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Mint Statistics: Is the Bonus 2019 Lincoln Penny Helping Annual Proof Set Sales?

The Mint’s annual silver proof set continues to climb, adding another 21,730 to its total. The clad proof set, the less-expensive of the annual sets, grew by 5,520. Could the bonus 2019 Lincoln penny with a reverse proof finish bearing the “W” mint mark be helping sales? Time will tell.

For collectors of the Kennedy half dollars, the Mint reported on first week sales of the 2019 release with the two-roll set starting at 11,561 and the 200-coin bags at 2,955. These sales figures are slightly behind where the 2018 halves were after the first week a year ago.

Bullion sales are on the light side this month. The Mint is not reporting any sales of the 2019 one-ounce Buffalo bullion coin yet and the one-ounce silver Eagle is reporting low at 68,000. Sales had resumed April 1 after being suspended on February 21. The next allocation was on April 29. The Uncirculated version of the American Eagle silver dollar will be on sale May 29.

One final observation or perhaps an open question: Did the Mint overestimate the interest in the American Legion Coins with the maximum mintage figures they indicated? There doesn’t seem to be much movement there any week. Send us your thoughts at


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