US Mint Sales: 2012 Proof Set Debut and Silver Prices Spur Buying

by Mike Unser on May 17, 2012 · 0 comments

2012 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin

With lower silver prices, sales of bullion Silver Eagle surged 900,000 in the first three days of this week.

U.S. Mint numismatic product sales improved last week with the release of the 2012 Proof Set while lower silver prices this week have spurred sales of the bureau’s silver bullion coins.

In the debuting category, starting sales were reported for the 2012 Proof Set which launched on Monday, May 14. Demand was strong with 243,494 units sold in one week. But that was a bit slower than the start of last year’s set which came in at 253,144. To see how this year’s debut compared to proof sets released since 2007, read this CoinNews.net article.

As expected, the 2012 Proof Set was the Mint’s best selling numismatic product.

U.S. Mint Top Numismatic Products of the Week

  1. 2012 Proof Set (+243,494)
  2. 2012 Proof Silver Eagles (+10,490 to 367,276)
  3. 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set (+5,922 to 158,877)
  4. 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set (+4,424 to 25,420)
  5. 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Set (+1,771 to 18,376)
  6. 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (+1,729 to 107,893)
  7. 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (+1,619 to 88,887)
  8. 2012 Native American (P) $1 Coin rolls (+1,276 to 12,273)
  9. 2012 Native American (D) $1 Coin rolls (+1,194 to 12,166)
  10. Star-Spangled Banner Silver Dollar Proof (+1,149 to 86,279)

The 2012 Proof Set also brought more collector eyes to other U.S. Mint collector products as 55 improved over their prior weekly sales as compared to 23 in the previous sales report.

Sales Totals Reduced for Several U.S. Mint Products

It has been many weeks since the U.S. Mint reported reduced sales for any of its products. Four were reported in this week’s sales report:

  • Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar Defenders of Freedom Set (-2,709 down to 43,727)
  • Chester Arthur Coin Cover (-425 down to 14,007)
  • 9/11-W Silver Medals (-33 down to 98,464)
  • Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin (-3 down to 2,892)

Typically such declinations are the result of customer returns, cancellations or accounting corrections. Sizeable cuts around the level of the Defenders of Freedom Set are fairly rare.

Next week’s sales report should be a bit less robust as distance from the release of the 2012 Proof Set increases. It will offer the debuting sales figures for newly released Kennedy half dollars and the 100-coin bags of Native American dollars.

US Mint Sales: Bullion Coin Products – Silver Coins Surge

Bullion demand has remained steady over the last few days for U.S. Mint gold bullion coins while rising sharply for silver bullion coins.

Through to last Friday, it appeared that bullion Silver Eagle sales for May, which were at 510,000, could track in as the slowest month since early 2008. But demand this week has spiked as silver prices headed toward $27 an ounce. U.S. Mint distributors ordered 475,000 on Monday; 150,000 on Tuesday; and then 275,000 on Wednesday. That more than doubled this month’s sales which are now at 1,410,000.

The following table offers the latest U.S. Mint bullion coin sales figures:

  Prior Increase Latest Increase May Sales Sales Totals*
American Buffalo Gold Coins 1 oz 1,000 4,500 5,500 61,000
American Gold Eagles 1 oz 16,000 9,500 35,500 216,500
American Gold Eagles 1/2 oz 0 0 0 51,000
American Gold Eagles 1/4 oz 0 0 0 42,000
American Gold Eagles 1/10 oz 0 5,000 5,000 140,000
Silver American Eagles 335,000 1,075,000 1,410,000 13,069,000
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 0 85,100
Vicksburg 5 oz Silver Coin 0 0 0 38,300
Chickasaw 5 oz Silver Coin 0 0 0 28,900

 

*The effective date for US Mint sales of one-ounce and under bullion coins is Wednesday, May 16, 2012. These totals are for sales in calendar year 2012. The as of date for the five-ounce bullion coins is Monday, April 9, 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 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Mintage
$5 Proof Gold Coins 4,611 4,655 44 0.95% 100,000 gold; 500,000 silver max
$5 Uncirculated Gold Coins 3,491 3,518 27 0.77%
$1 Silver Proof 85,130 86,279 1,149 1.35%
$1 Silver Uncirculated 32,483 32,797 314 0.97%
Proof Two-Coin Set 8,576 8,668 92 1.07%

2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars

  Old

Sales
Latest

Sales
Gain/

Loss
%

Increase
Mintage
Proof 90,828 91,485 657 0.72% 175,927 of 350,000
Uncirculated 38,663 38,889 226 0.58%
Defenders of Freedom Set 46,436 43,727 -2,709 -5.83%

