US Mint Sales: Bullion Coins Soars, 2010 Silver Eagles Hit Mintage Record

by Mike Unser on November 18, 2010 · 0 comments

The recent pullback from record gold and 30-year high silver prices has had the opposite effect on bullion coins, US Mint sales figures indicate.

Mint Coins

Demand for bullion American Gold Eagles and American Silver Eagles is searing, with the latter hitting an all-time mintage record. U.S. Mint numismatic coins were mixed, with the collector version of the Gold Eagles sparking their own fire.

First up for review are current sales of United States Mint bullion coins. These do not have the production West Point "W" mintmark nor the special finishes of the collector proof coins. They are also less expensive than the collectible versions.

2010 Silver Eagle bullion coins shouted in the last sales report when their numbers picked up by more than 1.3 million. This week the .999 fine silver bullion coins are screaming with a 7-day increase of nearly 1.6 million, which:

  • Lifted their November sales over October, making this month the 4th best in 2010
  • Improved their annual sales record
  • Gave 2010 Silver Eagles the all-time mintage record

Sales of the bullion coins reached an annual record earlier this month after passing the 28.7 million level set in 2009. However, since a significant number of 2009-dated coins were sold in late 2008 and into 2010, the 2009 Silver Eagle held the mintage record with a total of 30,459,000 — more than the actual number of coins that were sold in 2009.

The U.S. Mint began selling 2010-dated bullion coins on January 19. Despite their late start and the extended selling period given to the 2009s, buyers have now purchased 31,438,000 of the 2010 Silver Eagles. That gives them the new, and what will become an even higher mintage record as the weeks go by — a significant feat for a series that dates back to 1986

American Gold Eagle bullion coins are enjoying their own rally. While the fractional one-fourth ounce and one-tenth ounce sizes remained unchanged, the one-half ounce added another 3,000, bringing them to 43,000 for the year.

One-ounce Gold Eagles advanced 28,000 versus the 24,000 gain reported in last week’s US Mint sales report. The more expensive 22-karat gold pieces are not yet surpassing prior monthly sales like their silver coin counterpart. However, if their momentum is maintained, November will end up as their third best month this year.

Finally, and touching briefly on collector coin sales which are broken out in the tables below, annual proof and uncirculated sets were mixed, 2010 America the Beautiful Quarter bags and rolls were up nearly across the board, coin and medal sets all performed better and collectible 24 karat gold coins improved.

All 2010 Proof Gold Eagles are moving even faster than last week’s accelerated pace. The one-half and one-tenth ounce sizes showed marked gains. The four-coin set continues to be the Mint’s best seller following the sell out of the single one-ounce option. Buyers snapped up 5,233 more compared to the previous 4,639. As of Sunday, 58.1 percent of the maximum 39,000 have been sold.

The following tables show the latest coin sales figures as reported by the US Mint:

American Bullion Coin Sales

November Weekly Increase 2010 Totals**
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 59,500 28,000 1,036,500
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz 4,000 3,000 43,000
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz 2,000 0 58,000
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz 5,000 0 385,000
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 209,000/ Sold Out
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 3,175,000 1,585,000 31,805,500

*The as of date for the bullion products is November 17. ** Includes 51,000 of the 2009-dated 1 oz Gold Eagles sold this year. Includes 367,500 of the 2009-dated Silver Eagle coins sold in January.

 

US Mint Collector Coin Sales

American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
Proof 177,606 179,601 1,995 1.12% 252,575
of
350,000
Uncirculated 72,248 72,974 726 1.00%

Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar*

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
Notes
Mintage
Proof 245,000 245,000 0 Sold Out 350,000
Uncirculated 105,000 105,000 0 Sold Out

American Platinum Proof Coin

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
Notes
Mintage
1 ounce 10,000 10,000 0 Sold Out
10,000

American Eagle Gold Proof Coins

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
1 oz 25,000 25,000 0 0.00%
1/2 oz 4,002 5,697 1,695 42.35%
1/4 oz 4,413 4,974 561 12.71%
1/10 oz 10,411 12,033 1,622 15.58%
4-Coin Set 17,424 22,657 5,233 30.03%

American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
1 ounce 38,895 39,914 1,019 2.62%

