2011-W Uncirculated $50 Gold Eagle Sold Out

Yesterday, the one ounce 2011-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle sold out on the US Mint’s website. The latest available sales figures show a strong possibility that this coin may mark a new mintage low across all American Gold Eagles.

From 2006 to 2008, the United States Mint offered collectible uncirculated versions of the American Gold Eagle, individually in four denominations or as a complete four coin set. These coins were struck on specially burnished blanks and carried the “W” mint mark. Near the end of 2008, the US Mint announced the cancellation of the fractional versions of the coins, with plans to offer only the one ounce size in the following year. This never came to pass, as high demand for bullion coins resulted in the cancellation of numismatic offerings. The one ounce collectible uncirculated Gold Eagle was similarly cancelled in 2010.

After the two year hiatus, the US Mint once again offered 2011-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle on May 5, 2011. From the outset, I had mentioned the possibility for a low mintage to occur. The collectible uncirculated coins never managed to generate the same interest level as the proof versions of the coins, and even after a two year absence, there did not seem to be a great deal of pent up demand.

The initial sales for the product came in rather low at 1,098 and proceeded at a relatively subdued level. There were some spikes in sales during the course of the offering, particularly during the unusual period when some of the US Mint’s numismatic gold coins were selling near bullion prices.

The most recent sales report, just published today shows sales for the 2011-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle at 8,810. The sales reporting date is the same day that the coins sold out, so it is possible that an updated figure may be provided next week. Also bear in mind that these are sales figures, not final audited mintage figures, which the US Mint can sometimes take years to release. However, as it currently stands, this would represent a new mintage low across all denominations and versions of the American Gold Eagle.

The three next lowest mintage Gold Eagles are shown below.

Low Mintage American Gold Eagles

2008-W $10 Uncirculated Gold Eagle 8,883
2006-W $50 Reverse Proof Gold Eagle  9,996
2007-W $25 Uncirculated Gold Eagle  11,455

 

The current mintage low 2008-W Uncirculated $10 Gold Eagle has sold for prices of more than $1,000 on the secondary market, which represents a significant increase in value for quarter ounce gold coin. If memory serves, prices didn’t reach this level until about a year after the initial sell out.

How will the 2011-W Uncirculated $50 Gold Eagle fare? There might be an immediate price bump, but in the longer term I think it will depend in great part on whether the US Mint continues to offer collectible uncirculated Gold Eagles in the coming years. If the coins continue to be offered, mintages may creep even lower for future years, particularly if gold prices continue higher. This would make the 2011-W less exceptional. However, if the US Mint discontinues the offering, this would solidify the status of the 2011-W Uncirculated Gold Eagle as the mintage low for the series, making the coin much more significant.

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Comments

  1. yipee says

    Another excellent rundown by Michael, but accoring to Eric Jordan’s book, Modern Commemorative Coins, the two lowest mintage coins in the entire Gold Eagle Series are the $5 1999-w unc. at about 6,000 and the $10 1999-w unc. at less than 6,000. Granted these are estimates since there are no published figures for them but he does make a rather convincing case for these mintages based upon expected die life and current grading company population reports.

  2. says

    While these mintages are low for the AGE series, they PALE in comparison to the American Platinum Eagle series, and especially with the 2006-2008-W burnished uncirculated platinum versions! And the really great thing is that a new design is featured on the reverse of the platinum numismatic coins. A real bonus!

  3. simon says

    I’ve always liked the 1 Oz AGE-W coin. Let’s hope they continue the series, and there are lower mintages for successive years. I was actually hoping they would reinstate the fractionals in the W-format. This will make the entire series very highly collectible. I’m planning on getting the 07 and 08 to get going (I do have a 06 from the 3-set special)

  4. Steve says

    A little off topic here, but has anyone else had an experience with their credit card company not counting purchases from the U S Mint as reward points? I purchased the 25th Anniversary sets last year and I was told by US Bank/REI that it was a cash transaction and therefore no points would be allocated for that. Insane. I could understand if it was a direct ship situation, but a 5 coin collectible for $300. Michael has anyone else brought this up?

  5. DCDave says

    Glad I snagged a 2011-W recently on the price dip, thanks Michael, BUT I honestly can say I’m less excited looking at the coin than the 100K minted reverse proof silver Eagle.

