US Mint Sales: Proof Sets Soar, Braille Dollars Plunge, Rail Splitters Pass 25 Million

by Mike Unser on June 10, 2009 · 0 comments

US Mint Sales Figures ImageThe latest batch of US Mint sales show soaring 2009 Proof Sets, Braille Silver Dollars collapsing, Guam quarters sizzling, Rail Splitter cents rising and UHR $20s normalizing.

The Mint’s 18-coin proof set went on sale Monday, June 1. In a blazing rage, collectors purchased 437,178 of the sets in a single week. For more on this story, read the CoinNews article: Soaring 2009 Proof Set Sales.

In contrast, Braille Silver Dollars had what can only be described as a back-breaking week. For whatever reason — the Mint does not indicate the whys in weekly reports — the uncirculated coins tumbled to levels of prior weeks. 2,071 were subtracted from the Mint’s previously reported sales figures. The proof option was an exception as sales increased by 1 percent.

The freshly released Guam quarters are selling remarkably well in bags and rolls. For more than a week the 1000-coin bags have been listed on the Mint’s site as "temporarily unavailable." The sales figures for these barely moved (they in fact declined just a touch). The 100-coin bags and two-roll sets, however, are tracking in with increases over the prior figures between 59 and 70 percent.

Lincoln Rail Splitter cents in two-roll sets have passed another milestone. 13,192 more were added to the total, bringing the number of new pennies purchased by collectors to over 25 million. With 250,557 of the sets sold at $8.95 each, the Mint has grossed $2.24 million from $250,557 worth of pennies.

Ultra High Relief (UHR) $20 gold coin demand normalized following higher than typical sales during the prior week. The $50 UHR price increase on Wednesday, June 3, no doubt made them less appealing.

First Spouse Gold Coins also settled down following stronger than normal numbers last week. This round, five of the eight coins suffered from lower sales. For more on the series, read Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse Proof Coin Tops 6,000 in Sales.

With the exception of the already mentioned Braille dollars, sales of silver coins and sets improved across the board. Read US Silver Coin Sales for more.

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 64,851 65,623 772 1.2%

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 107,525 108,558 1,033 1.0%
Uncirculated 41,795 41,212 -583 -1.4%
Braille Easy-Open Capsule 19,244 17,756 -1,488 -7.7%

US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins

2009 US Mint Proof Set

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  437,178

US Mint coin information page: United States Mint 2009 Proof Set®

Guam Quarters

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 4,588 7,307 2,719 59.3% 13,960
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,924 6,653 2,729 69.5%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,354 1,353 -1 -0.1% 2,622
1000-Coin Bag (D) 1,273 1,269 -4 -0.3%
Two-Roll Set 15,701 25,369 9,668 61.6%
25,369

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

Puerto Rico Quarters*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 20,000 20,000 0 0.0% 37,295
100-Coin Bag (D) 17,295 17,295 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,047 1,047 0 0.0% 2,000
1000-Coin Bag (D) 953 953 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 41,669 41,669 0 0.0%
41,669

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
Current eBay auctions: US Mint Puerto Rico quarter rolls
Current eBay auctions: US Mint Puerto Rico quarter bags

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 237,365 250,557 13,192 5.6%

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

*Sold out/no longer sold.

The last reported sales figures are located at US Mint Sales – June 3. 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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