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U.S. Mint Silver-Coin Sales Surge After Temporary Suspension

The U.S. Mint resumed sales of American Eagle silver coins after being suspended for more than a week because of a lack of inventory.

The Mint sold 1.123 million ounces of the coins yesterday, Michael White, a spokesman in Washington, said in a voice mail left late yesterday in response to questions from Bloomberg News. Before the suspension, sales this month totaled 6.01 million ounces, according to data on the Mint’s website. That compares with 6.107 million ounces in January 2012. White did not respond to e-mails or a voice mail left today.