    Happy I have a nice “investment”, but can only get so excited about a vanilla coin. My 25th Ann Silver Set (just one) is way more fun to look at.

  6. MarkInFla says

    I seem to be getting my 1% cash back for Mint purchases on my Discover card. Hey, if it was a cash advance wouldn’t you also get charged a cash advance fee on your CC?

  7. Anon says

    just to point out the quarter eagle sold 8,883, the 2011 uncirculated is at 8,810, and there were 173 of them sold in November. Needs less than 73 sold in December/January to make a winner. Gonna be really really close.

  8. TMM says

    It seems as though there will NOT be a price increase this week! But I am sure there will be one next week.

  9. wing says

    @Anon

    The 8,810 is from the US Mint sales report dated Jan 17, 2012, which should report accumulative sales up to Jan 15, 2012, if not more.

    That means this number, 8,810, is just within a couple days before the sold out.

    Next week’s report (I doubt there will be that much change), should give us roughly the whole picture of the sales number. Of course, after that, there will also be minor adjustment for a few weeks such as order cancellation… etc.

    As Michael pointed out, the final audited number won’t be available in later this year or even in years, so this 8,810 is a fairly good estimate for the total sales right now.

  10. Michael says

    yipee-

    I was considering mentioning the 1999-W Gold Eagles “struck with unfinished proof dies” but they are not really a regular issue, but rather an error/ variety/ or unintentional mint product- depending on what you read. Collector perception also seems to put them into a different classification than a regular issue.

    When I mention mintages for Silver Eagles, I generally leave out the 2008-W Reverse of 2008 variety. When mentioning circulating coin mintages, I don’t cite particular varieties as the lowest mintage issues.

  11. says

    Gary,

    Talked a friend into buying the 2011 platinum just before today’s price increase. I’m still somewhat hopeful the 2011 platinum eagle might prove to be a good value in the end.

    Still, I’d say the big surprise of 2011 are the army clad half dollars. I was not expecting the kinds of premiums for them I saw on EBay, even after Michael’s recommendation.

  12. John C says

    I was going to liquidate my 7 2011 w gold eagles about a month ago and now I’m glad I didn’t. It’s just a lot of cash to have tied up for any period of time.

  13. John C says

    BTW all 7 of my coins have perfect obverses but seem to have the same die imperfection above the eagle on the reverse. Has anyone else noticed this?

  14. Anon says

    I got my third one on Monday, the obverse looks pretty bad, almost like it got a bad blank was struck.

  15. Brad says

    John C,

    Yes, I noticed the die imperfection. All three of my coins have it, too. I figured they were all that way, so I didn’t bother to send them back.

  16. al in ohio says

    Was an avid w-burnished collector I remember the price for this coin was something like $2082 when first released and sold for this price most of its release-rivaling the platinum eagle. Really hard to keep the plat series going.and this w coin series at the same time. The gap between 08 and 11 in the burnished w eagle $50 series was just in bad taste for the mint to do that to a series, so I think alot of people just didn”t care as much as others for the continuation following the gap. Those who paid over $2082 for the origional issue price still have $200 to make up before their coin equals the price paid by those who were lucky enough to get the lower price . Also as it gets to the end of sales, your chances of getting a returned coin are greater.

  17. Walt says

    The latest sales of this coin are backordered, so hopefully they are minting them and not sending out returns!

  18. SliderMaker-mp says

    John C & Brad,

    Are your imperfections in the metal or a toning-type spot? Mine has a small rosy/rainbow type area above the eagle that looks almost like oil on water when rotated under a good light. Not noticeable unless conditions are right.

    Still worth slippin’ into the Whitman!

  19. G says

    got one on backorder, probably like many here. did they count the backorders in the total sales? hate to be the one to put it over the magic number, but i’d rather that than no coin… good luck to those with orders in, and to those that got ’em- nice- now when are they taking the buffaloes off?

