The U.S. Mint sold out of a limited edition run of 50,000 gold baseball coins only four days after the issue was released. The special gold coin is part of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin program.
Although the coins were marked with the denomination of $5, they were actually listed at $424.75 each. Coins are regularly valued on the market at a different scale than their denomination for their precious metal content, scarcity and value to collectors.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White reported that all 50,000 coins had been sold by Monday afternoon. He also reported that demand has been high for the program’s $1 silver coin and half-dollar clad coin.
"I would really say the sales have been unprecedented for a three-coin program," White said.
“The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act of 2012 authorized the mint to issue 50,000 of the gold coins, 400,000 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar coins as part of the program. A surcharge on each coin benefits the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museumin Cooperstown, which turns 75 this year,” wrote Mark Weiner in the Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY.
Although silver appears to be moving, primarily in an upward trajectory, in step with gold, it's also showing signs of independent growth in demand, reported the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.
“Silver isn’t just tracking gold, its breaking some ground of its own,” wrote MarketWatch’s Myra P. Saefong, “at least when it comes to holdings in exchange-traded funds and demand for silver coins.
The silver precious metal is up 10 percent in 2014 and gained 11 percent in the last month. Meanwhile, gold is up 11 percent year to date and up seven percent over the last month.
“Silver is finding its own support independent of gold due to strong buying from China and India and an increase in industrial production of electronics,” including smart phones, said Paul Mladjenovic, who wrote the book Precious Metals Investing For Dummies.
Mladjenovic agreed that silver does typically move in sync with gold futures and that given the white metal’s smaller market, those moves may sometimes appear exaggerated. But he cautioned that there is more going on in the marketplace today.
As the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, they’ll be battling to take home the NFL’s championship Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The coveted sterling silver trophy weighs seven pounds and is created from scratch each year by the skilled silversmiths at Tiffany & Co. According to Investopedia, it costs $50,000 and requires four months and 72 man-hours to complete. After the silver trophy is presented to the Super Bowl champions at the conclusion of the game, it will then be taken back and engraved with the winning team’s name and returned to it. A new trophy is produced each year.
In 2014, silver takes on an even more important role as the Super Bowl is played outdoors in the northeastern U.S. The NFL will be presenting all 80,000 fans attending the game will receive a Warm Welcome Kit, complete with hand and foot warmers, a hand muffler, ear muffs, lip balm and silver-lined texting gloves, reported the Silver Institute, a nonprofit international precious metals industry association.
(November 6, 2012) - While gold and silver are known around the world for their attractive coloration, scientists who are researching the engineering of metals have developed a way to be able to change these precious metals' iconic colors without altering their purity. One of the most common uses of gold is jewelry and one can imagine what the ability to have different colors of gold would do for that industry so it's no surprise to hear that this is where the scientists will be looking to profit from their discovery. For those investing in precious metals, the impact of this discovery might remain uncertain, but chances are good that it could enhance the demand for the white and the yellow metal. According to a recent article in the jewelry industry's JCK Magazine, the researchers who were working at the Centre for Photonic Metamaterials that is part of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, are able to turn both of the world's most popular precious metals into a range of hues.
(October 25, 2012) - We've been hearing a lot of positive things about gold and silver in the media recently, which is always music to investors' ears, but a new look at the future shows things may be even brighter than previously speculated for those who hold hard assets. For those investing in silver alone, 2012 has been a very good year with prices rising by 18% to sit around $32 per ounce. Gold traders, too, have come out ahead with an 11% increase in price, bringing gold to about $1,740 per ounce currently. As strong as these prices are, a recent article by Saht Muja in The Examiner attributes the rise to improvements in the stock market. Muja also stated that as we have another presidential election in the United States, the demand for both the yellow and the white metal will be increasing.
(October 12, 2012) - While the idea has popped up in the media a few times in the past couple months, it appears that more analysts are stepping forward to say that the time to buy silver has come. Analysts believe that silver is going to be outperforming its yellow metal cousin in the long run. In a recent interview with The Economic Times, the CIO of Swiss Asia Capital, Juerg Kiener, gave word that he sees gold prices on the rise in the short to mid-term, but that silver is what should really be catching the eye of investors around the world. Gold and silver frequently compete for attention in the hard assets department, but what many are coming to see is that silver is actually highly undervalued and set to take off soon. The investing public, according to Kiener, still holds relatively little gold. He sees that as an area of future growth due to currencies losing their value and general economic volatility around the globe.