This week we take a break from some of the usual boxes to bring you the full list of state quarter mintages and the list of Presidential dollar coin mintages. Some readers have requested them and I am happy to oblige.
I have been saying nice things about the demand for Presidential dollar coins this year. This week I have to point out that minuses swept through the columns of roll and bag listings as if the inventory of an entire business had been returned to the Mint.
Buyers of the 2012 clad proof set seem to be quickly satisfied. Demand has fallen to just 18,305 this week to bring the running total to 261,799. At that rate it will take almost four months to double the present number.
The five-quarter 2012 proof set joins the list this week with an initial sales number of 50,774. The 2011 set so far has sold 141,165, roughly half the number of sets as the 2010. Will the 2012 set break the downtrend or simply extend it?
A few more modest changes have been made to this page to make it of continuing use to readers. More will be made in coming weeks.
Will the government’s decision to strike no more Presidential dollars for circulation and restrict their mintages to the number purchased by collectors increase the number of bags and rolls that collectors buy? I don’t know the answer to that, but I expect the dollar listings on these pages will take on a little bit more importance as collectors follow the potential mintages.
Gold American Eagle bullion coin sales were still dragging along for this week’s numbers, but news of the Federal Reserve’s decision not to curtail its $85 billion a month of bond buying caused a spurt higher for gold’s price.