  20. John C says

    I don’t have the coins in front of me to look at, but from my memory I thought they were finger prints at first.Maybe 3 or 4 wavy lines in an arc similar to what a finger print would look like. At first I thought it was a dumb mint employee who placed it in the capsule with oily bare hands. I think after looking at all 7 of them I concluded that it was in the die. I guess I could try to look up some graded coins on ngc’s website and look at the high resolution pictures and see if there are other coins with this problem. I suspect a lot of them have it. It is just annoying that with such a low mintage and high premium coin the mint could get it right. I bought these from the mint about 5 months ago so I was hoping that they were not anybody’s sloppy seconds.

  21. Samuel says

    How does the Mint handle the returns? They save the returns to the last minute when all new ones are sold? Or, they receive the return, turn around, and put in a new box and mail it to the next customer? I ordered one Monday night, got back-ordered.

    And, for APMEX, the not graded ones on their website, all pre-screened? So, all the ones in original boxes are 69 and below? Ordered one from them almost the last minute (when 18 left).

  22. VA Bob says

    Glad everyone that wanted one had plenty of time to pick it up. That said, before anyone quits their job for an early retirement, I hope they read the entire article Michael wrote, especially this part:

    “The collectible circulated coins never managed to generate the same interest level as the proof versions of the coins, and even after a two year absence, there did not seem to be a great deal of pent up demand.”

    Basically, that says interest was low. A break in the series didn’t help much. Maybe it (interest) will pick up, but I personally doubt it. Why would anyone that had lots of time to pick this up over a reasonably period of time, all of a sudden need it now at a MUCH larger premium? Now I hope everyone profits, and I believe they will to some extent, but I also believe the folks that are saying that lower mintages are the new “normal” are correct. 8000+ is a low number, but few if any of these beauties will ever be lost or lose their grade below MS67. How many pre-1933 20 dollar gold pieces, pick any single year, have over 8K in MS67 available?

    I hope more collectors than dealers/flippers got theirs from the git go (I’d like to believe that is the case this time around). Unlike the 25th Annie Silver, where more folks interested in selling them for a big, quick profit got them, than strong collector hands. Seems a bit of the luster is off those sets now. The 2011 W AGE will certainly be one to watch.

  23. RR says

    I bought my Gold Eagle in Nov. it had a spot like a finger print on it too, I sent it in to PCGS it came a 69 with no finger print. What happened to the spot on my coin? How did it disappear?

  24. simon says

    RR: simple – pcgs cleaned it off with solvent and ultrasonics.

    VA : I agree – a rarity is a boon for collectors – because they collect! The timing of profiteering is a very risky game.

  25. Louis says

    VA Bob,
    The same point could be made about the army halves that no one wanted until sales were over. Now they are going for many multiples of issue price.

    But for those waiting for their big pay-off on the AGE, just be patient. It may take a while.

    As for the quality of the 2011-W AGE, I looked through 20 raw coins (which almost all had issues) until I found one that I could not find any problems with. I think 70’s of this coin will go for a nice premium not counting the mintage levels and the fact that gold will eventually go much higher.

    I think that interest in the burnished coins is hard to measure since the Mint has not sold any since 2008 except this coin. If you make them, they will buy them, especially the smaller sizes.

  26. Anon says

    Va bob you are wrong. I had a 2008 1/4 ounce I bought and had graded. Just sold it on eBay for 1580 before year end. Big profit on low montage of a popular coin.

  27. Louis says

    I agree. All the burnished coins 2006-2008 have done well on secondary market, therefore collector interest must be significant.

  28. Hidalgo says

    Does anyone know the NGC and PCGS populations of MS70s for the 2011-W $50 AGE coin?

    As I mentioned before, part of the reason for the low number of coins sold is that these $50 AGE coins ain’t cheap. I am uncertain how many of us can afford to buy 3 or 4 of these at current prices and hold them until we’re ready to sell (note: I am a collector, not a flipper or investor). When gold was cheaper, yeah, it was easy to buy multiples, but that ain’t so no more…..!

  29. says

    Louis and VA Bob,

    I think demand in part will be judged based on whether the series continues after 2011. If this is the last W they mint, then it’s going to go to the moon in terms of value. I regret not having enough money for it, but I ended up picking the platinum eagle to purchase.

  30. stephen m. says

    I also didn’t have the funds to purchase this AGE either. The last gold i did buy was the 2009 UHR Double Eagle, 1 ea. It was hard to come by the money for it. Gold doesn’t come easy or often to me but the UHR was and still is a beautiful, key gold modern coin that i’m very proud to own.

