Top 5 Official Silver Coin Sales 2013In 2013, the top 5 official silver coin sales topped 98 million oz.
The U.S. mint came in first place by selling 42.6 million Silver Eagles, while Canadian Maples came in second at 28.2 million oz followed by 14.5 million Philharmonics, 8 million (est) Silver Pandas and 5.3 million in Australian Kookaburra’s, Koala’s and Lunar Silver Snake sales.
Total of the top 5 official silver coin sales were 98.7 million.  Again, these figures represent their top-selling official coins.  This does not include other silver bullion coin and numismatic sales.
Thus, the market purchased 27 times more official silver coins than official gold coins in 2013.
With a high ratio of 27 to 1 set last year, 2014 may break that record in flying colors.  So far this year, the U.S. Mint has sold 19.8 million Silver Eagles compared to 193,000 oz of Gold eagles.  This is a 102 to 1 ratio.

The U.S. Mint just updated their Silver Eagle sales figures for May, and it was a whopper.  Since the beginning of last week, the U.S. Mint sold 1.939,500 million Silver Eagles.  This is a big number.  Total for the month of May is already at 3,262,000 oz.
It took one week for the U.S. Mint to sell more Silver Eagles (1,939,500 oz) than all the Gold Eagles sold in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (1,808,000 oz).
Just think about that for a minute.  The market purchased more Silver Eagles in one week than all the Gold Eagles since January 2012.

Canadian Silver Production Jan-Feb NEWCanadian silver production declined significantly in the first two months of 2014 compared to last year.  The huge drop off in production was due to the closure of two base metal mines and one primary silver mine in 2013.
Canada has lost two-thirds of its silver production in just twelve years.
While Canada isn’t a large global silver producer, it’s still a large percentage decline nonetheless.
As the Royal Canadian Mint continues to ramp up sales of its Silver Maples, the country will have to import more silver to make up for the shortfall in domestic production.

Official Coin Sales vs Total Silver Mine SupplyThere is one factor in the silver market that the Fiat Monetary Authorities and Banking Institutions are deeply concerned about. It has to do with controlling the public’s understanding of what is “Real Value” versus “Perceived Value.”
The reason the fiat monetary regime is worried about silver investment demand is that it could throw a monkey-wrench into their plan of controlling the price of silver.  If the price of silver gets out of hand, so does the ability to keep confidence in the U.S. Dollar and all the worthless paper assets that are tied to it — such as the U.S. Retirement Market.
While the Fed and its cohorts in the banking industry continue to print money as well as offer plenty of digital liquidity to give the illusion of solvency in the financial system, cracks are beginning to appear as more investors become reacquainted to the 2,000+ year history of silver money.

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Sales 2007-2013Not only did Canadian Maple Leaf sales shatter all records in 2013, their percentage gain was twice as much compared to Silver Eagles.  The Royal Canadian Mint just released their 2013 Annual Report and sales of their Silver Maples were the highest on record.
There’s a new Silver Sheriff in town, and it happens to be located north of the U.S. border. 

jeffrey christianThere’s a lot of shortsighted and incorrect silver analysis out there, so its imperative that you consider the information in this article. CPM Group just announced the release of their 2014 Silver Yearbook.  In their statement they implied that “Net Global Silver Investment” declined in 2013, while fabrication demand increased.
This sounds like a bearish statement for silver investors, but the reality is… silver investment demand actually INCREASED IN 2013, it did not decline.
CPM Group states that “Official Coin” sales were a record 136 million ounces in 2013.   How in the HELL, did investment demand FALL in 2013, if official coin sales increased 30-40 million oz??
It’s easy… you label the supposed surplus as SILVER INVESTMENT DEMAND… and poof.. you can show a declineLet me explain, I am gonna let you all in on a dirty little secret.

Massive Bucket ExcavatorIn a stunning admission, the German Government recently announced that its transition to Renewable Energy was, “On the Verge of Failure.”  This blunt statement was released by Germany’s Economic Minister and Vice Chancellor to Angela Merkel, Sigmar Gabriel at an event at SMA Solar… Germany’s leading manufacturer of Solar technology.
Germany decided to shut down eight of its Nuclear Power Plants after the disaster at Fukushima.  Unfortunately, renewable energy isn’t filling the void.  To make up the difference… in come the COAL MONSTERS.
This announcement is a DEATH-BLOW to the advocates of renewable energy such as Wind & Solar.

