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Monday, November 1, 2010

US Mint Adds Last Opportunity Section

The United States Mint has once again added a "Last Opportunity" section to its website. This section has periodically been used to highlight products which will only remain available for sale for a limited time.

The Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coins will conclude sales on December 2, 2010. This will coincide with the release of the next coin of the series featuring Mary Todd Lincoln. The Margaret Taylor coins originally went on sale December 3, 2009 and show last reported sales of 4,600 proofs and 3,313 uncirculated coins. These are still below the levels of the previous Sarah Polk coin, which concluded with 5,157 proofs and 3,501 uncirculated coins coins, have exceeded the lows established by the Julia and Letitia Tyler Coins.

Sales of the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars will end on December 13, 2010. These commemorative coins originally went on sale February 25, 2010. As of the most recent report, sales had reached a combined 244,030 out of the 350,000 maximum authorized mintage. This year's other commemorative coin program for the Boy Scouts of America Centennial previously sold out the maximum mintage of 350,000 coins on August 4.

On December 30, 2010, sales will conclude for the 2009 District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Set and the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Sets featuring James K. Polk and Zachary Taylor. The silver version of the 2009 quarters proof set just sold out last week.

2010 Proof Gold Eagles Update

Today, the US Mint put the one ounce individual 2010 Proof Gold Eagle on waiting list status. This means that orders have been received to fulfill the maximum product limit of 25,000. As of last week's sales report, sales had reached 21,302, meaning that buyers snapped up the remaining 3,698 coins over the past week.

The one ounce proof coin does remain available for sale as part of the 4 Coin Proof Set, which has a product limit of 39,000 sets.



At November 1, 2010 at 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long will they sell the proof gold eagle fractionals? They don't appear headed for a natural sellout this decade.

At November 1, 2010 at 12:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They'll probably remain for sale until the 2011's are released, especially if the Mint has unsold inventory that's already been struck. It's not cost-effective to melt such coins down.

At November 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When am I going to get my "first opportunity" to get the 5oz American National Park coins?

At November 1, 2010 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warning to anybody considering the 2010 fractional PGEs. Details on the smaller coins look like crap due to the new micro-dot frosting process. Details on the tenth ounce proof gold coins are horrible when viewed under magnification. My guess is the poor quality was also a factor in the decision not to produce 2009 coins.

At November 1, 2010 at 4:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the Canadian fractional gold coins any better?

At November 1, 2010 at 5:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that strangely absent from the "Last Opportunity" list are the 2009 Presidential Dollar coin covers. It's starting to look like those silly things will languish in the catalog for years, just like a lot of the 50 State Quarter covers did! They're still quite a ways off from selling their stated maximum production of 40,000 units each. Why doesn't the Mint just put them out of their misery already?

What gives with those Coin & First Spouse Medal sets? The 2007's still sell for a ton, and the 2008's still sell for respectable prices despite NEVER having any published sales figures. However, the sold out 2009's (which have much lower sales numbers than the 2007's) you can hardly give away. There never seems to be a shortage of the 2009's being offered for sale on eBay, so do you think the Mint has been dropping the last "0" from the reported sales figures? I could see the lack of interest if around 100,000 units had been sold, but not around 10,000. Something doesn't make sense. There's still interest in the series, or else the 2007's and 2008's wouldn't be selling.


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