  31. Wylson says

    Hildago, “I am uncertain how many of us can afford to buy 3 or 4 of these at current prices and hold them until we’re ready to sell (note: I am a collector, not a flipper or investor).”

    I’m uncertain who will have the means to afford to buy them from the collectors/flippers. Already almost $2,000 at issue.

  32. says

    Michael, on the 2011 ATB 5oz bullion sales. I didn’t think that the AP’s could order any more from the Mint after 12/31/2011.
    However, on numismaster.com’s sales report today, the totals are: Gettsburg/Glacier 126,700 each, Olympic 84,600, Vicksburg 36,300 and Chickasaw 27,400 for a total of 401,700.

    Can you provide any info regarding whether or not sales of the 2011 ATB 5oz bullion coins to the AP’s are continuing in 2012? Thanks

  33. Michael says

    The legislation states:

    SALE.—Bullion coins minted under paragraph (1)—
    ‘‘(A) shall become available for sale no sooner than the first day of the calendar year in which the circulating quarter dollar of which such bullion coin is a duplicate is issued; and
    ‘‘(B) may only be available for sale during the year in which such circulating quarter dollar is issued.

    My interpretation is that the 2011-dated coins can not be sold to AP’s in 2012. I have been trying to get a specific confirmation from the US Mint, but still waiting for a reply.

  34. John-1 says

    I had to sell my 2009 Buffalo to pick up the 2011 Unc AGE. I bought around the peak in price but since I sold the Buffalo for a profit it basically made it a good deal. If there is a 2012 Unc AGE and the number seems to trend EVEN lower than the 2011, I will sell my 2011 and buy the 2012 and keep repeating as I suspect the price of gold will keep pushing the numbers down.

    BTW: The first coin I got had a huge scratch so I had to return it, the second coin was backordered a few weeks so it probably came from a new batch.

    To answer someone’s question, I think the mint will melt coins with obvious flaws but if the coin looks good to the naked eye and it was a return it probably will get resold. The final 5 oz G.C. sales numbers show that the mint will melt defective coins. I had to buy 4 or 5 rejects until I finally just bought a slab G.C. because I was tired of retuning the bad coins!

  35. Brad says

    Winn,

    I noticed there weren’t many for sale on eBay too, as of last night anyway. I only saw one, and it was an NGC-70 for $2,895 as I recall. I thought about buying it, as that price for a slabbed MS-70 might look like a bargain in a few months. I ultimately decided to just settle for my three raw specimens in OGP.

    I think “EvilFlipper” is right. These will be winners for sure. I’m confident that will be the case even if there is a 2012 Unc AGE W coin issued. It’s possible the Mint might not bother with it though after the poor performance of the 2011.

    Even if there is a 2012, it will probably sell more units than the 2011 due to no one wanting to miss out on a winner like they did in 2011. But, that will rob the 2012 coin of the one thing that made the 2011 so collectible: Low mintage!

  36. says

    Brad, try this as a search on ebay:
    “2011-w gold eagle $50″…I get a total of 15 auctions with 9 being for the unc and 6 for the proof. Their is an unc w NGC MS70 for $2450 and another for $2495.

  37. says

    Michael…thanks for the quick response on the 2011 ATB bullion sells to the AP’s. Please let us know if you get a confirmation one way or the othr from the Mint.
    Thanks again.

  38. The Asian Guy says

    What do you guys think about the comparison between the 2011-W Gold Eagle and 2008-W Gold Buffalo 1 Oz Proof?

  39. VA Bob says

    Louis – The Army clad half’s price increase is interesting, I’m just not sure it will last after the hype dissipates. Sure it’s a low mintage (for clad), but lets be honest, the design isn’t exactly the most exciting 50 piece out there. The bad thing about hype is someone usually gets caught holding the bag. I got mine, I hope they do well.

    Anon – never said one couldn’t make money off of a 2011 W AGE, just curious about future interest which will determine values. You mention your 2008 sale and that’s good, but one could just as easily point to the UHR’s current value, and that has a much greater mintage. Same for the 2001 silver buffalo. One off’s seem to generate more of that kind attention, while low mintages seem to fuel hype, for better or worse (my opinion, which by the way can’t be wrong as it is mine whether anyone agrees or not, that’s on them, We won’t have the facts for many years to come). It all boils down to interest. Personally I hope you make a bundle off it if that’s what you want, I’m definitely not hating on the coin.

