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Cent rolls and precious metals move up

Sales of the two-roll sets of Formative Years Lincoln cents continue to advance. This week the rise was 5,179 to a total of 290,086. Despite collector complaints of the $8.95 price, the Mint seems to have no trouble selling the sets. Sales of the two-roll set for the third issue called “Professional Life” to honor Lincoln’s time in Springfield, the capital city of Illinois, are set to begin Aug. 13.

Added this week are the numbers for the newly launched 2009 silver proof set. Already 271,372 sets have been snappeed up by collectors. The $52.95 price doesn’t seem to be deterring manypotential buyers.
Demand continues for one-ounce gold and silver American Eagles. The one-ounce gold total jumped by 26,500 this week to 56,000. The silver Eagle number leaped 725,000 to 1.8 million.

The Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece has surpassed the 70,000-mark. It rose 868 this week. These numbers do not yet reflect the lifting of the order limit from one set to 10.

Guam quarter sales are coming to a close as the American Samoa 25-cent piece gets ready for its hobby close-up. Will mintage numbers stay low, or will these begin to turn upward as the Lincoln cent mintages have? We’ll see.

Letitia Tyler First Spouse gold coin sales advanced at the leisurely pace we have gotten used to for this series. In 50 years these numbers will look rare.

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