US Mint Sales: Rail Splitter Cents Jump, Braille Silver Dollars Surge

by Mike Unser on May 28, 2009 · 1 comment

US Mint Sales Figures ImageLincoln Rail Splitter cents are still in demand, Braille Silver Dollar sales surge, Puerto Rico quarters are expired and UHR $20 gold coins continue mostly at their regular pace.

Repeating what most coin collectors already know, the Lincoln Rail Splitter cent went on sale Thursday, May 14. By Sunday, 200,055 of the two-roll sets were sold, equating to more than 20 million pennies. Flash forward more than a week to the latest US Mint sales data… 22,771 more sets have sold for a total of 222,826. For background, read the CoinNews article from earlier this week entitled Lincoln Rail Splitter Sales “Normalizing”.

Two Braille Silver Dollars returned from their flight aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Sunday. During their orbital trip, sales of the coins experienced their own mini launch here on earth –although not to the 50,000 level the NFB wanted from the public. Still, 10,000 more Braille dollars were sold, which pushed the gas pedal down some. The proof jumped the most, rising a healthy 8.0 percent over the prior numbers. To date, 165,741 of the allotted 400,000 silver coins have been purchased.

Ultra High Relief (UHR) $20 gold coins eked out a slightly better than typical performance. 818 more of the coins were sold for a 1.3 percent increase.

When looking at the Puerto Rico quarters sales figures below, remember that the Philadelphia minted 100-coin bags sold out Friday. And the two-roll set and Denver minted 100-coin bag sales concluded on Tuesday following the Guam quarter release (expect first week sales figures for these next week). For a play-by-play table of weekly Puerto Rican quarter-dollar sales figures from beginning to end, read Mint Ends Puerto Rico Quarter Sales.

Last week’s report showed that demand for First Spouse Gold Coins picked up for six out of the eight options sold. These levels were not sustained. The latest tallies show a decline in sales for seven of eight coins. For more on the series, read First Spouse Gold Coin Sales Slide.

For stats on additional US Mint collector coins and sets not reported here, visit US Silver Coin Sales.

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 62,528 63,346 818 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 97,567 105,336 7,769 8.0%
Uncirculated 39,721 41,363 1,642 4.1%
Braille Easy-Open Capsule 18,408 19,042 634 3.4%

US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins

Puerto Rico Quarters

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 19,827 20,000 173 0.9% 37,295
100-Coin Bag (D) 16,534 17,295 761 4.6%
1000-Coin Bag (P)* 1,047 1,047 0.0% 2,000
1000-Coin Bag (D)* 953 953 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 39,652 41,669 2,017 5.1%
41,669

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 sets)

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Birthplace* 96,000 96,000 0 0.0%
Formative Years 200,055 222,826 22,771 11.4%

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 21. 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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Tim S. May 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

Recently visited the Philadelphia Mint on 5/22/09 and purchased one proof Lincoln silver dollar. They had a stack of them behind the counter for sale. I was surprised too see them for sale considering they were sold out. I guess they were sold out online and not necessarily at the Mint. They still may have some left if you have not visited there yet. Just some FYI.

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