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Monday, September 22, 2008

First Spouse Gold Coin Mintages


The once popular First Spouse Gold Coin series may be seeing an upswing with its latest offering for Andrew Jackson's Liberty Coin.

Followers of the series will remember that the first three releases for Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson's Liberty sold out in less than one day. Popularity seemed to fizzle with the next release for Dolley Madison. The next two releases showed a declining sales trend. The latest coin may finally break the trend.

Andrew Jackson's Liberty has sold a combined 5,924 coins since the release on August 28. The prior release for Louisa Adams has sold a combined 7,177. This coin was released on May 29. While Jackson's coin is still about 1,200 behind, it seems likely that sales will eventually surpass Louisa Adams.

The Andrew Jackson coin may be driving more sales since the obverse is based on the classic Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollar design. This design was used because President Jackson served without a spouse. Under the authorizing legislation for the program, in this situation the coin will bear the Liberty image used on circulating coinage from the President's term. The last release of the series to fall into this situation was Thomas Jefferson's Liberty which used the design from the Draped Bust Half Cent.

The table below shows the full sales/mintage figures for all releases of the First Spouse Gold Coin Series through September 17.


Unc Proof Combined
Martha Washington 20,000 20,000 40,000
Abigail Adams 20,000 20,000 40,000
T. Jefferson's Liberty 20,000 20,000 40,000
Dolley Madison 12,038 18,040 30,078
Elizabeth Monroe 4,186 7,217 11,403
Louisa Adams 2,623 4,554 7,177
A. Jackson's Liberty 2,213 3,711 5,924

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3 Comments:

At October 28, 2008 at 6:55 AM , Anonymous Jacob said...

Wow it sure looks like the first spouse coins are not getting sold this year. Demand for them has drop a lot.

 
At November 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because this is an incredibly lame series. Who cares? It's political correctness and lack of artistic ideology run amok, again.

The irony is that the only designs of any interest are the bachelor presidents, because they resurrect classic 19th century obverse designs; probably most people's only chance to own pristine examples in gold, even if they are fantasies.

 
At March 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just remember that today's uninteresting series is tomorrow's rarity.

 

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