US Mint Sales: American Gold Eagles and Gold Commemorative Coins Shine

by Mike Unser on August 11, 2011 · 0 comments

According to the latest round of United States Mint sales figures, silver coins were in higher demand but it was gold products that outperformed, including American Gold Eagles and gold commemorative coins.

2011 Proof Gold Coins - $50 American Gold Eagle, $5 U.S. Army and $5 Medal of Honor

The United States Mint reported higher sales for nearly every gold coin it offers, including each of the 2011 proof coins shown above ($50 American Gold Eagle, U.S. Army $5 Gold Commemorative and Medal of Honor $5 Gold Commemorative).

Gold has soared with several strings of record highs. It was the only precious metal to advance last week. These conditions translated well for United States Mint gold coins — both bullion and collector issues, as their sales pace quickened.

In specifics, all United States Mint gold commemorative coins came in with healthier week-over-week gains while companion commemorative silver dollars and 50c clads weakened. The Mint’s top commemorative seller was the proof Medal of Honor $5 gold piece, surging 1,123 versus the previous 89.

All sizes of American Gold Eagles improved as well. Investment versions enjoyed the highest unit sales. One-ounce bullion American Gold Eagles jumped 37,000, more than tripling their previous 7-day pick-up of 11,500. For collector proof American Gold Eagles, and although unit increases were much more modest, gains ranged higher by a quarter to more than two-thirds. The 1/4-ounce performed best, advancing 380 against 117.

Although all eyes are on the yellow metal with a bullish tint, the next sales round for gold coins may be challenged. United States Mint collector Gold Eagles, the proof Gold Buffalo, and each of the First Spouse Gold Coins now have significantly bigger sales barriers. The Mint halted gold coin sales for about 24 hours this week after gold prices blasted off. Subtract one day of availability. Additionally, each of them was tagged with price increases that ranged from $10 to $185. Their prices have never been higher.

While sales were slower than the previous week, demand was highest for the Mint’s less expensive silver products. A silver coin, silver medal or silver set appeared in four of the six top numismatic seller slots:

  1. 2011 Proof American Silver Eagles (+22,093)
  2. 2011-W 9/11 Medals (+13,568)
  3. 2011-P 9/11 Medals (+8,744)
  4. 2011 Proof Sets (+4,750)
  5. Ulysses Grant $1 (P) Rolls (+3,170)
  6. Mount Hood 5 Oz Silver Coin (+2,745)

The latest US Mint sales figures for bullion and collector coins and sets are available in the following tables:

US Mint Sales: Bullion Coins

  Prior Increase Latest Increase 2011 Totals*
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 3,500 8,000 101,500
American Gold Eagles 1 oz 11,500 37,000 613,000
American Gold Eagles 1/2 oz 1,000 1,000 60,000
American Gold Eagles 1/4 oz 2,000 2,000 68,000
American Gold Eagles 1/10 oz 10,000 15,000 290,000
American Silver Eagles 1 oz 716,500 845,500 26,375,500
Gettysburg 5 Oz Silver Sold Out 126,700
Glacier 5 Oz Silver Sold Out 126,700
Olympic 5 Oz Silver 80,700**
Vicksburg 5 Oz Silver 27,500**
Chickasaw 5 Oz Silver 15,200**

 

*The as of date for US Mint sales of 1-ounce and under bullion coins is Wednesday, August 10, 2011. For reference, 53,000 of the 2010-dated 1-ounce Gold Eagles remained for sale earlier this year and are included in the overall totals. The bullion sales figures also include 469,500 of the 2010-dated Silver Eagle bullion coins sold in January.

**The US Mint does not typically provide weekly per coin sales totals for the Olympic, Vicksburg and Chickasaw America the Beautiful 5-ounce Silver Bullion Coins. The individuals totals listed above are as of Tuesday, August 2.

