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US Mint Coin Demand Picks Up Slightly
2009 Bullion Eagles Still Selling
by Darrin Lee Unser

Sales of collector coins from the United States Mint appear to have stopped their three week slide, but not by much. According to their latest report, no new drastic drops are apparent. Unfortunately, also equally missing from that data are significant gains.

While not huge in numbers, the First Spouse Gold Coins saw almost across the board improvement, not that this was hard to do after the previous week’s disappointing sales.

Leading the pack was the Margaret Taylor First Spouse Proofs with a 110 unit increase. The only spouse to show a set back was the Letitia Tyler Uncirculated Coin, declining 11 from the week prior to 9 new sold. You may recall that each of these coins are struck from 1/2 ounce, 24-karat gold. That sets their price points of $729 for the proofs and $716 for the uncirculated coins, which is steep for most casual collectors.

2009-dated American Silver Eagle bullion coins are showing consistent demand with 131,000 sold so far in the month of January. Gold Bullion Eagles came in at 6,000. As a reminder, the 2010-dated versions will not be offered by the US Mint until January 19.

A few other striking items from the weekly sales report:

  • Interesting, even with low numbers, are the Presidential $1 Coin Covers. The three versions available (William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and James K. Polk) all saw their sales at least double over the previous week. Topping the list was the Polk Covers which sold 227 units compared to the prior 86.
  • The clad 2009 Mint Proof Set saw a dramatic decline over the previous week, losing over 2,300 to bring them in at 8,946 weekly gain. They have, however, reached a reputable 1,412,997 since their introduction on June 1, 2009. Conversely, the 18-coin Silver Proof Set jumped in sales and ended 7,021 higher for the week.
  • Uncirculated dollar sets enjoyed admirable gains, with this year’s 2009 Presidential Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set increasing 55.8% over last week to 954 units. The 2008 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set also increased with 1,221 sold in the week, or a 50.9% rise.

UHR $20 coins are no longer available. They went off sale on Dec. 31. However, the US Mint has not provided updated sales figures. As a result, the total is unchanged from the prior report.

Major coin sales numbers follow:

2009-Dated American Bullion Coin Sales

  2009 Totals January* 2010 Totals
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 1,315,500 6,000 6,000
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz** 110,000 0 0
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz** 110,000 0 0
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz** 270,000 0 0
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz** 200,000 0 0
American Eagle Silver 1 oz 28,766,500 131,000 131,000
*As of Jan. 6, 2010. **Sold Out.

 

US Mint Collector Coin Sales

(Data compare previous to current Mint sales reports)

American Platinum Proof Coin*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce   8,000 0 0 0.0%
 
             
US Mint information page: 2009 American Eagle One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin
CoinNews article: US Mint Launches Platinum Eagle Proof

American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce   42,075 42,630 555 1.32%
 
             
US Mint information page:  2009 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin
CoinNews article:  Gold Buffalo Proof Coins

UHR Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
1 ounce   112,065 0 0 0.0%
 
             
US Mint coin information page:  2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin
Current eBay auctions:  2009 UHR $20 Gold Coins

2009 US Mint Proof Set

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
    1,404,051 1,412,997 8,946 0.64%  
US Mint coin information page:  United States Mint 2009 Proof Set®
CoinNews article: 2009 US Mint Proof Set

US Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
    634,754 641,775 7,021 1.11%  
US Mint coin information page:  United States Mint 2009 Silver Proof Set®
CoinNews article:  2009 US Mint Silver Proof Set

2009 US Mint Uncirculated Set

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
    668,139 678,490 10,351 1.55%  
US Mint coin information page:  United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®
CoinNews article:  2009 US Mint Set

2009 Presidential Dollar Proof Set

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
    615,853 618,503 2,650 0.43%  
US Mint coin information page:  US Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set
CoinNews article: 2009 Presidential Dollar Coin Proof Set

2009 Presidential Dollar Uncirculated Set (P&D)

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
    99,270 100,224 954 0.96%  
US Mint coin information page:  Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set
CoinNews article:  2009 Uncirculated Presidential Dollar Coin Set

Louis Braille Silver Dollar*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof   135,235 0 0 0%  
Uncirculated   48,863 0 0 0%  
Braille Easy-Open Capsule   23,078 0 0 0%  
Braille Education Set   10,698 0 0 0%
 
             
US Mint coin information page: Commemorative Coins

Lincoln Silver Dollar Sales*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Proof   325,000 0 0 0.0%  
Uncirculated   125,000 0 0 0.0%
 
Chronicles Set   50,000 0 0 0.0%
 
             
US Mint coin information page:  Commemorative Coins
Current eBay auctions: Uncirculated    Proof

2009 Lincoln Cents

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Notes
Birthplace Rolls *   96,000 0 0 0.0%
 
Formative Years Rolls*   300,000 0 0 0.0%
 
Professional Life   264,506 266,712 2,206 0.83%
 
Presidency   207,582 212,283 4,701 2.26%
 
2009 Lincoln Proof Set*   201,107 0 0 0.0%
 
             
US Mint coin information page:  Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Sets
Information site: 2009 Lincoln Cents
Current eBay auctions: 2009 Lincoln Birthplace Cents
Current eBay auctions:  2009 Lincoln Formative Years Cents

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Sales

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P)   6,015 6,399 384 6.38% 12,565
100-Coin Bag (D)   5,842 6,166 324 5.55%
1000-Coin Bag (P)   1,335 1,378 43 3.22% 2,070
1000-Coin Bag (D)   678 692 14 2.06%
Two-Roll Set   26,445 28,192 1,747 6.61% 28,192
             
US Mint coin information page:  D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: Northern Mariana Islands Quarter Bags & Rolls

US Virgin Islands Quarter Sales*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P)   7,203 0 0 0.0% 14,240
100-Coin Bag (D)   7,037 0 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P)   1,219 0 0 0.0% 2,400
1000-Coin Bag (D)   1,181 0 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set   31,925 0 0 0.0% 31,925
             
US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article:  US Virgin Islands Quarter Bags & Rolls

American Samoa Quarter Sales*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P)   7,325 0 0 0.0% 14,800
100-Coin Bag (D)   7,185 0 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P)   1,499 0 0 0.0% 2,933
1000-Coin Bag (D)   1,434 0 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set   33,865 0 0 0.0% 33,865
             
US Mint coin information page: D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: American Samoa Quarters in Bags and Rolls

Guam Quarters*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P)   13,012 0 0 0.0% 25,349
100-Coin Bag (D)   12,337 0 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P)   1,487 0 0 0.0% 2,821
1000-Coin Bag (D)   1,334 0 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set   38,231 0 0 0.0%
38,231
             
US Mint coin information page:  D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
CoinNews article: Guam Quarters in US Mint Bags and Rolls

Puerto Rico Quarters*

   
Old Sales
New Sales
Unit Change
% Increase
Total
100-Coin Bag (P)   20,000 0 0 0.0% 37,295
100-Coin Bag (D)   17,295 0 0 0.0%
1000-Coin Bag (P)   1,047 0 0 0.0% 2,000
1000-Coin Bag (D)   953 0 0 0.0%
Two-Roll Set   41,669 0 0 0.0%
41,669
             
US Mint coin information page:  D.C. & US Territories Collectibles
Current eBay auctions:  US Mint Puerto Rico quarter rolls
Current eBay auctions:  US Mint Puerto Rico quarter bags

 



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