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European Gold Buying “Remarkable”

by John Rubino on July 8, 2013 · 9 comments

Here’s National Numismatics’ Tom Cloud with a quick dealer-level view of gold and silver:

DollarCollapse: Hey Tom, it’s been an eventful few weeks. Precious metals pierced your worse-case downside targets and then bounced a bit. What’s going on out there?

Tom Cloud: Once gold broke the $1,320 it didn’t stop till $1,180, which I did not think it would do. It went all the way down to our long-term support line. Looking forward, July is usually a neutral month and August is when things pick up. Gold and silver usually make about 2/3 of their profits during the last four months of the year, but this time gold should start moving in July because the correction was so severe. The worst-case scenario is that it bounces off of $1,180 again, but it looks very oversold at these levels; the charts have turned extremely bullish.

DC: How tight are supplies?

TC: For gold, there’s pretty good availability right now. We’ve got some gold coins that can lock in and ship today.

DC: Silver premiums remain high though. What’s different about that market?

TC: When silver goes down the costs of buying and producing it make the premium go up in percentage terms. They usually change the premiums every two or three months. So the high premiums can be explained in part by the continued shortage of popular coins and in part by unchanging production costs.

DC: So silver supplies remain tight?

TC: May broke all records for silver eagle sales, and you’re still looking at 2-4 week delays for eagles, maple leafs and even buffaloes. Comex silver bars are really hard to get. Johnson Matthey is six weeks behind. In normal times, it would take 3-5 days for delivery. The Royal Canadian Mint is keeping up, though, so we can get those bars.

DC: What about the recent central bank gold buying?

TC: The bounce was facilitated by a 580-ton purchase by European central banks on Friday. The rumor is that they’re going to buy another 500 next week. There’s only 2200 tons a year mined on average, so that would be remarkable.

For more information or to place an order, call 800-247-2812 or email Tom Cloud at tgcloud@bellsouth.net. Mention DollarCollapse.com for free shipping and insurance.

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Bruce July 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I just purchased two 100 oz. Johnson Mathey silver bars from a dealer in the Midwest and it took 2 weeks. They may have back ordered a bunch of them, not sure.


Bruce C. July 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I think the most relevant thing to understand at this time is this:


That will change, though the timing is uncertain. At least to me, the prospect of fiat paper currencies gaining, or even stabilizing, in strength is impossible.


Stepman July 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I have continued to stack 10 oz bars and 90% junk silver. The bars have been taking about 1 week to ship. I use local supplier here in the US.


fallingman July 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

If I might respectfully ask…where might one confirm this $580 ton
purchase? I’ve heard nothing of it elsewhere. That doesn’t mean
anything other than it comes as a surprise to me and I’d like to verify
that the info is correct.


Alisha July 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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