2018 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar First-Day Sales (Updated)

by Mike Unser on January 22, 2018 · 27 comments

First-day sales of the World War I Centennial Silver Dollars reached 17,287 for the proof and 7,468 for the uncirculated, according to United States Mint spokesman Michael White.

Photo of 2018-P Uncirculated World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

CoinNews photos of a 2018-P Uncirculated World War I Centennial Silver Dollar (obverse and reverse)

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the First World War, the two silver dollars along with five silver medals launched on Jan. 17. The medals recognize the Army, the Navy, the Air Service, the Marines and the Coast Guard — branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in WWI.

Proofs routinely outsell uncirculated coins so their 2.3x stronger showing in the early going is of little surprise. They have added support in this instance since each silver medal is paired in a set with a proof WWI Silver Dollar, and the medals are not sold separately.

The silver dollars are available at introductory prices of $51.95 for the proof and $48.95 for the uncirculated. They have a combined mintage cap at 350,000. The five sets are $99.95 each with no more than 100,000 available. The silver dollars are already shipping. Fulfillment of the sets is expected to begin in late May.

Order the dollars or sets from the U.S. Mint’s commemorate section right here.

Updated Sales

The grid below shows how many silver dollars and sets sold from their release on Jan. 17 through to Jan. 21.

  Individual Sales Total Sold % of Limits Sold
2018-P Proof WWI Silver Dollar 24,989 72,500 23.4%
(82,063 of 350,000)
2018-P Uncirculated WWI Silver Dollar 10,013 10,013
2018 WWI Silver Dollar and Army Silver Medal Set 11,272 11,272 47.1%
(47,061 of 100,000)
2018 WWI Silver Dollar and Navy Silver Medal Set 9,334 9,334
2018 WWI Silver Dollar and Marines Silver Medal Set 9,417 9,417
2018 WWI Silver Dollar Coast Guard Silver Medal Set 7,695 7,695
2018 WWI Silver Dollar Air Service Silver Medal Set 9,343 9,343

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Jp January 22, 2018 at 7:41 am

Any numbers on the sets?

Ernesto January 22, 2018 at 8:35 am

Wow low number so far for the uncirculated and not that high for the proof either. With the population of veterans mostly gone not going to be a huge pool of interested buyers. Probably collectors & family members of WW1 Vets. I think the Mint over estimated the appeal with a cap of 350,000.

As for the medal sets I hope they don’t do well. The only reason being is that they are being paired with a WW1 proof dollar. So if you just wanted to buy the medals you would have to pay about $500 to get all 5. Stupid decision by the Mint and hopefully people showed the stupidity of that decision by voting with their wallets!!

sam tweedy January 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

Big future in us mint “ZOMBIE” coins and whimpy looking eagles Go Navy!!.

M Alexander January 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm

I still do not understand how this obverse design was approved by the CCAC – or why the Soldier was given such a harsh and distorted appearance, if the coin is successful in sales, it’ll be only because it’s out of respect for the contribution of Americans during WWI and the anniversary itself, certainly not because of any great admiration of the design.

Tinto January 22, 2018 at 1:22 pm

@M Alexander
” … if the coin is successful in sales, it’ll be only because it’s out of respect for the contribution of Americans during WWI and the anniversary itself, certainly not because of any great admiration of the design.”

Totally agree. This “solder” looked like the artist himself .. and I emailed the CCAC with a lot of questions, from the apparent self-portrait of the artist on the coin, to the lefty holding a rifle designed for a right handed person , the closed eye(s?) down to how this process worked, including CCAC minutes and runner up designs … that was two weeks ago .. nothing but crickets … to me it looks like this artist was somehow pre-selected

Yeah a zombie soldier coin .. sleepwalking across a field full of barbed wire, bomb craters, other obstacles and of course, the enemy with ready bayonets to impale him with ..

Tinto January 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

I shudder to think how the Mint will butcher the commemorative coin for WW II, if there is going to be one ..

Carl S January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

This dollar coin and medal combination set could have been a huge success, as far as sales go, if the dollar coin had the same mint mark as the medal in the set. Also for the sets with the medals with the P mint mark make the dollar coin different than the Proof version that is all of the 5 sets. That would have made 7 different dollar coins including the Proof and UNC coins that are also offered as individual coins. I would think there would have been minimal additional cost to make the 5 different dollar coins. Only my opinion.

