Monster boxes are the only way the "bullion" coins are sold from the Mint, and they do indeed sell only to authorized dealers. The only coins the Mint sells directly to consumers are individual proof and uncirculated, which are highly overpriced and are just for numismatists. They charge the dealers $2 per coin over spot for the silver eagles, and 3%, 5%, 7% and 9% per coin over spot for the 1/10 oz., 1/4 oz., 1/2 oz., and 1 oz. gold eagles.
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