US Mint Sales: Gold Coins Jump as Gold Prices Hit 2010 Highs

by Mike Unser on May 6, 2010 · 0 comments

US Mint Sales Figures ImageThe latest United States Mint sales report reveals that gold coins, silver eagles and silver proof sets were the hottest products last week. Most other US Mint offerings moved along almost sluggishly.

Bullion American Gold Eagles edged up to 349,000 for the year, and closed April with 60,500 sold. More excitement was found with bullion American Buffalo Gold Coins. They hit 56,500 in their two-day April debut — pulling 48,500 on the first day alone. They are already sitting at 70,000, which is 21.7% of the number sold in their initial 2006 year, 41.8% of their 2007 total, 40.7% of the sales in 2008 and 35.0% of the 2009 level.

First Spouse Gold Coins nearly doubled their prior weekly gains. 785 were ordered compared to 404. While collectors are less sensitive to daily gold fluctuations when buying numismatic coins, they are not blind to them either. Record 2010 gold highs and the fact that the spouse series just missed out on price increases last week certainly helped the one-half ounce gold pieces — they broke away from a two-week declining sales trend.

As of this writing, gold has just reached another high for the year and is making a run for $1,200 an ounce. But prices also increased for the 24 karat coins on Wednesday to their highest levels ever. The place to expect the better numbers this week should be the coins that are most sensitive to gold’s daily moves — the bullion Buffalos and Eagles.

Bullion American Silver Eagles had their own rallying cry. 337,500 were sold in the final two days of April and 405,000 during the first five days of May. Unlike gold, silver prices have plunged in recent days. They tumbled $1.31 in the last two days alone. On a positive note, eagle sales could benefit should a "buy on the dip" mentality emerge.

Better demand was seen for silver proof sets. All other Mint proof and uncirculated sets stepped back. The 2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set advanced 1,531 compared to last week’s 1,305. It was their best surge since March. They also topped 680,000. The 2009 DC and Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set climbed 539 compared to 481.

Finally, and in another milestone, two-roll sets of the 2010 Lincoln cents passed the 100,000 barrier.

The following tables contain the latest US Mint coin sales figures:

American Eagle Bullion Coin Sales

April May* 2010 Totals**
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 60,500 17,500 349,000
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz 0 0 0
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz 0 0 0
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz 0 0 0
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 56,500 13,500 70,000
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 2,507,500 405,000 11,936,000
*The as of date for the bullion products is May 5, 2010. ** Includes 51,000 of the 2009-dated Gold Eagles sold this year. Includes 367,500 of the 2009-dated Silver Eagle coins sold in January.

 

US Mint Collector Coin Sales

(Data compare previous to current Mint sales reports)

2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Proof 136,555 137,781 1,226 0.90% 198,260 of 350,000
Uncirculated 59,914 60,479 565 0.94%

2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Proof 223,310 229,938 6,628 2.97% 338,609 of 350,000
Uncirculated 107,292 108,671 1,379 1.29%

2009 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 49,388 49,388 0 0.00%
NLA

First Spouse Gold Coins

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Harrison Proof (2009)* 6,250 6,250 0 0.00% NLA
Harrison Uncirculated (2009)* 3,537 3,537 0 0.00%
Letitia Tyler Proof (2009) 5,037 5,078 41 0.81% 8,242 of 40,000
Letitia Tyler Uncirculated (2009) 3,026 3,164 138 4.56%
Julia Tyler Proof (2009) 4,681 4,713 32 0.68% 7,492 of 40,000
Julia Tyler Uncirculated (2009) 2,698 2,779 81 3.00%
Sarah Polk Proof (2009) 4,505 4,545 40 0.89% 7,266 of 40,000
Sarah Polk Uncirculated (2009) 2,699 2,721 22 0.82%
Zachary Taylor Proof (2009) 3,554 3,607 53 1.49% 5,775 of 40,000
Zachary Taylor Uncirculated (2009) 1,997 2,168 171 8.56%
Abigail Fillmore Proof (2010) 3,692 3,827 135 3.66% 5,967 of 15,000
Abigail Fillmore Uncirculated (2010) 2,068 2,140 72 3.48%

United States Mint Proof Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2009 United States Mint Proof Set 1,464,897 1,466,019 1,122 0.08%
2009 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set 678,772 680,303 1,531 0.23%
2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set 357,120 361,461 4,341 1.22%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Proof Set 608,132 608,611 479 0.08%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set 278,176 278,715 539 0.19%

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 30,854 34,006 3,152 10.22%
2009 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 757,115 758,852 1,737 0.23%
2009 Presidential Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set™ (P&D) 105,059 105,059 0 0.00% NLA

Presidential Coins & First Spouse Medal Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
William Henry Harrison 13,964 13,964 0 0.00%
Letitia Tyler 9,709 9,711 2 0.02%
Julia Tyler 9,258 9,290 32 0.35%  
Sarah Polk 8,795 8,831 36 0.41%  
Margaret Taylor 7,054 7,109 55 0.78%
Abigail Fillmore 5,313 5,525 212 3.99%

2010 Native American Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 25,888 26,351 463 1.79%
52,271
25-coin roll set (D) 25,420 25,920 500 1.97%

2010 Kennedy Half Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
200-coin bag (P&D) 4,445 4,730 285 6.41%
2-roll set (P&D) 22,860 23,178 318 1.39%

Hot Springs National Park Quarters

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 5,268 6,010 742 14.09% 11,571
100-Coin Bag (D) 4,915 5,561 646 13.14%
Two-Roll Set 25,983 29,150 3,167 12.19% 29,150

Northern Mariana Islands Quarters

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,778 7,778 0 0.00% 15,178
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,400 7,400 0 0.00%
1000-Coin Bag (P) 1,491 1,491 0 0.00% 2,283
1000-Coin Bag (D) 792 792 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 33,788 33,788 0 0.00% 33,788

Lincoln Cents

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2009 Birthplace Rolls 96,000 0 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Formative Years Rolls 300,000 0 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Professional Life 284,558 285,083 525 0.18%
2009 Presidency 250,096 250,851 755 0.30%
2009 Lincoln Proof Set 200,000 0 0 0%
NLA
2010 Lincoln Shield Cent 94,240 100,916

6,676

 

7.08%

NLA – No Longer Available.

Notable links for sales related articles from sister CoinNews’ sites follow:

  • First Spouse Gold Coins Jump Before Price Increase – FirstSpouseCoins.us
    Buyers, no doubt, recognized the increasing gold value of the 24-karat half ounce coins when the London Fix gold price grew… The Letitia Tyler coins will be the next to leave the U.S. Mint’s availability list when the 2010 Jane Pierce coins arrive in June…

  • Few Boy Scouts Commemoratives Left – SilverCoinsToday.com
    Only a few 2010 Boy Scouts of America Silver Dollars remain available from the US Mint, and a total sell out could happen any day — although it looks like it may take several at least given the latest pace numbers. Just 11,391 were left as of Sunday…

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of May 2, 2010.

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