The U.S. mint has sold a record amount of American Silver eagles in 2014. With two weeks remaining in 2014 the Mint has already sold 42,864,000 coins and surpassed last year’s sales record of 42,765,000 coins.

The mint has sold 82 silver eagles for every gold eagle in 2014, up from 50 to 1 in 2013. Since the silver eagle was introduced in 1986 the U.S mint has sold over 400 million coins. Sales for silver coins have exploded since the start of the 2008 economic crises. Typically silver eagles are bought by retail investors looking to protect their wealth from inflation and economic crises.