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Weekly Market Recap 10/09/09

10/09/2009 06:00:00 PM, Posted by APMEX, No Comment

This week, Gold broke through its all time high and set a new benchmark at $1,061.10 per ounce. Concerns about the weakened U.S. Dollar and a second economic downturn, along with increased risk of higher inflation, were the leading causes for the commodities boost this week. Other factors had an impact as well, such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s comments that unemployment will continue to rise in the United States for some time.

Rumors of Gulf Arab states along with Russia, China, Japan and France replacing the U.S. Dollar as the standard for trading oil surfaced in London this week. Though this report was later denied, the U.S. Dollar dropped even further, which in turn increased precious metals appeal to investors.

A Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst has predicted that Gold prices will hit $1,500 an ounce in 2011 when oil prices move back above the $100 a barrel mark. Additionally, Francisco Blanch, head of Global Commodity Research, said that for the world economy to resume growth of 5%, commodity supplies will have to expand by a similar rate which will create shortages due to emerging market growth. Savvy investors will pay close attention to these events and use precious metals as a hedge against inflation.

This week, the United States Mint announced that it will offer for sale 2009 one-ounce American Buffalo Proof Gold Coins and one-ounce American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins. The tentative release dates for these products are October 29th and December 3rd, respectively. In addition, the mint will release one-ounce 2009 American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins on October 15th and the fractional 2009 American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins in the one-half, one-quarter and one-tenth ounce weights on December 3rd.

This week, APMEX customers took advantage of low premiums on 2010 Silver Canadian Maple Leafs. They also had the opportunity to pre-order their 2009 American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins. Both offers had a very high response due to recent economic events that make the flight to precious metals extremely attractive. To view a full list of bullion items, visit — the Gold Standard in Bullion Trading.

Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,001.20. The high during the week was on Thursday, October 8th at $1,061.10, while the low for the week was on Monday, October 5th at $1,001.20. Gold ended the week with a gain of $48.90 at $1,050.10. This week, 2009 1-oz. American Gold Buffalos Coins, 2009 1-oz. Gold American Eagles and Random Year 1-oz. Canadian Gold Maple Leafs saw tremendous demand in an upward market.

Spot Silver prices opened this week at $16.20. Silver reached a high of $17.95 on Thursday, October 8th. The low for silver occurred on Monday, October 5th at $16.03. Silver ended the week up $1.55 at $17.75. This week 2009 1 oz. Silver American Eagles, 2010 1-oz. Canadian Silver Maple Leafs and 1 oz. APMEX .999 Fine Silver Bars held their own in the gold rush.

Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,284.00, and ended the week up $55.00 at $1,339.00. Popular platinum products for this week included 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Platinum Bars, 2009 1 oz. Platinum Canadian Maple Leafs and 2009 1-oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $300.50, and ended the week up $23.60 at $324.10. 2009 1 oz. Palladium Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and 10-oz. Credit Suisse Palladium Bars continue to keep the eye of focused investors.

It is of great interest this week to note that the spot price of Gold, and to a lesser degree that of Silver, has been soaring. Collectors and investors alike have been clamoring for both metals. APMEX has a wide variety of choices which have been selling very quickly as many financial advisers and analysts believe this is only the beginning of a historic rise in the metals market.

APMEX’S best seller this week in terms of numismatic silver has been Cull Silver Dollars which are a mixture of both the Morgan and Peace series. These coins contain 90% silver and are selling as low as $1.69 over melt. This is an excellent investment if you are looking to create a position in silver. As the spot price of silver continues to rise, so does the value of dollars in Almost Uncirculated and Brilliant Uncirculated conditions. These coins can be purchased for their collector value, but they are also purchased quite steadily for their bullion value as well.

This week APMEX will highlight the 1921 Peace Silver Dollar. This year was a transitional year for the US Mint. It had struck Morgan Silver Dollars for the first time in 16 years, but it was also the last time. Between December 28th to the 31st 1,006,473 1921 Peace Silver Dollars were minted.

The coin, designed by Anthony de Francisci, was struck in high relief, which means that the design was even with or above that of the rim. This caused an extremely weak strike on the examples that were struck later, as the pressure to strike each coin was lessened. The evidence is most noticeable on the Obverse around the ear and on the Reverse where it lacks feather detail on the eagle’s breast. Many Uncirculated 1921 Peace Dollars are graded as Extra Fine or Almost Uncirculated incorrectly, because of this weak strike. A large number of the 1921 Peace Dollars do not have blazing luster as one would expect to see on uncirculated specimens, while others, exhibit overwhelming luster. This is one of the few key dates in the Peace Silver Dollar series and there has always been a high demand for these coins as it was struck in high relief and it is the first year of issue. This is a highly collectible series as it is America’s last 90% silver dollar!

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