High premiums hindering mint's procurement of silver
"31 U.S. Code § 5116(b)(2) states in part, “The Secretary shall not pay more than the average world price for silver under any circumstances. As used in this paragraph, the term ‘average world price’ means the priced determined by a widely recognized commodity exchange at the time the silver is obtained by the Secretary.”
Law also requires mint to strike monster box bullion ASEs to meet public demand. Look for collector versions of silver ASEs, as well as other silver products to be in short supply or non-existent this year.
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