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Interview With Dow Jones Newswire

Topics [ gold investing gold coins gold prices gold bullion bars ]

TREASURY VIEW

Enquiries at The Perth Mint from a multitude of banks and other professional buyers has been intense since gold’s correction to under $1,400 an ounce. Dow Jones Newswire reporter James Campbell summed up the situation neatly after I spoke to him earlier this week. You may have seen the story, which has been picked up by a number of media outlets. If not, James has given me permission to reproduce his report here:

DJ Physical Gold Demand Exceeds Current Availability - Perth Mint
Tue Jan 11 01:26:37 2011 EST

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)–Demand for gold bullion from Australia’s Perth Mint has been unrelenting since gold’s price dropped below $1,400 an ounce, a senior Mint official said Tuesday.

"At the moment demand is such that we cannot meet all the enquiries that we are getting," said Nigel Moffatt, Treasurer of the Perth Mint, one of the world’s largest gold refiners and distributors.

"Demand for our coins and medallions is strong, but the biggest demand is coming from banks and traders looking for kilo bars," he told Dow Jones Newswires.

One-kilogram bars are the most popular trading instrument in Asia’s physical market.

Demand doesn’t appear to be directly related to the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, with buying also coming from in from India, Moffatt said.

"The way I see it at this point, it is because of the current correction in the price rather than anything else," he said.

Spot gold has declined 3.1% since the start of 2011 to $1,376/oz during Asian trade Tuesday after hitting a low of $1,353/oz Friday.

Moffatt said premiums for physical gold had "doubled" in the past week, but declined to provide any figures.

Mitsui Global Precious Metals said in a report that gold was trading at premiums of up to $3 an ounce over the spot price in Hong Kong Monday.

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