US Mint Sales: Grand Canyon 5 Oz Silver, Commemorative Gold Coins Surge

by Mike Unser on August 18, 2011 · 0 comments

Grand Canyon National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

The Grand Canyon National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin had its order limits removed, resulting in surging weekly sales .

Collectors sought coins composed of silver more than gold, according to the latest United States Mint sales figures.

In terms of numismatic weekly improvements, 48 U.S. Mint products outperformed their previous increases. Gold coins were just as hot as silver ones in that regard. A string of record high gold prices boosted the sales pace of several gold and commemorative coins despite a series of suspensions.

As precious metals soared last week, the United States Mint first suspended sales of numismatic gold coins and then stopped selling commemorative gold coins. The numismatic American Gold Eagles, First Spouse Gold Coins, and the Gold Buffalo returned 24 hours later while commemorative gold coins honoring the U.S. Army and Medal of Honor remain unavailable to this day. Although gold coin sales were obstructed, their weekly numbers rose sharply — especially compared against July when gold prices were less volatile. The following table provides several examples:

Recent Weekly Sales Increases for Gold Coins
  Last Week of July First Week of August Second Week of August
Proof American Gold Buffalo 468 665 1,064
Proof American Gold Eagle 1 oz 380 504 1,255
Uncirculated American Gold Eagle 116 251 814
Proof $5 Medal of Honor 89 1,123 338
Uncirculated $5 Medal of Honor 72 193 899
Proof $5 U.S. Army 56 70 157
Uncirculated $5 U.S. Army 49 77 748

 

United States Mint silver products were highest in demand, as is often the case. Collectors love silver coins, which cost significantly less than the gold counterparts. A silver coin, silver medal or silver set appeared in five of the top seven numismatic sellers:

  1. 2011 Proof American Silver Eagles (+35,271)
  2. 2011-W 9/11 Medals (+11,857)
  3. 2011-P 9/11 Medals (+5,169)
  4. 2011 Proof Sets (+4,959)
  5. 2011 Mint Sets (+2,779)
  6. 2011 Silver Proof Sets (+2,643)
  7. Grand Canyon 5 Oz Silver Coin (+2,045)

Grand Canyon Silver Coin Order Limits Removed, Sales Surge

On August 9, household ordering limits were lifted for the 2010 Grand Canyon National Park 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. That sparked its higher sales (+2,045) as depicted above in the best seller list. In contrast, its past two weekly increases were 943 and 489. Only 738 remain until the coin sells out.

The Mint’s other five ounce issue, the 2010 Mount Hood silver coin, increased 1,198, taking its total to 18,702. That leaves 8,298 on the table. Its limit of one coin per household is still in effect. The United States Mint has not yet indicated when it will begin offering the collector 2011-dated America the Beautiful Silver Coins.

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 8,000 5,500 107,000
American Gold Eagles 1 oz 37,000 32,500 645,500
American Gold Eagles 1/2 oz 1,000 1,000 61,000
American Gold Eagles 1/4 oz 2,000 68,000
American Gold Eagles 1/10 oz 15,000 15,000 305,000
American Silver Eagles 1 oz 845,500 1,030,500 27,406,000
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 18, 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 644,076 679,347 35,271 5.48%  

2011 American Gold Eagle Proof Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Limit
1 oz 25,465 26,720 1,255 4.93% 30,000
1/2 oz 3,296 3,488 192 5.83% 15,000
1/4 oz 5,147 5,487 340 6.61% 16,000
1/10 oz 11,493 11,986 493 4.29% 30,000
4-Coin Set 9,271 9,596 325 3.51% 40,000

2011 Uncirculated Gold Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 4,145 4,959 814 19.64%  

2011 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 15,487 16,551 1,064 6.87%  

2011 Proof American Platinum Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 8,847 9,016 169 1.91%  

2011 Army Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Coins 15,980 16,137 157 0.98% 23,148
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Gold Coins 6,263 7,011 748 11.94%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 107,699 108,091 392 0.36% 149,011
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 40,835 40,920 85 0.21%
50c Clad Proof Commemorative Coins 61,743 61,871 128 0.21% 97,271 of
750,000
50c Clad Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 35,328 35,400 72 0.20%

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Gold Coins 16,155 16,493 338 2.09% 23,769
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Gold Coins 6,377 7,276 899 14.10%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 95,872 96,366 494 0.52% 133,476
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 36,977 37,110 133 0.36%

