SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Gold edged down on Thursday, after rising more than 1 percent in the previous session, as speculators booked profits and investors cut their holdings on bullion exchange-traded funds to their lowest since early 2009.
* Spot gold fell $2.78 an ounce to $1,469.41 by 0045 GMT, with gains in equities also weighing on prices. Gold hit an intraday high around $1,476 on Wednesday on physical buying and a drop in the dollar against the euro.
* U.S. gold was at $1,468.90 an ounce, down $4.80.
* SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.60 percent to 1,051.47 tonnes on Wednesday from 1057.79 tonnes on Tuesday.
* The U.S. Mint will limit dealers' purchases of its "America the Beautiful" five-ounce silver bullion coins when they go on sale next week, reflecting soaring physical demand after a sharp selloff in precious metals.
(Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Himani Sarkar)