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Two weeks in, Old Mint commems looking good

At this reckoning, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society can expect $3,031,275 in surcharges so far.

It is to be expected that you'll scroll down to the San Francisco Old Mint commemorative coin sales figures. Go ahead, we?ll wait ...

As of this writing, the Old Mint duo had been on sale for about two weeks. The dollar is 123,816 coins, or 24.76 percent, along its way toward a maximum mintage of 500,000. Then again, there are 34,674 more of them in the American Legacy Collection sets, so let?s correct that to a total of 158,490 coins, or 31.7 percent of the maximum.

The Granite Lady gold $5 is 41,325 coins, or 41.3 percent, toward its 100,000-coin max-out.

At this reckoning, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society can expect $1,584,900 in surcharges from silver dollars sold and $1,446,375 in surcharges from gold $5s sold, a combined total of $3,031,275 so far. A sellout would theoretically garner $8,500,000 in surcharges ? dollarswise, the program is more than a third of the way there.

Remember, the pre-issue sales period ends Oct. 17. Presumably these coins are available from the Mint until Dec. 31, which is a Sunday, or some date prior to that. No later, anyhow.

Hey, speaking of Mint directors, we?ve got a new one due to be sworn in a few days after this was written. Welcome to Edmund Moy!

According to the Mint?s Web site, 37 have headed this important institution, Moy being No. 38.

These Mint directors have come from 17 states and Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania dominated early on, providing 13 directors by 1889 ? and none since then. Nevada and Ohio have delivered three apiece, and Idaho, Iowa, D.C., and now Wisconsin chime in with two from each. Soloists have come from Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina.

Note: now that North Dakota quarter bags and rolls have gone on sale as of Aug. 28, the Colorado versions have gone off sale.