US Mint Weekly Sales: 2009 Bullion Gold Eagles Take Lead

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 31, 2009 · 0 comments

US Mint Sales Figures ImageIf the United States Mint was hoping for strong Christmas week sales from Santa, unfortunately, they were disappointed. For the third straight week figures show significant drops in volume almost across the board for collector coins.

Only a few meager entries managed a positive change, but the overall results are not too rosy. Of course, this time of year one would expect a lack of interest in the hobby with thoughts turning to travel and family and friends. Even those individuals who thought ahead to give coins as gifts had to plan that out weeks ago and place their orders to insure delivery before Christmas.

The only true beacon of light on the US Mint’s sales for the week were American Eagle bullion coins. The 1 oz Gold Eagle versions, which were just made available from the Mint again on December 15th after having been suspended due to demand, are up to 1,303,500 for the year. That was a jump of 47,500 for one week. And this is with an allocation program in place on strikes, meaning the Mint’s authorized purchasers are limited in the amounts they can order.

1 oz Silver Eagles are being rationed as well, but that did not stop their numbers from rising to 28,680,500 for the year, an increase of 281,500 in just the one week.

A few other interesting items from the weekly sales report:

  • While the numbers are not exactly stellar, the 2009 D.C. and Territories First Day Coin Covers have been holding their own the last few weeks, something most other products have been unable to do. Covering the five releases for the year (District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands), the coin covers actually saw an improvement in sales this last week with a total number sold of 1,045. This compares to 1,022 last week. Again, not earth-shattering, but a nice gain.

  • The Mint reported a total of 1,384 of the 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Coins sold last week. While not as high as the previous week, it still shows a nice demand for the issues. UHR sales stop at 3 PM (Eastern) on December 31, 2009.

  • Showing a goose-egg were the 2009 Kennedy Half-Dollar 2-Roll sets. This is because the Mint sold out their supply last week. Produced only for collector demand and not placed into circulation since 2002, the 2009 rolls were first available in January. The set includes a roll of 20 coins from the Mint in Philadelphia and a roll of 20 coins from the Mint in Denver and sold for $32.95. For the year, the Mint shows total sales at 39,459 sets.

With many collectors at home on vacation between Christmas and New Years, momentum in the hobby seems to be picking up slightly by some reports compared to the last few weeks. It will be interesting to see if this translates into higher sales when the Mint releases its next set of sales figures.

Other major US Mint coin sales follow:

American Bullion Coin Sales: December

DECEMBER* YEAR-TO-DATE
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 110,000 1,303,500
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz** 110,000 110,000
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz** 110,000 110,000
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz** 270,000 270,000
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz** 16,000 200,000
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 2,687,500 28,680,500
*As of Dec. 30, 2009. **Sold Out.

 

US Mint Collector Coin Sales

(Data compare previous to current Mint sales reports)

American Platinum Proof Coin*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 8,000 0 0 0.0%

US Mint information page: 2009 American Eagle One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin
CoinNews article: US Mint Launches Platinum Eagle Proof

American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 41,553 42,075 522 1.26%

US Mint information page: 2009 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin
CoinNews article: Gold Buffalo Proof Coins

UHR Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 110,681 112,065 1,384 1.25%

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

2009 US Mint Proof Set

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  1,392,782 1,404,051 11,269 0.81%

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

US Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  628,289 634,754 6,465 1.03%

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

2009 US Mint Uncirculated Set

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  657,322 668,139 10,817 1.65%

US Mint coin information page: United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®
CoinNews article: 2009 US Mint Set

2009 Presidential Dollar Proof Set

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  613,721 615,853 2,132 0.35%

US Mint coin information page: US Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set CoinNews article: 2009 Presidential Dollar Coin Proof Set

2009 Presidential Dollar Uncirculated Set (P&D)

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
  98,658 99,270 612 0.62%

US Mint coin information page: Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set
CoinNews article: 2009 Uncirculated Presidential Dollar Coin Set

Louis Braille Silver Dollar*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof 135,235 0 0 0%
Uncirculated 48,863 0 0 0%
Braille Easy-Open Capsule 23,078 0 0 0%  
Braille Education Set 10,698 0 0 0%

