Over the past few weeks, the 2008 Proof Gold Eagles have steadily disappeared from the US Mint’s website. It seemed that every few days another option would slip into back order status or sell out. The first options to go were the 1 ounce coin and 4 Coin Set. The 1/2 ounce coin and 1/4 ounce coin followed, with the 1/10 ounce coin the last to sell out.
The US Mint sales figures published January 5 by Numismaster show low sales figures which should translate into low final coin mintages. The first column displays the sales per individual ordering option and the second column displays the total per coin (individual sales plus 4 Coin Set sales).
|2008 Proof Gold Eagle Sales Figures|
|4 Coin Set||9,569|
These numbers are quite low for Proof Gold Eagles. By comparison, the last reported sales figures for the 2007 Gold Eagles show amounts more than double the 2008 figures above. Looking back over the entire Proof Gold Eagle series, the only numbers I see around these low levels are for the 1997 and 1998 coins.
As the proof versions sold out, the 2008-W Uncirculated Gold Eagles slipped into back order status. Sales figures are also at very low levels. With the exception of the 1/2 ounce coin, the sales figures for 2007-W Unc Gold Eagles were more than double the amounts below. As with the proof coins, these numbers can still increase, but things are certainly looking interesting.
|2008-W Unc Gold Eagle Sales Figures|
|4 Coin Set||2,346|
*includes sales figures for Double Prosperity Set