US Mint Sales: Silver Products Lead while Gold Coins Outperform

by Mike Unser on February 29, 2012 · 1 comment

2011 American Gold Eagle Bullion Coin

Nearly every U.S. Mint gold coin product showed improved weekly sales

According to the latest U.S. Mint sales figures, silver products were easily the bureau’s best sellers but it was platinum and gold coins which outperformed their prior weekly gains — the same coins that went up in price this week.

Demand climbed across the board for each of the First Spouse Gold Coins. Their combined weekly sales settled at 236 for a 168% increase over the previous week. In units, the American Gold Buffalo was 99 higher than before at 280. Rounding out gold coins, American Gold Eagles pulled ahead modestly with total weekly sales of 492 versus 403. The one-half ounce 2011-W $25 American Gold Eagle, which sold out Monday, rose 211 against 134 for a new individual total of 8,066.

In the only U.S. Mint platinum product, 2011-W Proof American Platinum Eagle sales are currently at 13,764, which is up 277 compared to 87.

U.S. Mint sales were strongest across silver products (although slower than the previous week). For a second straight report, Infantry Soldier silver dollars led all U.S. Mint numismatic coin sales and each registered solid gains during their first full week of availability — the coins launched February 16. Two of the six silver products suspended for repricing on Friday still managed to make it on the Mint’s best-seller list, shown here:

U.S. Mint Top Numismatic Products of the Week

  1. Proof Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar (+11,551 to 37,813)
  2. Infantry Silver Dollar Defenders of Freedom Set (+7,184 to 23,406)
  3. Uncirculated Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar (+5,819 to 18,010)
  4. 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (+2,725 to 84,095)
  5. 2011-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle (+2,377 to 271,017)
  6. 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (+1,532 to 67,538)
  7. 2011 Silver Proof Set (+1,174 to 552,426)
  8. 2011 Proof Set (+979 to 1,065,224)
  9. 2011-P Chickasaw 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin (+943 to 11,679)
  10. 2012 El Yunque Quarters Two-Roll Set (+656 to 18,794)

Overall, 45 products improved over their prior weekly sales as compared to the 41 out-performers noted previously.

US Mint Sales: Bullion Coins

Sales of U.S. Mint bullion coins remain weak when contrasted against the previous month or from the same time a year ago.

On a weekly basis, each of the bullion gold coins improved, with the one-tenth once Gold Eagle showing on the sales board for the first time this month. Silver Eagles sales, however, are down. The following table highlights:

  Prior Increase Latest Increase Sales Totals*
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 1,000 3,500 20,500
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 5,000 8,500 103,500
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz 0 0 49,000
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz 0 0 40,000
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz 0 5,000 90,000
Silver American Eagles 515,000 210,000 7,567,000
Gettysburg 5 oz Silver Coin Sold Out 126,700
Glacier 5 oz Silver Coin Sold Out 126,700
Olympic 5 oz Silver Coin 0 0 84,600
Vicksburg 5 oz Silver Coin 0 0 37,300
Chickasaw 5 oz Silver Coin 0 300 28,400

 

*The as of date for US Mint sales of 1-ounce and under bullion coins is Wednesday, February 29, 2012. These totals are for this year alone. (Check the US coin price guide for always updated sales figures.) The as of date for the 5-ounce bullion coins is Monday, February 27, 2012. These totals are for all the coins sold by design, and include sales from 2011.

The following are the latest tallies for US Mint numismatic clad, gold and silver products:

US Mint Sales: Numismatic Products


2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars

  Old

Sales
Latest

Sales
Gain/

Loss
%

Increase
Mintage
Proof 26,262 37,813 11,551 43.98% 79,229 of 350,000
Uncirculated 12,191 18,010 5,819 47.73%
Defenders of Freedom Set 16,222 23,406 7,184 44.29%

American Silver Eagle 25th Anniversary Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
5 oz 100,000 100,000 Sold Out

2011 Proof Silver Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
1 oz 850,000 850,000 0 0.00% Sold Out

2011 Uncirculated Silver Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
1 oz 268,640 271,017 2,377 0.88%

2011 Proof American Eagle Gold Coins

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Limit
1 oz 30,000 30,000 0 0.00% Sold Out
1/2 oz 7,855 8,066 211 2.69% Sold Out
1/4 oz 10,381 10,381 0 0.00% Sold Out
1/10 oz 22,121 22,332 211 0.95% 30,000
4-Coin Set 17,697 17,767 70 0.40% 40,000

2011 Uncirculated American Eagle Gold Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 8,822 8,822 0 0.00% Sold Out

2011 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 24,699 24,979 280 1.13%  

