Monthly central bank statistics

Gold plays an important part in central banks’ reserves management, and they are significant holders of gold. This gold reserve data – compiled using IMF IFS statistics – tracks central banks’ reported purchases and sales along with gold as a percentage of their foreign exchange reserves.

Additional commentary around central bank purchases and sales can be found in Gold Demand Trends.

Official gold reserves

Data as of

Sources: Central Banks, ICE Benchmark Administration, International Monetary Fund, World Gold Council; Disclaimer

This chart was updated in - and reports data available at that time.

Length and frequency

Quarterly official gold holdings from 2000, as well as the latest available month-end data for the Top 100 holders.

Monthly and annual detailed changes in gold reserves from January 2002.

Annual sales by CBGA signatories from 1999 (updated monthly).

Update Schedule

Monthly files are updated within the first 10 days of the month (with data two months in arrears). Quarterly data is updated a month after the end of the quarter.

Units

Holdings are given in tonnes, US$ value and % of total reserves. Changes in holdings are measured in tonnes.