The following are the latest tallies for US Mint collector products:

US Mint Sales: Numismatic Products

2011 Proof Silver Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 621,983 644,076 22,093 3.55%  

2011 American Gold Eagle Proof Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Limit
1 oz 24,961 25,465 504 2.02% 30,000
1/2 oz 3,046 3,296 250 8.21% 15,000
1/4 oz 4,767 5,147 380 7.97% 16,000
1/10 oz 11,017 11,493 476 4.32% 30,000
4-Coin Set 8,890 9,271 381 4.29% 40,000

2011 Uncirculated Gold Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 3,894 4,145 251 6.45%  

2011 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 14,822 15,487 665 4.49%  

2011 Proof American Platinum Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 8,771 8,847 76 0.87%  

2011 Army Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Coins 15,910 15,980 70 0.44% 22,243
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 6,186 6,263 77 1.24%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 107,379 107,699 320 0.30% 148,534
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 40,751 40,835 84 0.21%
50c Clad Proof Commemorative Coins 61,615 61,743 128 0.21% 97,071 of
750,000
50c Clad Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 35,273 35,328 55 0.16%

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Coins 15,032 16,155 1,123 7.47% 22,532
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 6,184 6,377 193 3.12%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 95,337 95,872 535 0.56% 132,849
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 36,888 36,977 89 0.24%

First Spouse Gold Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
Fillmore Proof (2010) 6,140 6,140 NLA 0.00% 9,629
of
15,000
Fillmore Uncirculated (2010) 3,489 3,489 NLA 0.00%
Jane Pierce Proof (2010) 4,843 4,843 NLA 0.00% 8,176
of
15,000
Jane Pierce Uncirculated (2010) 3,333 3,333 NLA 0.00%
Buchanan’s Liberty Proof (2010) 7,304 7,304 NLA 0.00% 12,652
of
15,000
Buchanan’s Liberty Uncirculated (2010) 5,348 5,348 NLA 0.00%
Mary Todd Lincoln Proof (2010) 6,570 6,610 40 0.61% 10,370
of
20,000
Mary Todd Lincoln Uncirculated (2010) 3,760 3,760 0 0.00%
Eliza Johnson Proof (2011) 3,109 3,163 54 1.74% 5,275
of
15,000
Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011) 2,072 2,112 40 1.93%
Julia Grant Proof (2011) 3,077 3,175 98 3.18% 5,244 of 15,000
Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011) 2,004 2,069 65 3.24%

United States Mint Proof Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 102,410 103,658 1,248 1.22%  
2011 Presidential $1 Proof Set 225,388 226,380 992 0.44%  
2011 Silver Proof Set 439,054 441,712 2,658 0.61%  
2011 Proof Set 792,609 797,359 4,750 0.60%  
2010 Proof Set 1,088,888 1,089,300 412 0.04%  
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 105,413 106,940 1,527 1.45%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 269,004 269,172 168 0.06%  
2010 Silver Proof Set 570,416 570,791 375 0.07%  
2010 Presidential $1 Proof Set 527,785 527,909 124 0.02%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 260,061 261,922 1,861 0.72%  

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 US Mint Uncirculated Set 409,269 411,559 2,290 0.56%  
2010 US Mint Uncirculated Set 575,178 575,342 164 0.03%  
2011 Presidential Uncirculated Set 35,762 36,253 491 1.37%  
2010 Presidential Uncirculated Set 97,707 97,809 102 0.10%  

Presidential Coins & First Spouse Medal Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
Abigail Fillmore 9,603 9,606 3 0.03%  
Jane Pierce 7,473 7,478 5 0.07%  
Buchanan’s Liberty 7,076 7,079 3 0.04%  
Mary Todd Lincoln 12,918 12,945 27 0.21%  
Eliza Johnson 4,468 4,522 54 1.21%  
Julia Grant 3,344 3,512 168 5.02%  

