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Mint Statistics: Medal beats coin; can you believe it?

Can you imagine a medal outselling a coin? It is happening right in front of our eyes. Look at the proof Boys Town silver dollar. Mintage is 25,049. The 2017-P proof American Liberty silver medal has sold 52,555 – more than double the coin. If you want to know how low modern commemoratives can fall, those two figures say pretty much all you need to know.

You certainly don’t need to know much about bullion American Eagle sales. Little is happening. Silver Eagles chalked up 120,000. Gold Eagles saw action only in the tenth-ounce size where 10,000 have been sold. If you want to yawn at these numbers, you are quite right to do so.

The Mint has sold 32,400 of the George Rogers Clark 5-ounce silver piece. I haven’t found a home for it yet in the table below.

Clad 2017 proof sets moved above 500,000. These have sold like hotcakes in the past six weeks or so.


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