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) 6,610 6,667 57 0.86% 10,427
of
20,000
Mary Todd Lincoln Uncirculated (2010) 3,760 3,760 0 0.00%
Eliza Johnson Proof (2011) 3,163 3,235 72 2.28% 5,402
of
15,000
Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011) 2,112 2,167 55 2.60%
Julia Grant Proof (2011) 3,175 3,188 13 0.41% 5,331 of 15,000
Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011) 2,069 2,143 74 3.58%

United States Mint Proof Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 103,658 104,506 848 0.82%  
2011 Presidential $1 Proof Set 226,380 227,672 1,292 0.57%  
2011 Silver Proof Set 441,712 444,355 2,643 0.60%  
2011 Proof Set 797,359 802,318 4,959 0.62%  
2010 Proof Set 1,089,300 1,089,577 277 0.03%  
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 106,940 107,675 735 0.69%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 269,172 269,286 114 0.04%  
2010 Silver Proof Set 570,791 571,186 395 0.07%  
2010 Presidential $1 Proof Set 527,909 528,176 267 0.05%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 261,922 262,684 762 0.29%  

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 US Mint Uncirculated Set 411,559 414,338 2,779 0.68%  
2010 US Mint Uncirculated Set 575,342 575,556 214 0.04%  
2011 Presidential Uncirculated Set 36,253 36,637 384 1.06%  
2010 Presidential Uncirculated Set 97,809 97,892 83 0.08%  

Presidential Coins & First Spouse Medal Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
Abigail Fillmore 9,606 9,610 4 0.04%  
Jane Pierce 7,478 7,483 5 0.07%  
Buchanan’s Liberty 7,079 7,081 2 0.03%  
Mary Todd Lincoln 12,945 12,978 33 0.25%  
Eliza Johnson 4,522 4,566 44 0.97%  
Julia Grant 3,512 3,648 136 3.87%  

Presidential $1 Coin Covers

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
William Henry Harrison 29,573 29,588 15 0.05%  
John Tyler 26,354 26,363 9 0.03%  
James K. Polk 24,568 24,580 12 0.05%  
Zachary Taylor 23,541 23,553 12 0.05%  
Millard Fillmore 22,420 22,429 9 0.04%  
Franklin Pierce 20,798 20,807 9 0.04%  
James Buchanan 19,426 19,442 16 0.08%  
Abraham Lincoln 31,032 31,068 36 0.12%  
Andrew Johnson 16,890 16,934 44 0.26%  
Ulysses S. Grant 16,848 16,932 84 0.50%  

Ulysses S. Grant $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 29,803 26,949 -2,854 -9.58% 53,215
25-coin roll set (D) 26,102 26,266 164 0.63%

Andrew Johnson $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 30,143 30,198 55 0.18% 59,166
25-coin roll set (D) 28,914 28,968 54 0.19%

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) 34,227 34,242 15 0.04% 67,835
25-coin roll set (D) 33,580 33,593 13 0.04%

Native American Dollar Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 17,649 17,748 99 0.56% 35,472
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 17,617 17,724 107 0.61%
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) 6,177 6,223 46 0.74%  
2011-dated 2-roll set (P&D) 20,113 20,229 116 0.58%  
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 20,590 20,802 212 1.03%  
2010 Issue 30,201 30,308 107 0.35%  

2010 Quarters Circulating Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
  20,259 20,372 113 0.56%  

America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Gettysburg 13,197 13,524 327 2.48%  
Mount Hood 13,860 13,906 46 0.33%  
Grand Canyon 16,218 16,259 41 0.25%  
Yosemite 16,753 16,786 33 0.20%  
Yellowstone 19,134 19,174 40 0.21%  
Hot Springs 18,998 19,036 38 0.20%  

Olympic National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,133 3,155 22 0.70% 6,228
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,053 3,073 20 0.66%
Two-Roll Set 22,652 22,866 214 0.94% 22,866

Glacier National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,501 3,503 2 0.06% 7,154
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,653 3,651 -2 -0.05%
Two-Roll Set 25,439 25,543 104 0.41% 25,543

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 4,541 4,546 5 0.11% 8,947
100-Coin Bag (D) 4,399 4,401 2 0.05%
Two-Roll Set 30,801 30,868 67 0.22% 30,868

Mount Hood National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,090 6,098 8 0.13% 11,953
100-Coin Bag (D) 5,850 5,855 5 0.09%
Two-Roll Set 32,917 32,956 39 0.12% 32,956

Grand Canyon National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,693 6,703 10 0.15% 13,746
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,030 7,043 13 0.18%
Two-Roll Set 34,718 34,758 40 0.12% 34,758

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 177,409 177,503 94 0.05%  

 

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of August 15, 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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