2012 Proof Silver Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
1 oz 356,786 367,276 10,490 2.94%  

2011 Uncirculated Silver Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
1 oz 287,272 288,246 974 0.34%

2012 Proof American Gold Eagles

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Limit
1 oz 2,942 3,107 165 5.61%
1/2 oz 871 917 46 5.28%
1/4 oz 913 1,005 92 10.08%
1/10 oz 2,897 3,185 288 9.94%
4-Coin Set 1,967 2,139 172 8.74%

2011 Proof American Gold Eagles

Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Limit
1 oz 30,000 30,000 0 0.00% Sold Out
1/2 oz 8,066 8,066 0 0.00% Sold Out
1/4 oz 10,381 10,381 0 0.00% Sold Out
1/10 oz 24,000 24,000 0 0.00% Sold Out
4-Coin Set 18,146 18,147 1 0.01% 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

American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
2012 10,045 10,242 197 1.96%  
2011 26,309 26,346 37 0.14%  

2011 Proof Platinum Eagle

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
 
1 oz 14,109 14,126 17 0.12%  

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 21,517 21,602 85 0.40% 21,602 of
35,000
2011-P Glacier National Park Silver Coin 18,139 18,195 56 0.31% 18,195 of
35,000
2011-P Olympic National Park Silver Coin 15,790 15,848 58 0.37% 15,848 of
35,000
2011-P Vicksburg National Park Silver Coin 15,772 15,844 72 0.46% 15,844 of
35,000
2011-P Chickasaw National Park Silver Coin 13,931 14,015 84 0.60% 14,015 of
35,000

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) 3,866 3,868 2 0.05% 6,760
of
15,000
Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011) 2,895 2,892 -3 -0.10%
Julia Grant Proof (2011) 3,969 3,969 0 0.00% 6,602
of
15,000
Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011) 2,629 2,633 4 0.15%
Lucy Hayes Proof (2011) 3,197 3,204 7 0.22% 5,264
of
15,000
Lucy Hayes Uncirculated (2011) 2,057 2,060 3 0.15%
Lucretia Garfield Proof (2011) 2,719 2,731 12 0.44% 4,465
of
5,000
Lucretia Garfield Uncirculated (2011) 1,728 1,734 6 0.35%

United States Mint Proof Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2012 Proof Set   243,494 243,494  
2011 Proof Set 1,075,932 1,076,856 924 0.09%  
2012 Birth Set 11,720 12,165 445 3.80%
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 87,268 88,887 1,619 1.86%
2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 106,164 107,893 1,729 1.63%
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set 147,046 147,201 155 0.11%  
2012 Presidential $1 Proof Set 152,955 158,877 5,922 3.87%  
2011 Presidential $1 Proof Set 288,916 289,202 286 0.10%  
2011 Silver Proof Set 559,901 560,623 722 0.13%  
2010 Proof Set 1,103,950 1,103,950 NLA 0.00% Sold Out
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set 141,934 142,186 252 0.18%  

US Mint Uncirculated Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
2011 US Mint Uncirculated Set 522,450 522,958 508 0.10%  
2012 Presidential Uncirculated Set 20,996 25,420 4,424 21.07%  
2011 Presidential Uncirculated Set 65,481 65,671 190 0.29%  

Presidential Coins & First Spouse Medal Sets

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Notes
Abigail Fillmore 10,035 10,039 4 0.04%  
Jane Pierce 7,900 7,906 6 0.08%  
Buchanan’s Liberty 7,622 7,632 10 0.13%  
Mary Todd Lincoln 14,662 14,689 27 0.18%  
Eliza Johnson 6,073 6,082 9 0.15%  
Julia Grant 6,220 6,230 10 0.16%  
Lucy Hayes 4,931 4,944 13 0.26%  
Lucretia Garfield 4,170 4,200 30 0.72%  

Presidential $1 Coin Covers

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
William Henry Harrison 30,087 30,999 912 3.03%  
John Tyler 26,792 26,806 14 0.05%  
James K. Polk 25,044 25,059 15 0.06%  
Zachary Taylor 23,998 24,013 15 0.06%  
Millard Fillmore 22,840 22,850 10 0.04%  
Franklin Pierce 21,233 21,251 18 0.08%  
James Buchanan 19,973 19,992 19 0.10%  
Abraham Lincoln 33,596 33,647 51 0.15%  
Andrew Johnson 18,346 18,368 22 0.12%  
Ulysses S. Grant 18,406 18,432 26 0.14%  
Rutherford B. Hayes 16,351 16,382 31 0.19%  
James Garfield 15,224 15,292 68 0.45%  
Chester Arthur 14,432 14,007 -425 -2.94%  