2011 Proof Platinum Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 13,487 13,764 277 2.05%  

America the Beautiful 5 Oz. Silver Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2010-P Hot Springs National Park Silver Coin 27,000 27,000 Sold Out
2010-P Yellowstone National Park Silver Coin 27,000 27,000 Sold Out
2010-P Yosemite National Park Silver Coin 27,000 27,000 Sold Out
2010-P Grand Canyon National Park Silver Coin 26,019 26,019 Sold Out
2010-P Mount Hood National Park Silver Coin 26,928 26,928 0 0.00% 26,928 of
27,000
2011-P Gettysburg National Park Silver Coin 19,912 20,154 242 1.22% 20,154 of
35,000
2011-P Glacier National Park Silver Coin 16,820 17,060 240 1.43% 17,060 of
35,000
2011-P Olympic National Park Silver Coin 14,406 14,672 266 1.85% 14,672 of
35,000
2011-P Vicksburg National Park Silver Coin 13,914 14,190 276 1.98% 14,190 of
35,000
2011-P Chickasaw National Park Silver Coin 10,736 11,679 943 8.78% 11,679 of
35,000

2011 Army Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Coins 17,173 17,173 0 0.00% 25,235
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 8,062 8,062 0 0.00%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 119,829 119,829 0 0.00% 163,346
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 43,517 43,517 0 0.00%
50c Clad Proof Commemorative Coins 68,349 68,349 0 0.00% 107,810 of
750,000
50c Clad Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 39,461 39,461 0 0.00%

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Gold Proof Commemorative Coins 18,012 18,012 0 0.00% 26,263
of
100,000
$5 Gold Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 8,251 8,251 0 0.00%
Silver Dollar Proof Commemorative Coins 112,850 112,850 0 0.00% 157,619
of
500,000
Silver Dollar Uncirculated Commemorative Coins 44,769 44,769 0 0.00%

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) 6,904 6,904 NLA 0.00% 10,664
of
20,000
Mary Todd Lincoln Uncirculated (2010) 3,760 3,760 NLA 0.00%
Eliza Johnson Proof (2011) 3,762 3,783 21 0.56% 6,603
of
15,000
Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011) 2,768 2,820 52 1.88%
Julia Grant Proof (2011) 3,908 3,925 17 0.44% 6,468 of 15,000
Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011) 2,523 2,543 20 0.79%
Lucy Hayes Proof (2011) 3,064 3,087 23 0.75% 5,060 of 15,000
Lucy Hayes Uncirculated (2011) 1,949 1,973 24 1.23%
Lucretia Garfield Proof (2011) 2,458 2,503 45 1.83% 4,052 of 15,000
Lucretia Garfield Uncirculated (2011) 1,515 1,549 34 2.24%

United States Mint Proof Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 66,006 67,538 1,532 2.32%
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 81,370 84,095 2,725 3.35%
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 143,713 143,973 260 0.18%  
2011 Presidential $1 Proof Set 284,418 284,886 468 0.16%  
2011 Silver Proof Set 551,252 552,426 1,174 0.21%  
2011 Proof Set 1,064,245 1,065,224 979 0.09%  
2010 Proof Set 1,103,950 1,103,950 0 0.00%  
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 138,753 139,082 329 0.24%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 276,335 276,335 0 0.00%  
2010 Silver Proof Set 585,414 585,414 0 0.00%  
2010 Presidential $1 Proof Set 535,463 535,463 0 0.00%  
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 274,003 274,003 0 0.00%  

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 US Mint Uncirculated Set 516,536 517,170 634 0.12%  
2010 US Mint Uncirculated Set 583,912 583,912 0 0.00%  
2011 Presidential Uncirculated Set 63,419 63,666 247 0.39%  
2010 Presidential Uncirculated Set 98,620 98,620 0 0.00%  

Presidential Coins & First Spouse Medal Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
Abigail Fillmore 9,951 9,970 19 0.19%  
Jane Pierce 7,812 7,830 18 0.23%  
Buchanan’s Liberty 7,508 7,527 19 0.25%  
Mary Todd Lincoln 14,289 14,352 63 0.44%  
Eliza Johnson 5,919 5,940 21 0.35%  
Julia Grant 6,035 6,061 26 0.43%  
Lucy Hayes 4,692 4,728 36 0.77%  
Lucretia Garfield 3,606 3,704 98 2.72%  