Chas Barber January 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm

TinotII the WWII coins of 1995 were like Rembrandts next to this 2nd grader designed WW1 Rocky’esque coin, as Tinot said & me many X the coin is a tribute to the ARTIST, see him looks like the coin 100% & closed eyes & howmany lefty Springfield were made, think of showing a real DEvil Dog with a Tommy gun in the Trenches or maybe Ardun Forest…..Dofight Eddie & the Red baron….maybe early tech a Tank or something… 17k & total sales of 25k including the collusion for sales Medal Coin set…I still don’t care about buyning mint stuff & this crapolo is not change inmy mind, the Mint is like the Titanic, only it does not know it HIT the iceberg…ALREADY

Chas Barber January 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Mayne I thougjht I was ‘harsh’ SO… I looked @ the WW1 enlarged as above, and it is truly not bad, it’s AWFUL, ugly design, incorrect ergonomically & historically & a CROWDED design? Looks like a mess…we needed a giant rendition of Rocky Marciano playing like a lefty dougboy…I can tell you this The Mint is not getting my dough boy…..

Joe Brown January 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

World War 1, trench warfare, from gas, to being in a cloud of smoke from all the shells blowing up all around you, to living in your and everyone’s crap & piss that seeps into the cold flit of mud & puddles, blood & guts everywhere, and the dirty rats crawling on you when you nod off for a few, to trying to keep your eyes pined open for days, nothing to wash up with for many ugly days and nights, getting cutup from all the dirty barbwire, hand to hand combat, maybe you had to pond out your helmet with your rifle butt to get all the dents out from beating someone to death with it, rigor mortis setting in your hands & fingers and all of your joints, even tho your still alive, hes going to hold, shout, and beat you with his rifle any dam way he can, so hes no Brad Pitt, maybe he was at the start of the war, take a close look at that mans hand and fingers how would you like to have them around your neck, that zombie would chase you right back to your mothers womb, for a bath, hot meal, a nice smoke & a triple shot of jack & a quite nap, how do you think his eyes, look like that. Just the way i* sea that soldier, the way it was, no tip toeing throw the tulips where he was.

Daniel January 23, 2018 at 3:01 am

So, I did go in to this one, but not with my eyes open.
I bought the proof version, an uncirculated, and all 5 of the medal sets.

With the subject matter I was never not going to.
But when I received the proof and uncirculated coins, I was a little disappointed in myself. I didn’t realise that it was only 90% ag, AND I didn’t realise how far short of a troy oz it was.

I see silver dollar, and just assume it’s an ounce of silver.

Silly me.

M Alexander January 23, 2018 at 4:36 am

Hello Daniel,

No… the Silver dollar is 26.7 grams of 90% silver and this specification has been in place for a very long time, I believe since machine-pressed dollars were minted in 1836 – A Silver dollar is worth $1 in silver when the metal was officially priced at $1.31 per troy ounce. Since it became a commodity with a movable price, the metal was removed from most countries coinage since it was no longer possible to produce coinage at their exchangeable value.

They also differentiate from the silver ounce bullion dollars introduced in 1986 which do contain a full ounce of .999 fine silver.

Tinto January 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

“Soldier’s Charge” … with eyes closed .. sleep walking across a field full of barbed wire over uneven ground and enemy waiting in trenches with fixed bayonets . ,, holding the rifle in the wrong hand .. possibly the wrong type of rifle, and a vague looking “uniform” .. some charge …. might not even make it across .. well with eyes closed he might end up going in the wrong direction .. a truly sad design to commemorate the services of those of served in WWI … maybe if regular folks could get to see the runners up .. to see the “attraction” of the “winning” design ..

Jp January 23, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Boy this coin series sure has brought out the passion in everyone. Some might even say “the ugly”!

I too agree the obverse is … lets say really REALLY POOR!
I don’t know who this designer you all are referring to who looks like the spitting image of the coin is, but I’d like to see that. If that’s the case that’s sad.

It seems that the Mint has been producing an awful lot of (crap) designs the past few years, and obviously our comments here have no bearing on what the final design choices are.
That’s also SAD, as I believe there are many true COLLECTORS of coinage here,(of the Mint) that are quite educated and who’s thoughts should be taken into consideration, as we are the buyers of this product.

Maybe someone like Mike here or Seth has some insight as to just how this site is perceived by the Mint and or the CCAC or whoever makes these design decisions and gets the “feel” of the buying public when making these choices?

