2012-W American Eagle Gold Proof Coins Selling Out

2012-W $50 American Eagle Gold Proof Coin
The U.S. Mint offered four 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins and a four-coin set with them all. The set and 2012-W $50 Gold Eagle are the only products left.

Three of five products featuring 2012-W American Eagle Gold Proof Coins are now listed on the U.S. Mint’s website as sold out.

These 22-karat gold coins launched on April 19, 2012 in four varying sizes, plus a four-coin set with them all. Each collector coin carries a proof finish and the "W" mint mark to denote production at the West Point Mint. Sizes include a one-ounce denominated in $50, a one-half ounce coin in $25 and smaller one-quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce sizes with respective denominations of $10 and $5.

Current Coins Sold Out

Individual $25 proof coins went off sale in November, $10 proof coins became unavailable earlier this month and sales of the smallest $5 proof coins stopped Friday.

The two products still available include the largest $50 proof coin for $1,935 and the four-coin set for $3,585.50. In 2011, it was the $50 coin that sold out first (in October 2011). Conversely, sales of the 2011-dated four-coin set continued until Dec. 31, 2012.

2011 and 2012 Sales Compared

While not finished, sales of the 2012-dated coins are sharply lower than the previous year. The following table offers comparisons with sales figures as of Jan. 7, 2013

  2011 2012 Notes
$50 American Eagle Gold 30,000 13,249 2012 Available
$25 American Eagle Gold 8,066 3,962 Sold Out
$10 American Eagle Gold 10,381 4,969 Sold Out
$5 American Eagle Gold 24,000 11,680 Sold Out
4-Coin Set 18,873 5,527 2012 Available


To place an order, visit the U.S. Mint product page located here, or call the bureau directly at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Prices for the proof gold coins can change weekly depending on the market value of gold.

In related coin news, the U.S. Mint started accepting orders for bullion versions of the 2013-dated America Gold Eagles on Jan 2, 2013. As of Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, distributors have ordered 97,500 troy ounces across the four sizes. In less than two weeks, sales are already higher than nine different months in 2013.

New 2013-W American Eagle Gold Proof Coins make their debuting sales appearance in the month of April according to the U.S. Mint’s preliminary product schedule.

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Interesting what sold out first. Seems the fractionals (read: more affordable) were gobbled up first this year. But who could have predicted that the Mint would have produced so few? I guess it’s a valid question to ask, ‘Who can accurately predict anything the Mint will do?’