How obvious was that? Two years in a row, December's sales appear to be reported as January sales. The reports stop at the end of the year, and then a ton of sales are announce the first day of the new year. Is it an accounting thing, or is the US Mint trying to make ASE annual sales appear less than they really are?
Prior to last year, December has always been the biggest month for ASE sales, so it looks really suspicious that sales the last 2 years totally dried up in December, only to see millions of coins bought on Jan. 1.