Silver coin supplies…

Silver coin supplies buckle on fever-pitch retail buys

By Myra P. Saefong, MarketWatch

U.S. Mint sales of the American Eagle silver bullion coin have climbed to an annual record.

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Silver prices have dropped more than 30% year to date and demand for the physical metal has reached a fever pitch: United States Mint sales of the American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins have already hit a record this year.

But as supplies of the coin tighten, analysts and bullion dealers said there are still many options for those interested in buying silver. Many predicted all along that sales of those coins would reach a record this year — and they expect the metal’s popularity to continue to grow.

“Private investor demand for physical silver in 2013 has been staggering,” said Adrian Ash, head of research at BullionVault, an online physical gold-and-silver exchange headquartered in London.

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