Gold Price Drop Leads to Surge in Demand Around World

– U.S. Mint sees highest monthly gold eagle sales in over two years

– Indians take advantage of low price in a season not typically known for gold buying
– Chinese investors, disillusioned with stock market, are buying gold in large volumes
– Demand for coins from Perth Mint 37% higher in June and even higher for July

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The manipulative smash on the gold price on Sunday night has once again led to a surge of buying of gold coins and bars across the globe. Both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters report on how bullion dealers are seeing a spike in demand for gold coins and bars in  India and China and indeed Europe, Australia and the U.S.

“Gold’s plunge to five-year lows this week has prompted a swift rise in demand from jewelry retailers in China and India, the world’s top consumers of gold, leading to a doubling of premiums paid on physical gold,” reports the WSJ via Marketwatch.

Interest in gold “had waned in recent months as investors flocked to the soaring stock market.” The surge in demand has caused a doubling in the premiums paid for gold. Demand for investment type “gold biscuits” has “shot up” this week according to a Hong Kong based jeweller. “Our sales are up by 20% to 30% compared to average sales in previous months.”

The Perth Mint in Australia has also seen a sharp rise in demand for gold coins. In June, sales were up 37% on the same month last year with the mint clearing 21,962 ounces.

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