US Mint Sales: Bullion Coins Soar, Quarters Proof Set Ends

by Mike Unser on May 13, 2010 · 4 comments

US Mint Sales Figures ImageThere is little excitement in glancing over the latest round of United States Mint sales figures for collector coins and sets, but the pulse quickens when watching how fast gold and silver bullions coins fly out of Mint doors.

Nearly all numismatic products slowed. Several were actually trimmed to significantly lower levels than previously reported, as if the Mint reconciled a few weeks of returns and cancellations.

The most recognized decliner was the uncirculated Boy Scouts Silver Dollar. The commemorative, which sold out more than two weeks ago, was taken down by 1,375. Sales of the silver dollars are now at 97% of their maximum — which is an increase of less than half of a one percent over last week. (For further details, read the CoinNews article Boy Scouts Silver Dollar Sales: Proof 3% from Sellout.)

Also cut were uncirculated Tyler First Spouse Gold Coins. Letitia dropped by 69 and Julia by 28. Last week’s $25 per coin price increase was not helpful. The series registered one of their worst weeks, climbing as a group by only 133. Just the week before they had nearly doubled their previous gain, rising 785. Record high gold prices pushed the 24-karat gold prices up once again Wednesday, which may pressure sales even further.

One of the few shining products to talk about is the 2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set. They advanced 7,357 versus 4,341, and are now at 368,818 — not bad for less than three months of availability.

The new 5-coin 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set launches at noon Eastern Time today, which means the 6-coin 2009 DC & US Territories Quarters Proof Set will go off sale. Recent weekly increases have been sub 600, with the latest at 360. Their total currently stands at 608,830. The 2010 quarters honor national parks in Arkansas, Wyoming, California, and Arizona as well as a national forest in Oregon. Tens of thousands will be sold by next week. The annual quarter sets are one of the more popular US Mint offerings.

As mentioned, bullion American coins are on fire, driven by all-time record gold prices and the highest silver prices since March 2008. Compared to last week’s report, the:

  • 24-karat bullion American Gold Buffalos are up 20,000, rising to 33,500 in May
  • 22-karat bullion American Gold Eagles jumped 39,500, reaching 57,000 in May
  • Bullion American Silver Eagles soared more than 1.1 million, hitting 1,508,500 for May and impressively topping 13 million for the year

With precious metals prices not showing signs of a pullback, the Mint’s bullion coins should have another solid week.

The following tables contain the latest coin sales figures:

American Eagle Bullion Coin Sales

April May* 2010 Totals**
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 60,500 57,000 388,500
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 33,500 90,000
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 2,507,500 1,508,500 13,039,500
*The as of date for the bullion products is May 12, 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 137,781 138,551 770 0.56% 199,195 of 350,000
Uncirculated 60,479 60,644 165 0.27%

2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Proof 229,938 232,264 2,326 1.01% 339,560 of 350,000
Uncirculated 108,671 107,296 -1,375 -1.27%

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) 5,078 5,090 12 0.24% 8,185 of 40,000
Letitia Tyler Uncirculated (2009) 3,164 3,095 -69 -2.18%
Julia Tyler Proof (2009) 4,713 4,743 30 0.64% 7,494 of 40,000
Julia Tyler Uncirculated (2009) 2,779 2,751 -28 -1.01%
Sarah Polk Proof (2009) 4,545 4,561 16 0.35% 7,300 of 40,000
Sarah Polk Uncirculated (2009) 2,721 2,739 18 0.66%
Zachary Taylor Proof (2009) 3,607 3,640 33 0.91% 5,827 of 40,000
Zachary Taylor Uncirculated (2009) 2,168 2,187 19 0.88%
Abigail Fillmore Proof (2010) 3,827 3,882 55 1.44% 6,069 of 15,000
Abigail Fillmore Uncirculated (2010) 2,140 2,187 47 2.20%

