The silver price has been hammered this week, slipping Wednesday to $15.13 per ounce, its lowest point since February 2010. Though it's recovered a little since then, reaching a high of $15.45 Thursday morning before settling back down closer to the $15.35 level, the metal's prospects still look shaky, with many questioning whether further losses are yet to come. However, amidst all that gloom, there's a bright side: silver coin sales. The US Mint on Wednesday said that it has temporarily sold out of American Eagle silver coins due to "tremendous" demand over the past few weeks. According to Reuters, it will keep producing 2014-dated coins, but has not said when they will be available. October sales shine The sell out is not exactly a surprise. Bloomberg reported on October 31 that the US Mint's American Eagle silver coin sales jumped 40 percent in October, hitting a 21-month high. Specifically, it sold 5.79 million ounces worth of the coins, the most since January 2013, when it set an all-time sales record of 7.5 million ounces. Beyond that, Michael Kramer, president of MTB, a dealer authorized to buy coins directly from the US Mint, told the news outlet, "[w]e saw demand surge over the past two days. Business was almost triple than what it has been over the past few months." Outside the US Silver's low price has also contributed to high coin sales outside the US. SilverSeek.com said earlier this week that German precious metals investors have jumped on the opportunity, with Andreas Heubach, CEO of Heubach Edelmetalle, commenting that on October 30 and 31, "people had to draw numbers in order for us to control the run. On both days we sold each around 40,000 silver ounces - incredible." He added, "[d]emand is back — and hysteria as well."