Chester Arthur $1 Coin Rolls, Bags, Boxes

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 42,884 43,745 861 2.01% 83,578
25-coin roll set (D) 39,070 39,833 763 1.95%
100-coin bag (P) 267 410 143 53.56% 756
100-coin bag (D) 222 346 124 55.86%
250-coin box (P) 10,784 10,860 76 0.70% 16,345
250-coin box (D) 5,425 5,485 60 1.11%
500-coin box (P) 923 935 12 1.30% 1,895
500-coin box (D) 954 960 6 0.63%

James A. Garfield $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 26,702 26,776 74 0.28% 52,205
25-coin roll set (D) 25,352 25,429 77 0.30%

Rutherford B. Hayes $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 28,012 28,058 46 0.16% 54,996
25-coin roll set (D) 26,894 26,938 44 0.16%

Ulysses S. Grant $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 30,966 31,007 41 0.13% 60,767
25-coin roll set (D) 29,712 29,760 48 0.16%

Andrew Johnson $1 Coin Rolls

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
25-coin roll set (P) 32,312 32,312 0 0.00% 63,063
25-coin roll set (D) 30,751 30,751 0 0.00%

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
2012-dated 250-coin box (P) 1,082 1,266 184 17.01% 2,493
2012-dated 250-coin box (D) 1,089 1,227 138 12.67%
2012-dated 500-coin box (P) 135 149 14 10.37% 286
2012-dated 500-coin box (D) 117 137 20 17.09%
2012-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 10,997 12,273 1,276 11.60% 24,439
2012-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 10,972 12,166 1,194 10.88%
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (P) 23,375 23,375 0 0.00% 46,301
2011-dated 25-coin roll set (D) 22,926 22,926 0 0.00%
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) 27,436 27,763 327 1.19%  

ATB Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
2012 Issue 16,605 18,376 1,771 10.67%
2011 Issue 32,888 32,991 103 0.31%
2010 Issue 34,122 34,217 95 0.28%

ATB Quarters Circulating Coin Set

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
2011 Issue 18,849 19,059 210 1.11%
2010 Issue 26,336 26,442 106 0.40%

America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets™

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Chaco Culture Quarter Set 12,086 12,444 358 2.96%
El Yunque Quarter Set 15,587 15,711 124 0.80%
Chickasaw Quarter Set 13,245 13,273 28 0.21%
Vicksburg Quarter Set 14,965 14,997 32 0.21%
Olympic Quarter Set 14,812 14,840 28 0.19%
Glacier Quarter Set 15,827 15,850 23 0.15%
Gettysburg Quarter Set 18,529 18,560 31 0.17%
Mount Hood Quarter Set 15,606 15,628 22 0.14%
Grand Canyon Quarter Set 18,039 18,075 36 0.20%
Yosemite Quarter Set 18,451 18,487 36 0.20%
Yellowstone Quarter Set 20,871 20,898 27 0.13%
Hot Springs Quarter Set 20,410 20,431 21 0.10%

Chaco Culture National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 2,841 2,910 69 2.43% 5,768
100-Coin Bag (D) 2,793 2,858 65 2.33%
Two-Roll Set 19,426 19,756 330 1.70% 19,756

El Yunque National Forest Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,359 3,385 26 0.77% 6,616
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,208 3,231 23 0.72%
Two-Roll Set 21,412 21,560 148 0.69% 21,560

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 2,940 2,942 2 0.07% 5,799
100-Coin Bag (D) 2,855 2,857 2 0.07%
Two-Roll Set 23,226 23,266 40 0.17% 23,266

Vicksburg National Military Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,182 3,185 3 0.09% 6,282
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,094 3,097 3 0.10%
Two-Roll Set 25,451 25,494 43 0.17% 25,494

Olympic National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,531 3,533 2 0.06% 6,968
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,433 3,435 2 0.06%
Two-Roll Set 26,412 26,445 33 0.12% 26,445

Glacier National Park Quarters

  Old
Sales
Latest
Sales
Gain/
Loss
%
Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P) 3,743 3,743 0 0.00% 7,640
100-Coin Bag (D) 3,897 3,897 0 0.00%
Two-Roll Set 28,134 28,134 0 0.00% 28,134

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 181,925 182,069 144 0.08%  

 

*NLA – No Longer Available.

The collector coin sales figures above have an "as of date" of May 14, 2012. Visit the United States Mint website at http://www.usmint.gov/ for more information on any of the above products.

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