This post will take a look at the most recent sales figures for the 2008-W Uncirculated and Proof Gold Buffalo coins. Most of the US Mint’s offerings for these coins sold out earlier this week.
The sold out coins include all of the individual and four coin set offerings for both proof and uncirculated coins. There are two US Mint products still available which include Gold Buffalo coins.
The first is the 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set. This set includes a 1/2 ounce 2008-W Gold Buffalo and 1/2 ounce 2008-W Gold Eagle. From what I have been able to determine, these coins do carry the “W” mint mark. So the Gold Buffalo coin included is comparable to the sold out individual coin. The set is priced at $1,078.88.
The second available product is the 2008 Gold Buffalo Celebration Coin. This is a one ounce 2008 Gold Buffalo coin in special packaging. It appears that this coin does not bear the “W” mint mark, which makes it comparable to the regular bullion coins. This coin is priced at $968.88.
The sales figures below come from the latest Mint Stats published by Numismaster, which report US Mint sales through December 7, 2008. That means some of the numbers may continue to increase (or decrease) from these levels. I will post another round of updated sales figures once the numbers settle down. The first column lists the sales per individual ordering option. The second column lists the cumulative totals per coin (individual sales plus 4 coin set).
2008-W Uncirculated Gold Buffalo Sales Figures
2008 Proof Gold Buffalo Sales Figures
While these numbers are definitely higher than those of the sold out 2008-W Unc & Proof Platinum Eagles reviewed yesterday, this is might outweighed by the broader collector base for the Gold Buffalo coins.
Another interesting aspect this year’s Gold Buffalo offerings is that they will stand alone as the one and only year of issuance. The 2008-W Uncirculated versions and fractional proof versions were just introduced in 2008. The US Mint recently announced the discontinuation of all collectible Gold Buffalo coins except the one ounce proof coin.