Dollar Sellout Near
By David C. Harper
comes first, a Lincoln commemorative silver
dollar sellout or this issue of Numismatic News
going to press?
It was a race.
Only 2,132 coins remained in Mint hands of the
450,000 pieces that were being offered to
collectors individually as this paper was being
A further supply of 50,000 proofs is being held
for use in a special set that will be offered
later this year. That would bring total mintage
to 500,000, a figure not reached for a
commemorative silver dollar in many years.
As of March 26, the Mint Web site was still
selling the proofs and the uncirculateds were
being sold only provisionally.
Earlier in the week it had reported that 312,075
proofs had been sold since sales began Feb. 12.
For uncirculateds, sales totaled 135,793 coins.
This brought total sales to 447,868. (See the
Mint Statistics on Page 20.)
Perhaps remarkable is that this near sellout was
achieved over the course of about six weeks
without the near panic buying online that
characterized the initial offering of the first
three First Spouse gold coins, or the somewhat
less rapid sales of the 20th Anniversary Sets of
American Eagles. It was just good, steady
With the Braille commemorative silver dollar
going on sale March 26, the Mint could not have
planned a better outcome.