    The Asian Guy – IMO apples and oranges. Some folks prefer Buff’s, others AGE’s. Personally I believe the Buff fractional are more interesting, as they are only a one year type. As for the 2008 1oz Buff proof it was going for more than the 2008 1oz Buff UNC which has a smaller mintage (sorry, haven’t followed the prices lately to say if that still holds true or not). I believe the popularity of the Buffalo pieces (including the long time appeal of the buffalo nickel) would lean a bit more in it’s favor, despite the mintage difference. If your planning on selling a 2012 W AGE I’d do it if it goes over the price of the Buff, as I believe will eventually settle slightly below.

  40. Mike says

    Anyone else get a survey from the mint? It mentioned the possibility of a two coin set of s mark eagles including a reverse proof. Mintage would be 100,000 and would cost $125 with a limit of 2 per household. It said two of these types of sets would be released a year and asked how interested I’d be in different types of coins including an ultra high relief. It won’t let me go back and look at it again now that I finished it so if anyone else gets it maybe they can confirm this was what it said.

  41. says

    Mike,

    Guess I should not be surprised about plans for more frequent reverse proof releases. The Mint made a ton of money on numismatic sales, and reverse proofs seem to be pretty popular. That would be a lot of silver eagle products for one year though. You’d have the bullion release, the proof, the W, and the S, and the reverse proof every year. Plus they’d probably start making “combination” sets like a two coin proof/reverse proof set and a two coin uncirculated S/W set.

    Very interesting info, thanks for the tip.

  42. Mike says

    The high relief was included as a choice for the silver eagle. It listed a whole bunch of coins including plain bullion, uncirculated with special mint mark, proof with special mint mark, reverse proof and ultra high relief and asked me to rate in order which three I’d be most interested in.

  43. ClevelandRocks says

    Happy the gold burnished W finally sold out, but mintage not so small like initially thought. Even if technically the lowest, there are a lot of low mintage items (ie. FS). I bought a burnished W gold and a proof Buffalo and enjoy the look of the Buffalo more than the gold W that looks like a plain bullion coin with a tiny “W” on it. I’m thinking of selling my “W” to buy more proof gold, but may hang onto it in case value goes even higher.

  44. Frankie says

    Silver just went above US$31/oz – it’s just a matter of time before the mint raises prices again…

  45. says

    Frankie,

    Yep.

    For folks who are planning to buy Vicksburg, Olympic, or the 2011-W uncirculated silver eagle, now is the time to do it. We will get a price increase soon if we keep moving towards $33 in silver.

  46. Louis says

    Silver on the cusp of $32 right now….Too bad the Chickasaw coin does not release for almost a month. A higher price seems likely.

    Mike, Thanks for the survey info. VERY in interesting. Is this the survey that pops up sometimes when one goes to the Mint site, or were you contacted directly?

    I agree the Mint could try some more creative options, but I would not underestimate the appetite for collectible silver eagles. Those two-coin sets will be the product to get, if they ever come out. A high relief would be interesting too, but maybe with a different reverse or some other change. I know some would hate this, but a selectively gold plated one might be interesting.

  47. says

    “I know some would hate this, but a selectively gold plated one might be interesting.”

    Louis, do you mean something similar to the gilded dragons Perth offered last year?

    Also, I got caught up on your articles. I noticed in your world coins article that you mentioned a number of coins such as that French dragon you recommended to me earlier in the year.

  48. Mike says

    The survey was sent to my email and was from Erin Gentzle and National Analysts Worldwide. When I checked out their website they came up with a Philadelphia address.

  49. Louis says

    Hi Captain,
    Yes, I mean something like that where the devices, or some of them, are gilded, and the rest is as usual. If it was a one-off limited to 100K, it could be quite interesting. It’s hard to blame the Mint for wanting to milk the high relief and reverse proof cows again and again, but there is a danger of losing focus. For now, maybe they should focus on that possible palladium eagle, which would be a hot coin, especially since gold is getting too darn expensive for most of us.
    Thanks for you interest in my articles. I have the French dragon, and it is very nice.
    Did you have a chance to check out the story about the 1944-D steel penny that recently sold for 60K? It’s under breaking news.

