United States Government Makes Last Silver Sale

Press Release
November 10, 1970

United States Government Makes Last Silver Sale, November 10, 1970. Full text is duplicated in the body of this page.

The United States Treasury Department announced today that November 10, 1970, brings to a close the sale of surplus silver offered to the public at competitive sealed bids through the General Services Administration.

A balance of approximately 23 million ounces remains in the Treasury, of which about 15 million ounces is in bars containing gold and must be refined. The remaining 8 million ounces is in various forms and finenesses, most of which would require refining and processing to be of significant commercial value.

Since the GSA weekly sales program began on August 4, 1967, the United States Government has sold, through competitive bids, 305 million ounces of surplus silver. Of this total the United States Treasury supplied 212 million fine ounces obtained from the melting of silver dimes and quarters.

The estimated profit to the United States Government from the sale of silver under this program will be approximately $147 million.

Final sales and profit figures will not be available until early in December, 1970.

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