Presidential $1 Coin Covers

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
William Henry Harrison 29,573 29,573 0 0.00%  
John Tyler 26,345 26,354 9 0.03%  
James K. Polk 24,561 24,568 7 0.03%  
Zachary Taylor 23,533 23,541 8 0.03%  
Millard Fillmore 22,414 22,420 6 0.03%  
Franklin Pierce 20,791 20,798 7 0.03%  
James Buchanan 19,414 19,426 12 0.06%  
Abraham Lincoln 30,992 31,032 40 0.13%  
Andrew Johnson 16,860 16,890 30 0.18%  
Ulysses S. Grant 16,741 16,848 107 0.64%  

Ulysses S. Grant $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 26,633 29,803 3,170 11.90% 55,905
25-coin roll set (D) 25,967 26,102 135 0.52%

Andrew Johnson $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 30,092 30,143 51 0.17% 59,057
25-coin roll set (D) 28,874 28,914 40 0.14%

Abraham Lincoln $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 48,832 48,832 0 0.00% 97,580
25-coin roll set (D) 48,748 48,748 0 0.00%

Millard Fillmore $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 38,409 38,409 0 0.00% 75,043
25-coin roll set (D) 36,634 36,634 0 0.00%

Franklin Pierce $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 35,731 35,731 0 0.00% 70,673
25-coin roll set (D) 34,942 34,942 0 0.00%

James Buchanan $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 34,210 34,227 17 0.05% 67,807
25-coin roll set (D) 33,572 33,580 8 0.02%

Native American Dollar Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 17,514 17,649 135 0.77% 35,266
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 17,484 17,617 133 0.76%
2010-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 39,130 39,130 0 0.00% 78,009
2010-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 38,879 38,879 0 0.00%

Kennedy Half Dollar Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
2011-dated 200-coin bag (P&D) 5,994 6,177 183 3.05%  
2011-dated 2-roll set (P&D) 19,975 20,113 138 0.69%  
2010-dated 200-coin bag (P&D) 8,844 8,844 0 0.00%  
2010-dated 2-roll set (P&D) 36,203 36,203 0 0.00%  

Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
2011 Issue 20,421 20,590 169 0.83%  
2010 Issue 30,104 30,201 97 0.32%  

2010 Quarters Circulating Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
  20,171 20,259 88 0.44%  

America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Gettysburg 12,500 13,197 697 5.58%  
Mount Hood 13,784 13,860 76 0.55%  
Grand Canyon 16,152 16,218 66 0.41%  
Yosemite 16,705 16,753 48 0.29%  
Yellowstone 19,083 19,134 51 0.27%  
Hot Springs 18,959 18,998 39 0.21%  

Olympic National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,105 3,133 28 0.90% 6,186
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,033 3,053 20 0.66%
Two-Roll Set 22,419 22,652 233 1.04% 22,652

Glacier National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,491 3,501 10 0.29% 7,154
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,643 3,653 10 0.27%
Two-Roll Set 25,357 25,439 82 0.32% 25,439

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 4,535 4,541 6 0.13% 8,940
100-Coin Bag (D) 4,393 4,399 6 0.14%
Two-Roll Set 30,758 30,801 43 0.14% 30,801

Mount Hood National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,046 6,090 44 0.73% 11,940
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,809 5,850 41 0.71%
Two-Roll Set 32,896 32,917 21 0.06% 32,917

Grand Canyon National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,642 6,693 51 0.77% 13,723
100-Coin Bag (D) 6,982 7,030 48 0.69%
Two-Roll Set 34,693 34,718 25 0.07% 34,718

Yosemite National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 7,178 7,178 0 0.00% 14,409
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,231 7,231 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 37,202 37,202 0 0.00% 37,202

Yellowstone National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 8,331 8,331 0 0.00% 17,155
100-Coin Bag (D) 8,824 8,824 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 42,088 42,088 0 0.00% 42,088

Hot Springs National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 9,672 9,672 0 0.00% 18,683
100-Coin Bag (D) 9,011 9,011 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 46,804 46,804 0 0.00% 46,804

Lincoln Cents

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2010 Lincoln Shield Cent 177,319 177,409 90 0.05%  

 

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of August 8, 2011. Visit the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ for more information on any of the above coins.

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