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Silver Coin Sales Break Record for Second Straight Year

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For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Mint has logged record silver coin sales for the American Silver Eagles.

Sales of the popular .999 one-ounce silver coins totaled 495,000 on Monday, taking the 2014 sales tally to a record 42,854,000. That whopping figure handily beat the 2013 record of 42,675,000 silver coins.

Here's what's behind the robust silver coin sales, plus a look ahead at 2015...

Gold/Silver Ratio Points to Higher Silver Prices Ahead

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Last week I introduced the gold/silver ratio, which is a tool used to identify the relative values of these metals to each other. And I said I expect it to trend downward over time.

In fact, I expect this ratio to head much lower, which means big opportunities for silver.

Let's take a look at the reasons why the gold/silver ratio will drop - and what it means for silver prices in particular.

Want to Know Where August Silver Prices Are Headed? Watch the Speculators

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Silver prices have been sensitive to activities in the futures markets, with prices moving almost perfectly opposite to the amount of short contracts speculators hold.

This week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission released data that shows that silver contracts are mounting coming off weekly lows.

Here’s what that will do to August silver prices, and when to expect bigger advances.

Silver Price Forecast: Metal to Gain Ground in August on These Factors

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Silver's 3% drop in July was to be expected, given it was coming off an unsustainable and unprecedented June rally.

But now that the traders have taken their profits and the white metal is moving into a month that has in recent history produced impressive gains for silver, we could be on the cusp of a bull run to $24.

Here’s our new silver price forecast...

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