United States Mint Proof Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2009 United States Mint Proof Set 1,466,019 1,466,755 736 0.05%
2009 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set 680,303 681,055 752 0.11%
2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set 361,461 368,818 7,357 2.04%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Proof Set 608,611 608,830 219 0.04%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set 278,715 279,075 360 0.13%

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 34,006 35,743 1,737 5.11%
2009 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 758,852 759,645 793 0.10%
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 13,962 -2 -0.01%
Letitia Tyler 9,711 9,689 -22 0.23%
Julia Tyler 9,290 9,296 6 0.06%  
Sarah Polk 8,831 8,857 26 0.29%  
Margaret Taylor 7,109 7,147 38 0.53%
Abigail Fillmore 5,525 5,693 168 3.04%

2010 Native American Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 26,351 26,760 409 1.55%
53,117
25-coin roll set (D) 25,920 26,357 437 1.69%

2010 Kennedy Half Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
200-coin bag (P&D) 4,730 4,776 46 0.97%
2-roll set (P&D) 23,178 23,423 245 1.06%

Hot Springs National Park Quarters

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,010 6,358 348 5.79% 12,170
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,561 5,812 251 4.51%
Two-Roll Set 29,150 30,527 1,377 4.72% 30,527

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 285,083 285,381 298 0.10%
2009 Presidency 250,851 251,387 536 0.21%
2009 Lincoln Proof Set 200,000 0 0 0%
NLA
2010 Lincoln Shield Cent 100,916 104,458

3,542

 

3.51%

NLA – No Longer Available.

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

  • First Spouse Gold Coin Sales Tumble, Prices Increase Again – FirstSpouseCoins.us
    It’s quite possible higher prices provoked a major blow to First Spouse Gold Coin sales after last week’s figures had almost doubled. In fact, sales hadn’t declined this much in over a month. How bad was it? The latest US Mint stats have the total at only …

  • US Mint Silver Coin Sales: Eagles Soar, Collector Coins Drop – SilverCoinsToday.com
    Sales of American Silver Eagle bullion coins picked up momentum last week, while numismatic silver coins continued to slow. None of the sets nor individual silver dollars beat their prior numbers, according to the latest United States Mint sales report …

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of May 9, 2010.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jefferson May 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

The U.S. is now a failed State.
Buy Gold and Silver and you will survive the impending Hyperinflation.
Buy food so your children can eat.
Buy bullets to defend you personage
It’s coming

Christopher Wyatt May 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Why do people keep describing the Gold Eagle as a “22-karat” coin?

First of all, while the word ‘carat’ is abbreviated as ‘k’, the proper spelling is actually with a ‘c’ as in carat, not karat.

More importantly, however, the U.S. Gold Eagle is a .999 Fine Coin- which is a much higher level of refining than 22-carat. If You were to convert .999 Fine in to a carat measurement it would be 23.976k, not 22k. I can forgive You b/c there’s also lots of other people who make the same mistake, but PLEASE, get it straight!!

Christopher Wyatt May 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Oops, I guess I goofed… everywhere I go describes the American Eagle as .917 fine coin, which is 22k. Why did I always think it was .999 instead? Hmm, sorry for the mix-up!

Joe Man May 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm

The Gold American Eagle IS 22k(carat). 1 oz. fine(.999)Gold IS imprinted on the coin because there Is in fact 1 ounce of fine Gold in the coin. If you happen to have a Gold Buffulo and an American Eagle, weigh one and then the other. The Eagle weighs more, not much but it does. The Eagle does contain 1 oz of pure Gold But also other metal. Thats why it weighs a tad more than an ounce. Ask the Mint if it is 22k(carat). The U.S. is the only country that gets by with this. They are not lying when they say it contains 1 ounce of pure Gold, it doe’s. Just like 1 1/4 oz of 18k(carat) Contains 1 ounce of Pure Gold. You could in fact make a coin out of 1 and 1/4 ounce of 18k and say that contains 1 ounce of Pure Gold. That would not be an untruth. It would just weigh more. 22 carat is 22 carat.

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