More Problems for the 2008 Silver Eagles

Silver EaglesAs readers of this blog will know, there is an ongoing shortage of 2008 Silver Eagle bullion coins.  Early in the year the US Mint actually temporarily suspended sales of the coins to authorized Purchasers.  Following the suspension, the Mint started a policy of rationing the 2008 Silver Eagles to dealers at quantities below market demand.

This caused a bit of outcry, including a widely discussed Wall Street Journal article on the topic.  Also open letters to the US Mint Director and US Secretary of the Treasury from concerned organizations and individuals.

Last week, more problems came to light which will cause the current rationing of Silver Eagles to get even tighter.

The US Mint sent a memorandum to authorized purchasers informing them that the Mint’s supplier of silver blanks used in producing Silver Eagles would be reducing their shipments by more than half.  The Mint further indicated that they would stop using silver blanks for other purposes such as collectible coins.  This is clearly becoming a very serious issue impacting precious metals investors and coin collectors.

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