US Mint Sales: Gold and Silver Bullion Coins Reach for Records

by Mike Unser on June 24, 2010 · 0 comments

US Mint Sales Figures Image United States Mint numismatic coin sales rose in a few areas last week, but Monday’s record gold prices and near $19.50 an ounce level for silver naturally draws investors and collectors more toward gold and silver bullion coins.

The U.S. Mint updated sales figures for those coins Thursday morning, and a few areas draw attention:

  • American Silver Eagles are a stone’s throw away from 18 million in sales this year, jumping 809,000 since last Wednesday, June 16, for 2,533,500 this month. Last year’s annual record of 28.7 million is clearly within reach. The pace, however, will have to pick up for June to surpass the 3,636,500 sold in May — the highest monthly level since 1986.
  • 1 oz American Gold Eagle bullion coins just topped 600,000. 34,000 more were added since last Wednesday, bringing June’s total to 79,500. The one ounce size is now competing with the three smaller 2010 fractional Gold Eagles. Those were released June 3 and now stand at a combined 339,500 for coins leaving Mint doors. Buyers have ordered 132,500 ounces of the four eagles this month. That already places June into the second best of month 2010.

  • 24-karat American Buffalo Gold bullion coins are moving slower, hurting as eyes focus on the other Mint gold options. The Buffalos were released April 29, with first day sales hitting 48,500. In contrast, a smaller 31,500 have been purchased this month. Still, the yearly total is now 158,500 and approaching the 200,000 sold before the Mint’s inventory ran out in 2009. They are much closer to breaking the annual 2007 and 2008 levels, which came in at 167,500 and 172,000, respectively.

Record gold prices are not translating into significant demand for collector gold coins which carry higher premiums.

First Spouse Gold Coins advanced 918 as a group, falling slightly behind their prior 975 weekly increase. Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coins registered the biggest unit gains, but their numbers continue to decline as the days pass from their June 3 release.

The 2010 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coins were also issued on June 3. Their weekly sales plummeted to 2,054 compared to the previous 9,465. Their current 19,519 total has only now passed the opening four-day sales of the 2009s which hit 19,468. (Then again, the 2009s were released in late October — a far more active time for collectors as compared to summer surrounding months.)

In other numismatic coins, the Mint imposed June 15 deadline for 2009 Lincoln cents and related products containing them — 2009 US Mint Proof Set, 2009 US Silver Proof Set, and the 2009 US Mint Uncirculated Set — proved to be a boon in sales that were highlighted in last week’s report. However, final stats for the sets were not available from the Mint, which means collectors will likely have to wait until audited numbers are published in 2011.

The Mint deadline of June 30 for 2009 DC and U.S. Territories First Day Coin Covers is attracting buyers as well. Each of the six coin covers noticeably improved over past weekly performances, as the below sales tables show:

American Bullion Coin Sales

May June 2010 Totals**
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 190,000 79,500 601,000
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz 0 31,000 31,000
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz 0 44,000 44,000
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz 0 265,000 265,000
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 70,500 31,500 158,500
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 3,636,500 2,533,500 17,701,000
*The as of date for the bullion products is June 24, 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 144,302 146,281 1,979 1.37% 209,565 of 350,000
Uncirculated 63,200 63,284 84 0.13%

2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Proof 243,800 245,000 1,200 0.49% 350,000 of 350,000
Uncirculated 105,000 105,000 0 0.00%

2010 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce 17,465 19,519 2,054 11.76%

First Spouse Gold Coins

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Mintage
Harrison Proof (2009)* 6,250 6,250 0 0.00% 9,787 of 40,000
Harrison Uncirculated (2009)* 3,537 3,537 0 0.00%
Letitia Tyler Proof (2009)* 5,163 5,163 0 0.00% 8,315 of 40,000
Letitia Tyler Uncirculated (2009)* 3,152 3,152 0 0.00%
Julia Tyler Proof (2009)* 4,830 4,830 0 0.00% 7,691 of 40,000
Julia Tyler Uncirculated (2009)* 2,861 2,861 0 0.00%
Sarah Polk Proof (2009) 4,727 4,783 56 1.18% 7,697 of 40,000
Sarah Polk Uncirculated (2009) 2,883 2,914 31 1.08%
Zachary Taylor Proof (2009) 3,887 3,944 57 1.47% 6,307 of 40,000
Zachary Taylor Uncirculated (2009) 2,315 2,363 48 2.07%
Abigail Fillmore Proof (2010) 4,391 4,466 75 1.71% 6,887 of 15,000
Abigail Fillmore Uncirculated (2010) 2,383 2,421 38 1.59%
Jane Pierce Proof (2010) 2,077 2,526 449 0.00% 3,766 of 15,000
Jane Pierce Uncirculated (2010) 1,076 1,240 164 0.00%

United States Mint Proof Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 131,641 142,703 11,062 8.40%
2009 United States Mint Proof Set 1,477,967 1,477,967 0 0.00% NLA
2009 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set 694,406 694,406 0 0.00% NLA
2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set 395,959 402,401 6,442 1.63%
2010 America The Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 105,176 114,887 9,711 9.23%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Proof Set 611,629 613,456 1,827 0.30%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set 282,445 283,634 1,189 0.42%

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 47,367 50,379 3,012 6.36%
2009 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 774,844 774,844 0 0.00% NLA
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 13,962 13,962 0 0.00%
Letitia Tyler 9,695 9,695 0 0.00%
Julia Tyler 9,394 9,443 49 0.52%  
Sarah Polk 8,962 8,996 34 0.38%  
Margaret Taylor 7,289 7,405 116 1.59%
Abigail Fillmore 6,214 6,364 150 2.41%

2010 Native American Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 28,037 28,455 418 1.49%
56,498
25-coin roll set (D) 27,608 28,043 435 1.58%

2010 Kennedy Half Dollar Rolls

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
200-coin bag (P&D) 5,230 5,349 119 2.28%
2-roll set (P&D) 24,651 25,203 552 2.24%

Yellowstone National Park Quarters

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 5,101 5,523 422 8.27% 11,454
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,526 5,931 405 7.33%
Two-Roll Set 26,416 27,948 1,532 5.80% 27,948

Hot Springs National Park Quarters

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,692 7,904 212 2.76% 15,194
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,089 7,290 201 2.84%
Two-Roll Set 36,934 37,855 921 2.49% 37,855

2009 DC and U.S. Territories First Day Coin Covers

Old Sales
Latest Sales
Gain/Loss
% Increase
Notes
District of Columbia 19,825 20,009 184 0.93%  
Puerto Rico 16,769 16,943 174 1.04%  
Guam 13,231 13,420 189 1.43%  
American Samoa 11,643 11,821 178 1.53%  
Virgin Islands 10,463 10,665 202 1.93%  
Northern Mariana Islands 9,959 10,187 228 2.29%  

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 96,000 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Formative Years Rolls 300,000 300,000 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Professional Life 291,534 294,083 2,549 0.87%
NLA
2009 Presidency 259,941 264,700 4,759 1.83%
NLA
2009 Lincoln Proof Set 200,000 200,000 0 0%
NLA
2010 Lincoln Shield Cent 122,716 127,030 4,314 3.52%

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of June 20, 2010.

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