Presidential $1 Coin Covers

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
William Henry Harrison 29,953 29,969 16 0.05%  
John Tyler 26,680 26,693 13 0.05%  
James K. Polk 24,921 24,937 16 0.06%  
Zachary Taylor 23,883 23,895 12 0.05%  
Millard Fillmore 22,716 22,734 18 0.08%  
Franklin Pierce 21,096 21,110 14 0.07%  
James Buchanan 19,824 19,835 11 0.06%  
Abraham Lincoln 33,058 33,118 60 0.18%  
Andrew Johnson 18,108 18,155 47 0.26%  
Ulysses S. Grant 18,079 18,133 54 0.30%  
Rutherford B. Hayes 15,935 16,010 75 0.47%  
James Garfield 14,432 14,565 133 0.92%  

James A. Garfield $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 25,298 25,472 174 0.69% 49,772
25-coin roll set (D) 24,159 24,300 141 0.58%

Rutherford B. Hayes $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 27,366 27,440 74 0.27% 53,803
25-coin roll set (D) 26,289 26,363 74 0.28%

Ulysses S. Grant $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 30,357 30,426 69 0.23% 59,629
25-coin roll set (D) 29,151 29,203 52 0.18%

Andrew Johnson $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 32,102 32,157 55 0.17% 62,740
25-coin roll set (D) 30,540 30,583 43 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% 97,575
25-coin roll set (D) 48,743 48,743 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% 70,672
25-coin roll set (D) 34,942 34,941 0 0.00%

James Buchanan $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 34,290 34,290 0 0.00% 67,936
25-coin roll set (D) 33,646 33,646 0 0.00%

Native American Dollar Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 22,254 22,357 103 0.46% 44,379
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 21,943 22,022 79 0.36%
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) 9,455 9,455 0 0.00%  
2011-dated 2-roll set (P&D) 25,294 25,654 360 1.42%  
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 31,899 31,998 99 0.31%
2010 Issue 33,201 33,272 71 0.21%

Quarters Circulating Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
2011 Issue 16,656 16,931 275 1.65%
2010 Issue 25,379 25,474 95 0.37%

America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
El Yunque Quarter Set 12,360 12,906 546 4.42%
Chickasaw Quarter Set 12,580 12,701 121 0.96%
Vicksburg Quarter Set 14,519 14,586 67 0.46%
Olympic Quarter Set 14,453 14,516 63 0.44%
Glacier Quarter Set 15,471 15,527 56 0.36%
Gettysburg Quarter Set 18,082 18,132 50 0.28%
Mount Hood Quarter Set 15,295 15,342 47 0.31%
Grand Canyon Quarter Set 17,703 17,751 48 0.27%
Yosemite Quarter Set 18,136 18,178 42 0.23%
Yellowstone Quarter Set 20,548 20,585 37 0.18%
Hot Springs Quarter Set 20,147 20,185 38 0.19%

El Yunque National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 2,755 2,864 109 3.96% 5,630
100-Coin Bag (D) 2,672 2,766 94 3.52%
Two-Roll Set 18,138 18,794 656 3.62% 18,794

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 2,843 2,858 15 0.53% 5,625
100-Coin Bag (D) 2,750 2,767 17 0.62%
Two-Roll Set 22,342 22,458 116 0.52% 22,458

Vicksburg National Military Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,107 3,119 12 0.39% 6,149
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,018 3,030 12 0.40%
Two-Roll Set 24,905 24,959 54 0.22% 24,959

Olympic National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,473 3,483 10 0.29% 6,869
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,374 3,386 12 0.36%
Two-Roll Set 26,017 26,061 44 0.17% 26,061

Glacier National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,710 3,719 9 0.24% 7,597
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,868 3,878 10 0.26%
Two-Roll Set 27,931 27,973 42 0.15% 27,973

Gettysburg National Military Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 4,787 4,787 0 0.00% 9,396
100-Coin Bag (D) 4,609 4,609 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 33,136 33,136 0 0.00% 33,136

Mount Hood National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,293 6,293 0 0.00% 12,333
100-Coin Bag (D) 6,040 6,040 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 33,516 33,516 0 0.00% 33,516

Grand Canyon National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 6,760 6,760 0 0.00% 13,875
100-Coin Bag (D) 7,115 7,115 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 34,935 34,935 0 0.00% 34,935

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 180,679 180,776 97 0.05%  

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of February 27, 2012. Visit the CoinNews.net page US Coins or the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ for more information on any of the above products.

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Michael Ferguson March 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

If I were presented a choice between investing in gold bullion coins and platinum bullion coins, I would definitely choose the latter. Current spot price of platinum are slightly less than gold. But historically platinum has been significantly more expensive than gold. In fact I recall a time a while back (1980s) when gold was around $400-$500 per ounce and platinum was more than $1000 per ounce. Thus it seems likely the markets will want to restore the historic price relationship between platinum and gold, and it seems gold can only lose against platinum in the long term.

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