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)* 5,157 5,157 0 0.00% 8,658
of
40,000
Sarah Polk Uncirculated (2009)* 3,501 3,501 0 0.00%
Taylor Proof (2009) 4,666 4,755 89 1.91% 8,170
of
40,000
Taylor Uncirculated (2009) 3,351 3,415 64 1.91%
Fillmore Proof (2010) 5,130 5,160 30 0.58% 8,369
of
15,000
Fillmore Uncirculated (2010) 3,183 3,209 26 0.82%
Jane Pierce Proof (2010) 4,153 4,207 54 1.30% 6,907
of
15,000
Jane Pierce Uncirculated (2010) 2,642 2,700 58 2.20%
Buchanan’s Liberty Proof (2010) 6,158 6,318 160 2.60% 10,387
of
15,000
Buchanan’s Liberty Uncirculated (2010) 3,992 4,069 77 1.93%

United States Mint Proof Sets

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2010 US Mint Proof Set 843,587 873,770 30,183 3.58%
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 228,880 231,760 2,880 1.26%
2010 Silver Proof Set 418,552 428,968 10,416 2.49%
2010 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set 477,077 480,269 3,192 0.67%
2010 America The Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 203,445 206,939 3,494 1.72%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Proof Set 625,011 625,986 975 0.16%
2009 DC/Territories Quarters Silver Proof Set* 300,259 299,151 -1,108 -0.37%  

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2010 US Mint Uncirculated Set 470,409 478,965 8,556 1.82%
2010 Presidential Uncirculated Set 78,513 81,000 2,487 3.17%
2009 US 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% NLA
Letitia Tyler 9,695 9,695 0 0.00% NLA
Julia Tyler 9,759 9,759 0 0.00%  
Sarah Polk 9,680 9,764 84 0.87%  
Margaret Taylor 8,506 8,597 91 1.07%
Abigail Fillmore 8,383 8,461 78 0.93%
Jane Pierce 6,127 6,209 82 1.34%
Buchanan’s Liberty 4,375 4,503 128 0.00%

Presidential $1 Coin Covers

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
William Henry Harrison 28,728 28,763 35 0.12%
John Tyler 25,517 25,547 30 0.12%  
James K. Polk 23,735 23,771 36 0.15%  
Zachary Taylor 22,554 22,602 48 0.21%  
Millard Fillmore 21,245 21,300 55 0.26%  
Franklin Pierce 19,224 19,287 63 0.33%
James Buchanan 16,542 16,654 112 0.68%

2010 Millard Fillmore $1 Coin Rolls

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 37,384 37,426 42 0.11%
73,218
25-coin roll set (D) 35,754 35,792 38 0.11%

Franklin Pierce $1 Coin Rolls

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 33,657 33,722 65 0.19%
67,043
25-coin roll set (D) 33,263 33,321 58 0.17%

James Buchanan $1 Coin Rolls

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 30,850 31,018 168 0.54%
61,820
25-coin roll set (D) 30,661 30,802 141 0.46%

Native American Dollar Rolls

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 35,263 35,370 107 0.30%
70,647
25-coin roll set (D) 35,167 35,277 110 0.31%

Kennedy Half Dollar Rolls

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
200-coin bag (P&D) 7,756 7,826 70 0.90%
2-roll set (P&D) 32,325 32,566 241 0.75%

Grand Canyon National Park Quarters

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 5,238 5,317 79 1.51% 10,931
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,520 5,614 94 1.70%
Two-Roll Set 28,386 28,758 372 1.31% 28,758

Yosemite National Park Quarters

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,235 6,278 43 0.69% 12,442
100-Coin Bag (D) 6,121 6,164 43 0.70%
Two-Roll Set 33,304 33,497 193 0.58% 33,497

Yellowstone National Park Quarters

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,537 7,566 29 0.38% 15,636
100-Coin Bag (D) 8,035 8,070 35 0.44%
Two-Roll Set 38,942 39,098 156 0.40% 38,098

Hot Springs National Park Quarters

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 9,094 9,115 21 0.23% 17,591
100-Coin Bag (D) 8,454 8,476 22 0.26%
Two-Roll Set 44,365 44,500 135 0.30% 44,500

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 294,083 294,083 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Presidency 264,700 264,700 0 0.0%
NLA
2009 Lincoln Proof Set 200,000 200,000 0 0.0%
NLA
2010 Lincoln Shield Cent 160,653 161,576 923 0.57%

 

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of November 14, 2010.

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