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Weekly Market Recap 10/16/09

10/16/2009 01:29:00 PM, Posted by APMEX, No Comment

Gold hit another record high this week, as the yellow metal moved above $1,070.00 per ounce. “There’s lots of concern about the weakness of the dollar, and this had been driving gold,” said Peter Fertig, owner of Quantitative Commodity Research to the financial website “The fear that central bank exit strategies will come too late to prevent inflation is also giving support to gold.”

As the U.S. Dollar continues to slide, gold may continue its climb to even higher prices. Talks of foreign countries replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency were still present in the marketplace this week. China, among others, is considering how to diversify its foreign exchange reserves which lends merit to the continued weakening of the U.S. Dollar. For example, the Dollar Index, a measure against six major currencies, fell about 14% since March, while gold rose about 13% during that same period.

The U.S. Commerce Department released reports this week saying that U.S. business inventories fell by 1.5% in August. This represented the largest drop in the 17 years that the data has been collected. The decline was also the 12th in a row and is an indicator that businesses are still cutting back to deal with weak consumer demand.

APMEX is proud to announce that we have been selected by the Austrian Mint as one of the exclusive distributors of the very limited edition 20-ounce Gold Philharmonic Coin. This coin has an extremely low mintage of only 6,027 coins, of which only 2,009 will be available for sale in the United States. APMEX has these beautiful coins in stock and ready to ship. Enjoy your weekend and thank you for choosing APMEX for all of your precious metal needs.

Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,051.80. The high during the week was on Wednesday, October 14th at $1,070.50, while the low for the week was on Friday, October 16th at $1,042.20. Gold ended the week with a gain of $2.80 at $1,054.60. This week, 2009 1 oz. Gold American Eagles, 2009 1 oz. Gold Buffalo Coins and 1 gram APMEX Gold Bars were some of the most popular items that investors purchased.

Spot Silver prices opened this week at $17.79. Silver reached a high of $18.06 on Wednesday, October 14th. The low for silver occurred on Friday, October 16th at $17.18. Silver ended the week down slightly at $17.50. This week 2009 1 oz. Silver American Eagles, 2010 1 oz. Canadian Silver Maple Leafs and APMEX .999 Fine 1 oz. Silver Bars were quick sellers on the APMEX website.

Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,344.80, and ended the week up $5.90 at $1,350.70. The most 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 $322.00, and ended the week up $8.90 at $330.90. 2009 1 oz. Palladium Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and 10 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars sold quickly on

The spot price of Silver has certainly made its impact felt here at APMEX. Peace Silver Dollars grading from Very Good to Extra Fine have been giving Cull Silver Dollars a run for their money as APMEX’s leading choice among investors and collectors. These coins were minted between 1921 and 1935 and they contain .77344 ounces of pure silver. They are an excellent way of positioning your portfolio or collection in silver. Morgan Silver Dollars that grade Extra Fine also continue to arouse investors as silver maintains its slow but steady rise. The smart investors are continuing to add these Silver Dollars to their portfolio on a regular basis.

As we continue our series on Silver Dollars we will be getting into more of a collector's state of mind – by discussing VAM’s. What is a VAM? A VAM is a specific die variety of silver dollar as defined by Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis. Many of these varieties are very highly collectible. In fact, there are Silver Dollar collectors that only collect VAM’s. There is a case to be made that every Morgan Silver Dollar is a VAM, however, there are only a few dozen varieties that are popular and worth considerable sums of money.

Ironically, the more interesting sounding names such as Scarface, Alligator Eye, Spitting Eagle, and Hot Lips, are the more sought after varieties, regardless of their rarity. As there were hundreds of thousands to millions minted, there can be multiple VAM’s for the same date and mint mark. Both the Scarface and Hot Lips varieties can only be found on the 1888-O. Because of the cost involved in collecting and attributing VAM’s, many are graded by a third party grading service. But there are many specialists in the hobby that can easily decipher one VAM from another. APMEX has its very own VAM specialist and has a wide variety of VAM silver dollars in both certified and uncertified states. Click here to view our complete list of VAM varieties!

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