Eagles Set Off Buyer Scramble
By Numismatic News
from the marketplace cleaned the U.S. Mint out
of fractional 2009 gold American Eagle bullion
coins when they went on sale to the Mint’s
authorized purchaser network Dec. 3.
By Dec. 4 the Mint said every piece it had made
The tenth-ounce coins registered the highest
number of sales. A total of 260,000 pieces were
The quarter-ounce came in at 58,000 pieces and
the half-ounce at 56,000 coins.
The Mint expects to make some additional
2009-dated fractional gold coins by the middle
of December, but because these supplies will
also likely prove insufficient, the Mint is
rationing quantities, or in its parlance, it is
using its standard allocation process, which was
initially used August 2008 to 2009 for the
one-ounce gold coins.
“Additional inventory is being produced based on
available in-house blank supplies.” U.S. Mint
Director of Public Affairs Tom Jurkowsky said.
“We anticipate that we will allocate these coins
until at least the end of December 2009 on a
weekly basis,” he said.
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