One of the two commemorative gold coins from the United States Mint sold out today, Dec. 23, 2013. It should end with a final mintage that is the second lowest among modern U.S. commemorative coins.
Sales ended today for the 2013-P $5 Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Gold Coin. The U.S. Mint placed the product page for the commemorative on its ‘No Longer Available’ website section and tagged the words "sold out" beside its name. The uncirculated gold coin is not sold in any other product.
Its sales closed just 8 days before they would have ended normally as the U.S. Mint, by law, can only sell 2013 commemorative coins until the end of the year. The uncirculated coin’s final mintage will end well below the authorized amount. The newest sales figures from the Mint are through to Dec. 15 and those have the coin’s latest weekly increase at 287 for an overall tally of 5,512. The proof version is still available for $405.45. It has sales of 5,601 following a weekly gain of 115.
The mintage authorized by law for both the proof and uncirculated was a combined 100,000, an unrealistic total in today’s market. The Mint produces commemorative coins based on demand and it looks like its final projection was off by around 200-300.
As it is, the 2013-P $5 Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Gold Coin should end with the second lowest mintage, with the scarcest title held by the 1997-W $5 Uncirculated Jackie Robinson Gold Coin at 5,174.
This coin news article will get updated with new sales totals as they become available.