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Mint sales of 2005 bullion to end

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Dealers: order your 2005-dated bullion coins as fast as you can.

Regular sales of 2005 platinum, gold, and silver American Eagle bullion coins will end Dec. 9.

Any remaining inventory will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Dec. 12. These coins will remain on sale until gone.

Be advised, the cutoff dates do not necessarily guarantee availability of all coins in all sizes. The Mint can choose to discontinue sales at any time, based on demand, blank inventory, production schedules, etc.

The odds of the Mint doing so increase as those dates approach and the Mint ramps up production of 2006-dated coins.

As for 2006 dated American Eagle bullion coins, the Mint will begin taking orders on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Pricing will be available on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, with pickup beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006.

The Mint expects to have a reasonable amount of coins on hand to be able to meet the anticipated demand for 2006 coins.