I get it, it’s about the Mint making money. It IS a business folks. Keep that in mind and I have no issue with that.

Many times, I have to say, it appears that some of these design decisions seem to be politically driven… Just my humble opinion.

In the end this WWI series seemed to be doomed from the get go as the comments on this site have consistently been quite negative dating back to when the first designs came about and were shown here.

The idea behind the coin is exemplary to say the least.

From a collectors point of view and a very good suggestion from (Carl S) to have different mint marks was a terrific thought. This too would have most likely been a win fall for the Mint also.

Just my thoughts… sad as they are.
Happy collecting all!

Chas Barber January 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm

The WW1 coin is a rarity appears to be a ’03 Springfield with a left handed conversion…..if so would he hold it in his left hand or right? Just a ergometric ? He is using the left on the trigger, how do you chamber a round, change hands?? Regardless it was was where Generals marched tens of thousands of guys into machine gun fire to die, nothing was pretty about it….and I agree neither is the coin

Ernesto January 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm

JP you’re definitely right about the politics!! Commemorative coins all come out of legislation. As we know most of Congress is going to propose programs that benefit special interest groups instead of the country. Plus the legislation has too much say on what should be on the coin. I don’t know if we’ll ever have another golden age like we did with Theodore Roosevelt. At least not in my lifetime

Richard January 23, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Bizarro obverse design all right, and the date doesn’t make sense. America entered the war in 1917. The year 1918 was the end of the conflict (though actually the US was mixed up in the subsequent occupation of the Rhineland and the invasion of Russia), so maybe that’s being commemorated instead of our entry, though that’s already been done. It was called the Peace Dollar. Frankly I don’t see there being a lot of interest in this coin; there are no veterans left–heck, there are almost no children of veterans left–and the war was overshadowed by the 1939-45 conflict. Even that’s ancient history to most Americans.

Chas Barber January 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Tinto interesting… WW1 was years of Generals sitting behind door or maps ordering tens of thousands of young men to march into machine gun fire or poison gas, many would flee but most walked into death, disfigurement or blistered lungs. Old soldiers meeting 20th Century military tech, it was not pretty, only time & more tech Tanks, planes & the US joining moved the lines. it’s actually a rare picture, the dollar has a left handed bolt actoin Rifle, not alot of those were used I would guess?

Mike Unser (CoinNews.net) January 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

Since we won’t publish our weekly article on U.S. Mint sales figures until Thursday, Jan. 25, I’ve updated this article to include the latest WWI Silver Dollar and Silver Medal sales through Jan. 21.

Daniel January 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for the update. Very interesting.

I thought the numbers would have been higher.

Chas Barber January 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm

The medals goo$ed the sales #’s 72,5oo Proofs! wow 25k solo! Huge #s based on the latest mint sales #s of ’17 etc., don’t know if it will pass the Baseball HOF 131,924 for the uncirculated version and 268,076 for the proof version but we’ll see, alot of WW1 Vets must have popped up & bought, or their kids, ooops their grandkids… or the artist`s family

Jp January 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Very interesting….
If it wasn’t for the Medals, the silver dollar would have been a near bust.
I’m not sure these numbers will change much going forward, unless the “As Seen on TV” coin hustlers decide there is profit to be got here.
Thanks Mike for the updated #’s and breakdowns!

gary January 24, 2018 at 4:48 pm

chas – a lot of ww1 vets, gimme a break its 2018 now . they have to be at least one hundred eighteen years old by now god bless them ha ha

Joe Brown January 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Gary – What Chase Barber is saying, the old *vets from WW1* rose from the dead and and bought a few,lol.

Tinto January 27, 2018 at 4:38 pm

@Chas Barber
“.. the dollar has a left handed bolt actoin Rifle, not alot of those were used I would guess?..”

Yeah would be pretty rare I’d guess, too. How many % of a population is left handed? One would think during that time period the military would have the soldier learn how to shoot/handle right handed rather than giving him a left handed rifle if they even had those in stock, that is .. not to mention the additional cost of having to specially make left handed rifles and keeping them in separate inventory ..

sam tweedy January 29, 2018 at 11:37 am

Check out the eagle on the 2008p silver eagle dollar coin, now that’s an eagle design!!!! GO NAVY!!!! they only made 294000.

sam tweedy January 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Bald Eagle Proof Commem 2008-p silver dollar coin, can be purchased from APMEX. check it out!!!

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