This is a head-scratcher of a week as collectors try to assess how last-minute demand affects the ultimate scarcity of coins going off sale. What will they make of the new numbers for the uncirculated Pat Nixon and Betty Ford First Spouse gold coins? Nixon rose by 259 to reach 1,975. Ford rose by 237 to reach an identical 1,975. Did someone stock up? The leap by these two issues leaves Lady Bird Johnson as the lowest uncirculated at 1,895. But there are still a few days left in the year as this is written. Perhaps the Johnson issue will pop to 1,975 in the next report. Mamie Eisenhower might as well. Idle thoughts? Perhaps.
The gold Standing Liberty quarter and gold Walking Liberty half dollar are going off sale at the same time as First Spouse coins, but there was no noteworthy move. There was no movement in the numbers of Buffalo and Eagle bullion coins. The numbers are unchanged from a week ago.
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