The silver American Eagle bullion coin has nearly reached 20 million coins less than halfway through the year.
The present sales pace would put annual demand at well over 40 million pieces. It looks like First Spouse gold issues for Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce and James Buchanan have gone off sale as well as the uncirculated Mary Todd Lincoln. I will leave the asterisk off this week in case the Mint tweaks the figures. I know it is easy to stop looking at numbers once the asterisk goes on them.
Sales of the 2011 gold Buffalo proof edge ahead by 1,284 pieces as the initial flurry of interest wanes. Initial interest in the 2011 platinum proof Eagle is waning faster as just 658 were sold.
If you ever wondered why certain 19th century gold mintages are so low, just look at the 21st century counterpart in the 2011 uncirculated one-ounce gold American Eagle. Collectors bought just 125 more this week, bringing the running total to 2,385.