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.
APRIL 2020 QUICK COMMENT:
PERTH GOLD: Sales have gone into the stratosphere this month. Exceeding the last five April’s COMBINED, it’s the biggest months sales since the Perth Mint began publishing these numbers in 2013, doubly impressive given its a traditionally quiet month.
PERTH SILVER: Also a phenomenal month and only the second time the mint has broken 2m ounces. Given the first is considered an anomaly as they issued the unlimited mintage Silver Kangaroo, it’s an equally giant performance.
US MINT AGE: The Gold Eagle has done well, but we don’t know what heights it would have achieved as supply has been constrained.
US MINT ASE: On the surface a terrible month after a brilliant March, but again, more the result of a low inventory rather than a lack of demand. When supplies pick up, expect sales to follow.