Mint will begin selling 2016 issues of the coin to authorized purchasers on January 11.
|American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin Sales By Year|
|*all-time high as of 12/14/15; 47,000,000 projected.|
The American Eagle $1 silver bullion coin was introduced in 1986, with 1996 seeing the lowest mintage so far with only 3,603,386 coins sold. The West Point Mint assumed sole production of ASE’s in 2001; since then, the lowest yearly total has been 2003’s tally of 8,495,008 ounces. The Mint sells its bullion issues to a network of authorized buyers, who then make the coins available to the public.
In related news, recent legislation has led the Mint to announce that 2015 American Eagle Proof and Uncirculated coins will not be sold after noon on December 30. The Proof issue is currently on Back Order at the Mint’s Web site.
You can learn more about the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle bullion program here.
Update (12/16/15): The Mint sold the rest of its weekly allocation yesterday, December 15, bringing the final total for 2015 ASE bullion coins to 47,000,000.