This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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By the fourth day of sales, the U.S. Mint reported that a quarter of the 2011 1 ounce gold proof American Eagle coins had been purchased by collectors.
On April 25 the Mint said 7,249 coins out of 30,000 available had been taken.
Last year the Mint sold out of the 25,000 pieces it had available.
For the 2011 half-ounce and quarter-ounce coins, sales started out much more slowly. Less than 10 percent of each were taken.
For the half ounce, collectors bought 1,159 of the 15,000 available. For the quarter ounce, they took 1,313 of 16,000 available. Neither of these sizes sold out in 2010.
For the tenth-ounce size, buyers acquired 12 percent of the available supply – 3,680 out of 30,000 available.
For the four-coin set, sales ran at 10 percent almost on the head – 3,988 sets out of 40,000 available.
For current prices and other order information, visit the U.S. Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.