US Mint Sales: Braille Dollars and Puerto Rico Quarters Decline, UHR’s Over 61K

by Mike Unser on May 14, 2009 · 0 comments

US Mint Sales Figures ImageCoin collectors have shifted into a lower buying gear during the last several days. While US Mint sales of UHR $20 gold pieces inched, or more aptly millimetered higher, demand fell for Braille Bicentennial Dollars and Puerto Rico quarters.

Ultra High Relief (UHR) $20 gold coins had just come in 27 short of 61,000 in the previous report. That number has been breached, plus 757 more. Sales increased 1.3 percent compared to the prior 1.0 percent rise. As a side note, the Mint increased the UHR price Wednesday by $50. That is likely to play into next week’s sales figures to some degree.

For the second straight time, Braille Bicentennial Dollar sales have declined. However, the newest batch of numbers are down substantially while those from last week remained impressive for a collection of coins that have been on sale since March 26. The tables below shows the tale, but suffice it to say, total new sales were down by more than 75 percent to just 4,617 compared the prior 20,306.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is hoping 50,000 coins will be purchased from the US Mint while two Braille Silver Dollars are in space on shuttle Atlantis for 11 days. That would be an astronomical launch in itself given the latest stats.

The demand for Puerto Rico quarters has apparently waned. But very interestingly, 100-coin Philadelphia bags are nearly on par with last week’s numbers while sales of the 100-coin Denver bag plummeted.

With sales of the Lincoln Rail Splitter Cent launching, initial stats for those coins should start to trickle in next week. For other US Mint collector coins and sets, visit Silver Coin Sales and First Spouse Coin Sales. The later shows an interesting increase for Louisa Adams First Spouse coins.

Here are the individual breakouts for each coin discussed above:

US Mint Sales Figure Tables

(Sales figures compare previous to current Mint sales reports)

2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 60,973 61,757 784 1.3%

US Mint coin information page: 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin
Current eBay auctions: 2009 UHR $20 Gold Coins

Louis Braille Silver Dollar Sales

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof 91,123 94,195 3,072 3.4%
Uncirculated 37,252 38,196 944 2.5%
Braille Easy-Open Capsule 16,933 17,534 601 3.5%

US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins

Puerto Rico Quarters

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 16,115 18,524 2,409 14.9% 33,755
100-Coin Bag (D) 14,600 15,231 631 4.3%
1000-Coin Bag (P)* 1,047 1,047 0.0% 2,000
1000-Coin Bag (D)* 953 953 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 34,437 36,456 2,019 5.9%
36,456

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles

Lincoln Silver Dollar Sales*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof 325,000 325,000 0 0.0%
Uncirculated 125,000 125,000 0 0.0%

US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins
Current eBay auctions: Uncirculated Proof

Lincoln Cent (Two-roll set)*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Birthplace 96,000 96,000 0 0.0%

US Mint coin information page: Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Sets
Current eBay auctions: 2009 Lincoln Birthplace Cents

*Sold out.

The last reported sales figures are located at US Mint Sales – May 7. The CoinNews collector tool page Mint Price Guide has been updated with the latest prices, coin premiums over bullion spots, and Mint sales figures.

NumisMaster has an image of all US Mint coin sales here.

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