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Old dates will confuse mintage numbers

The just concluded 2009 will be one of those years where the annual sales numbers will not equal mintages.

In 2009, the Mint sold 1,315,000 gold American Eagle coins, including the 122,000 in December as reported in the box at top right. However, the Mint is still selling 2009-dated coins. That will mean some challenges to reference writers to get numbers right in future years.

The Mint sold 28,766,500 silver American Eagles in 2009, including 2,773,000 in December. However, another 107,500 silver Eagles were sold    in January by the Jan. 4 cut-off date for this report. These are all dated 2009 and sales will continue until these 2009-dated pieces run out or the switch is made Jan. 19 to 2010-dated pieces.

The Ultra High Relief $20 went off sale, but no new total was provided by the Mint in this week’s report so we are stuck with an asterisk on last week’s sales total.

More Resources:

2010 U.S. Coin Digest, The Complete Guide to Current Market Values, 8th ed.

State Quarters Deluxe Folder By Warmans

Standard Guide to Small-Size U.S. Paper Money, 1928 to Date

Strike It Rich with Pocket Change, 2nd Edition

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