When it comes to the Star-Spangled Banner commemorative $5 gold coin, collectors like it better as part of a two-coin proof set with a silver dollar thrown in than when it is sold separately.
During the first week of sales ending March 12, buyers grabbed 6,164 of these two-coin proof sets as compared to 3,103 individual proof gold coins and 2,355 individual uncirculated coins.
This preference for the set wasn’t due to a lower combined price either.
The two-coin proof set at $555 is actually a nickel more expensive than the two proof coins ordered separately.
No matter how they purchase them, collector demand for gold $5 coins is far less than demand for the silver dollars.
Buyers took 44,479 of the proof silver dollars for $49.95 each during the first week they were available and 18,763 of the uncirculated dollars for $44.95 each.
For more information, visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.