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59%-79% Mint Premiums on Platinum Proof Coins
By Mike Unser

The United States Mint is showing theyíre extremely proud of their 2008 American Eagle Platinum Proof coins with premiums running between 58.7% and 79.1%.

The price of platinum has taken a beating as gloomy car industry data continues to take its toll. About half of the global platinum supply is used in vehicle catalytic converters, and U.S. car sales slipping to a 16-year low is no good news for platinumís demand.

Today, New York platinum futures dropped to $1,563 an ounce, or another 5.6%, to a fresh six-month low. The metal has been giving up ground since the middle of July.

With such a southerly, multi-week turn, expectation would lead platinum coin buyers to expect lower prices too. That hasnít been the case. At least not for the U.S. Mintís 2008 American Eagle Platinum Proof coins.

For whatever reason, the Mint seems content in selling coins that once had premiums marked in the 30% range, but are now marked up between $124-$1,700. The following tables reflect prices and premiums.


Platinum proof coin premiums on Aug. 4
Size New York Platinum (8/4/08) Coin Prices Premium $ Premium %
One-ounce $1,563.00 $2,509.95 $946.95 60.6%
1/2 ounce $781.50 $1,279.95 $498.45 63.8%
1/4 ounce $390.75 $ 664.95 $274.20 70.2%
1/10 ounce $156.30 $ 279.95 $123.65 79.1%
All $2,891.55 $4,589.95 $1,698.40 58.7%

Platinum proof coin premiums on July 24
The following prices and premiums are based on the day the Mint resumed 2008 proof platinum coin sales on July 24. The Mint temporarily suspended sales of the proof versions in late June "due to the increasing market value of platinum."

Size New York Platinum (7/24/08) Coin Prices Premium $ Premium %
One-ounce $1,713.80 $2,509.95 $796.15 46.5%
1/2 ounce $856.90 $1,279.95 $423.05 49.4%
1/4 ounce $428.45 $664.95 $236.50 55.2%
1/10 ounce $171.38 $279.95 $108.57 63.4%
All $3,170.53 $4,589.95 $1,419.42 44.8%

Initial 2008 platinum proof coin prices and premiums
Price of platinum and premiums when the 2008 proof platinum first went on sale.

Size New York Platinum (5/5/08) Coin Prices Premium $ Premium %
One-ounce $1,927.40 $2,299.95 $582.55 30.2%
1/2 ounce $963.70 $1,174.95 $316.25 32.8%
1/4 ounce $481.85 $609.95 $183.10 38.0%
1/10 ounce $192.74 $269.95 $87.21 45.2%
All $3,565.69 $4,119.95 $1,024.26 28.7%

Is the United States Mint justified in selling coins with such high mark-ups?
 



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