Gold and silver may be off their highs but that hasn’t hurt demand for gold and silver coins. Sales of silver eagle coins hit a new record last month and gold coin sales in January reached their highest level in almost 19 months.
"You can’t get [silver coins]. They sell out,” says legendary investor Jim Rogers. “Several mints have run out of coins…because everybody’s worried about the future of the world.”
Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings and author of the new book, "Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets," tells The Daily Ticker that he “wouldn’t rush in right now” to buy more coins, but he’s not selling them either.
Rogers says he’ll buy more gold only if prices fall further (gold is currently trading 12% below its record high of $1,900).
“Gold has been up 12 years in a row which is extremely unusual for anything," he notes.
Gold and silver, like most commodities, are priced in U.S. dollars. Rogers is not a fan of the greenback but is an owner because other currencies, such as the Japanese yen, are collapsing.
The yen has fallen to a 2-1/2 year low against the U.S. Dollar and has weakened against the euro as a result of the Bank of Japan's aggressive easy money policy.
The man who heads the Bank of Japan, Governor Masaaki Shirakawa, said Tuesday he would step down March 19, three weeks earlier than planned. He was presumably under pressure to ease even more aggressively in order to reverse Japan’s long-term deflation. Investors have turned bearish on the yen but Rogers says he is "contemplating buying some" because of the decline.
When asked which currency holds the most promise now, Rogers says it might be the Russian ruble although “he’s stunned” to hear himself say that.
”Russia has massive problems…that’s why the ruble is so cheap," he notes. "There’s great change taking place in Russia and whenever you can find a cheap place with massive positive change taking place you should buy all you can.”
In the meantime, he advises investors not to sell their gold and silver coins. "There is no paper money in 2014 or 2015 that will be worth much of anything," he says.
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