Shangahai Futures Exchange Silver Inventories April 18 2014Over the past two months, gold inventories at the Comex have risen slowly, while silver warehouse stocks continue to decline.  A total of 17.2 million ounces of silver were removed from the Shanghai (10.2 million oz) and Comex (7 million oz) exchanges since the end of February.
For some reason, a great deal more silver is being withdrawn from the Shanghai Futures Exchange.  In just one year, inventories at the exchange declined from 1,123 mt to current level of 258 mt.

U.S. Gold Bullion Exports to Hong KongThe figures are out and it looks like the United States exported a record amount of gold to Hong Kong in January- a stunning 57 metric tons!  Not only is this 3 times more gold exported than January 2013 (17 mt), it was 84% more gold than the record month set in August (31 mt).  As we can see, gold bullion is fleeing the U.S. and heading to the East.  Again… that 57 mt figure is just gold bullion.
As the West continues to play games with Monopoly money and Derivatives manufacturing, the East accumulates as much gold as it possibly can.  While Main Stream Media and its Banker cohorts release bearish $1,050 price targets for gold, the Asians and Indians smile as they build the largest amount of gold stocks in the world.

Shangahai Futures Exchange Silver Inventories April 18 2014In the past week, the Shanghai Futures Exchange suffered another large withdrawal of silver from its warehouse stocks. 
The Shanghai Futures Exchange has had another 41 metric tons (1.3 million oz) of silver withdrawn since April 10th. 
Silver inventories have declined to their lowest levels since the exchange started building its silver stocks in August, 2012.

silver miningThere is an insidious Dark Side to the silver mining industry that goes unnoticed by the majority of investors and analysts.  Actually, I haven’t come across one miniyng analyst who puts out comprehensive data on this very subject for the silver mining industry.
According to my figures for 2013, the top primary silver miners suffered the lowest average silver yield ever.  That’s correct… another year of declining ore grades and yields.
For those analysts who believe the price of silver is heading lower in the future… the falling yields and increased costs will prove otherwise.

The distinguished analysts from Goldman Sachs have reiterated their 2014 forecast for gold to hit $1,050 by the end of the year.
Goldman has a serious motivation for throwing the paper price of gold under the bus.  You see… Goldman is by far the weakest and most vulnerable bank when it comes to its Assets to Derivatives ratio.  Not only does Goldman rank DEAD LAST compared to the other banks in this ratio, it does so with flying colors.

SRS8Due to the tens of $trillions of liquidity the Fed and Central Banks threw into the financial markets, the 2009 Global Depression was averted.  This allowed BAU- Business As Usual to continue in the world and mining sector.
If the financial system collapsed along with the broader markets,  global silver production would have fallen considerably in the years following 2009Furthermore, easy money and low-interest rates allowed the world to extract and consume expensive low EROI oil that it really could not afford.
The end of this decade will be nothing like the beginning.
  The Financial Industry will come under the weight of peak oil.  Paper assets will lose value and investors will be forced to move into physical assets to protect their wealth.
Gold and Silver will offer a WAY OUT to the PAPER PONZI SCHEME.  Unfortunately, only a few will see the light before it’s too late.

Comex silver Total Stocks March 10 2014Something interesting took place at the Comex and Shanghai silver warehouses over the past month.
Silver stocks at both these warehouses peaked at about the same time, March 10th.
However, for the past month, a substantial amount of silver has been removed from both warehouses.

The U.S. Treasury would consume nearly half of total mine supply if U.S coins still contained silver.
Prior to 1965, the U.S. Mint included silver in its coinage.  The U.S. dime, quarter and half-dollar consisted of 90% silver.  However, today they are nothing more than base metal slugs.
It cost the U.S. Mint $172 million to produce base metal slug Dimes and Quarters in 2013.  If these coins contained 90% silver, the cost would be a staggering $7.8 billion or 46 times the value.
Even though the world forgot the value of real money… they will soon be reacquainted.