US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins

Lincoln Silver Dollar Sales*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof 325,000 0 0 0.0%
Uncirculated 125,000 0 0 0.0%
Chronicles Set 50,000 0 0 0.0%

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

2009 Lincoln Cents

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Birthplace Rolls * 96,000 0 0 0.0%
Formative Years Rolls* 300,000 0 0 0.0%
Professional Life 262,651 264,506 1,855 0.71%
Presidency 203,577 207,582 4,005 1.97%
2009 Lincoln Proof Set* 201,107 0 0 0.0%

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

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Sales

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 5,662 6,015 353 6.23% 11,857
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,491 1,335 42 3.25%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,293 5,842 351 6.39% 2,013
1000-Coin Bag (D) 663 678 15 2.26%
Two-Roll Set 25,158 26,445 1,287 5.12% 25,158

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Bags & Rolls

US Virgin Islands Quarter Sales*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,203 7,203 0 0.0% 14,240
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,037 7,037 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,219 1,219 0 0.0% 2,400
1000-Coin Bag (D) 1,181 1,181 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 31,925 31,925 0 0.0% 31,925

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: US Virgin Islands Quarter Bags & Rolls

American Samoa Quarter Sales*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,325 7,325 0 0.0% 14,510
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,185 7,185 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,499 1,499 0 0.0% 2,933
1000-Coin Bag (D) 1,434 1,434 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 33,865 33,865 0 0.0% 33,865

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: American Samoa Quarters in Bags and Rolls

Guam Quarters*

Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 13,012 13,012 0 0.0% 25,349
100-Coin Bag (D) 12,337 12,337 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,487 1,487 0 0.0% 2,821
1000-Coin Bag (D) 1,334 1,334 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set 38,231 38,231 0 0.0%
38,231

US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: Guam Quarters in US Mint Bags and Rolls

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

*Sold out or no longer available.

Click here for a full listing of the US Mint sales report.

Notable summaries of sales articles this week from CoinNews and sister sites follow:

 

  • First Spouse Gold Sales Weaken During Holiday – FirstSpouseCoins.us
    Post holiday US Mint sales figures were a little frightful, since only a few more than one hundred First Spouse Gold Coins were added. The total sold was 113, compared to last week’s 506. Needless to say, these coins were not on many collectors’ minds. The most popular Spouse coins were the Proof Margaret Taylor’s, Sarah Polk’s and Julia Tyler’s. Each managed 46, 25, and 22 respectively. On the opposite side of the spectrum was the Uncirculated Margaret Taylor coin. It declined by negative 15 …

  • US Mint Sales: 2009 Silver Eagles Peak, Collector Coins Weak – SilverCoinsToday.com
    The latest United States Mint sales report shows robust 2009 Silver Eagle bullion figures, but weakening numismatic silver coin demand. The bullion Silver Eagles just came off their most recent suspension on Dec. 7. Since then, and despite their allocated or rationed distribution, the US Mint has sold 2,687,500 to their small group of authorized dealers, marking the second best December for Silver Eagles since …
  • 2009 Lincoln Cent Update, Proof Set Sold Out – 2009LincolnPennies.com
    Sales for products with 2009 Lincoln Cents were down this week, according to the latest United States Mint sales figures. That’s no surprise, because lower sales is typical for most everything from the Mint once the holiday delivery deadline passes. The most notable news update is that the Lincoln Cent Proof Sets are no longer available from the US Mint. The sets were removed from the Mint web site sometime around Dec. 21 …
  • 2009 Fractional Gold Eagle Sell Out Figures – CoinNews.net
    2009 Fractional American Gold Eagle bullion coins are in the history books with leading sales figures, despite their late launch and quick sell out. Having only been released on Dec. 3, 2009, the coins in the fractional sizes of one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce weights recorded smashing release day sales — 345,000 were sold for a total of 58,000 ounces of gold …

 

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of Dec. 27. For an always updated reference of the latest articles, visit US Mint Sales.

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