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Mint Statistics: Presidents Get New Issues

Zachary Taylor silver Presidential medal. (Image courtesy United States Mint.)

Zachary Taylor silver Presidential medal. (Image courtesy United States Mint.)

Two former United States presidents are the subjects of the latest products issued by the U.S. Mint.

May 2 saw the release of a silver Presidential medal honoring 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor. During just its first week of availability, the medal has garnered 12,599 in sales, which is already up from the James K. Polk medal that came before it by more than 600.

Fast-forwarding to more modern times, 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy got the annual nod of half dollars bearing his portrait. Issued on May 5, two-roll sets and 200-coin bags of the Kennedy half have both reached their product limits.

This week we also get the first glimpse of bullion sales for the month of May. Gold Buffalo sales are reported at 16,500 so far, bringing the year-to-date total to 198,500. Tenth-ounce gold American Eagles have taken off this month, already doubling its April sales total, coming in at 50,000 so far in May.

Silver American Eagles have also started out the month strong. At 425,000 in sales in less than two weeks into May, they have reached half of the April month total of 850,000. Year-to-date sales are inching ever closer to that 10 million-mark, with a current total of 8,856,500.