Silver pared losses and was down 0.5 percent at $14.11 an ounce, having earlier dropped to a 2-1/2-month low at $13.99 an ounce. Platinum was down 1 percent at $841.75 an ounce, after falling to a seven-year low at $840.40 an ounce. Palladium was down 1.5 percent at $532.75 an ounce, after falling to $525 an ounce, the lowest since late August.
Spot gold prices were on track to settle higher, if only slightly, for the first time in seven sessions after falling on pressure from prospects for the first U.S. interest rate hike in nearly a decade in December. Prior to the minutes, market odds for a December hike moved to 66 percent from around 30 percent.
Higher rates would increase the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding metal.
"The market is focused on a December rate hike and the positioning in gold has become quite bearish again very rapidly in the futures market," Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke said prior to the release of the Fed minutes.
The dollar steadied against a basket of currencies , retreating from an earlier seven-month high, while U.S. shares rose.