A few changes to the graphs as you might have noticed. The previous system was becoming far too cluttered to read clearly and our options were either to reduce the amount of years being displayed, or change the graph layout to something different. I chose the latter. These new graphs are ‘stacked’, so each years numbers just pile on top of the previous ones.
It makes it comparitively a little harder to judge the monthly trends on a per-year basis, although not by much, but does have clear benefits also. Firstly, you get a better idea on monthly trends as the graph shows which have fared better over the last eight years. Secondly, simply from the thickness of the colour at each month, you can see which years have over or under performed – anomalies stand out much better. As a good example, just check the orange March 2020 Perth Mint gold numbers to see the huge rise in sales compared to both the rest of that year, and to previous years. Same for July 2015. We hope you like the new format. I’ll continue to tweak it for clarity.
We’re going to try and equalise the numbers for the Royal Canadian Mint into something useable as they changed the way they reported from coins only, to including silver bars etc. It doesn’t help that they only report quaterly and with a long delay, so the numbers are always behind the other two. They still have relevance of course, especially considering the popularity of the Maple Leaf in particular. Also, let us know if you want the US Mint’s Gold Buffalo graph back. It’s a small and erratic seller compared to the AGE, but if you want it back, let me know.
FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020 QUICK COMMENT:
PERTH GOLD: Pre-Covid, it looked like nothing was changing from the last two years, but the pandemic has brought with it a huge resurgence in the sales of the Perth Mint’s gold product. Peaking in April, with monthly sales more than the previous five Aprils combined, they’ve remained high since, with little sign of a slowdown.
PERTH SILVER: Despite not enjoying the same price renaissance that gold has, silver has also jumped in volume. Indeed, June, one usually seeing reduced sales, has broken the mints record for the month. As we trundle towards the big September reveal of the 2021 designs, we’d expect numbers to remain high.
US MINT AGE: The Gold Eagle is hard to quantify because the US Mint basically ran out of coins to sell, so supply has been heavily constrained. What could have been? Well, March 2020 sales were greater than the previous six Marches combined, and April was another great one, so we could have been looking at a record first half of the year.
US MINT ASE: Likewise, after a super March, supply constraints have meant that ASE sales are not representative of actual demand. Another case of what might have been I’m afraid…