In the first day of sales, the U.S. Mint sold 7,102 proof Jackie Kennedy First Spouse half-ounce $10 gold pieces, according to figures just released.
Uncirculated sales were roughly half that number at 3,792.
The combined sales total is 10,894, or more than one-third of the way to a possible 30,000 maximum.
These numbers go a long way toward explaining why sales are already on back order. The combined Kennedy sales figure is triple the number of Mamie Eisenhower or Bess Truman coins sold.
Will more collectors now want to buy the coins knowing they are popular, or will fewer now want the coins knowing they won't be delivered in time to get an early release designation?