  50. Doug says

    For those interested in the 2011 W AGE UNC gold coin and live close to Co, it is still on sale at the Denver Mint gift shop.

  51. Don says

    Samuel
    here a phone # of denver mint

    United States Mint

    320 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO | Map it

    (303) 405-4761

  52. says

    Hi folks,

    I got a copy of the survey Mike talked about earlier. I will copy parts of the text of the relevant questions. I had to manually type up most of this since it wouldn’t let me copy/paste from my browser window.

    The first screen told me that the Mint was interested in releasing a two coin set containing:

    American Eagle Silver San Francisco Proof bearing a “S” mint mark
    American Eagle Silver San Francisco Reverse Proof Coin bearing a “S” mint mark

    “This set will be the first in a series of annual special silver coin sets that the U.S. Mint will begin producing once per year, beginning in 2012. The second installment, featuring additional unique coins, would be produced in 2013.”

    The next screen said that the sets will go for $125, with a planned 100K mintage and apparently there will be five per household again, forgot to save this info screen, so I hope I remember right.

    The next page featured a question on whether you found certain coins appealing. The listed coins are:
    – Standard American Eagle silver proof coin
    – Standard American Eagle Silver uncirculated coin
    – American Eagle silver bullion
    – coin with a unique design feature – ultra high relief
    – uncirculated American Eagle silver coin with special mint mark (e.g., “S”, “D”, etc.)
    – coin with a unique finish – reverse proof
    – proof American Eagle silver coin with special mint mark (e.g., “S”, “D”, etc.)

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether the UHR or reverse proofs will be silver, but I assume they will be. When asked which I wanted most I indicated UHR and reverse proof as silver coins.

    They also included a question about the household limits for these annual coin sets. I picked “2″ and not “5.”

  53. Matt L. DeTectre says

    Wow, I like the idea of more silver coins as discussed in Capt. Overkill’s comment above. And a silver UHR would just be icing on the cake. Silver is the precious metal most collectors can afford. Sure the gold coins are outstanding but few can afford them. The proof ASE sells several hunerd thousand year in and year out. New silver might detract from the ASE but I doubt very much. Collectors will just add the other ones to their ASE collections. What collector could resist a yearly reverse proof or proof and reverse proof set.

    My wish list includes the mint doing a half oz. proof silver buffalo and what about a reverse proof silver buffalo? If they did this I might even start collecting the commems. They need to stay away from anymore 5 oz. coins other than the ATB’s which they have to do for now.

  54. Louis says

    I agree these are exciting ideas, and wish I had received the survey, but I wonder how a 2-coin set limited to 100K would affect prices for the 25th anniversary sets. I am thinking of selling two within a couple months before values decline after these new sets come out, if they ever do. There will no longer be any keys in the set. What do you all think?

  55. says

    Louis,

    If you’re holding sets specifically for sale, I’d recommend letting them go now. I have a flipper friend who held his a bit and told me values had declined for raw ungraded sets after a few weeks.

    I’m not a flipper though, and don’t know anyone other than my one friend who is, so I’m not an expert by any means.

  56. Louis says

    Thanks, CO. I have two unopened ones I want to sell. Prices have stabilized at $750 most places for raw sets, but unopened are going for more, around $800-900. You may not have seen it yet, but I have a new article out today on this on Coin Week. I am not a flipper per se either, but I would like to cover the cost of the ones I am keeping and a single 2011-S MS70 I bought. Given that the 20th anniv. sets are back to $500 each, $750 for the 25th sounds about right, but I don’t know if they will go higher with this new info. (except PCGS 70 sets).

    Thanks for posting the survey info. Very useful and interesting too. Apparently I was not randomly selected. So this actually came to your e-mail box? It did not pop up when you were at the Mint site?

  57. says

    Louis,

    The survey info did come to my mailbox, yes. The emailer was “Erin Gentzle” from National Analysts Worldwide. The subject line was “US MINT Special Sets Survey.” I ordered some Chickasaw quarters earlier today and I suspect that might have had something to do with it. I also ordered the Olympic and Vicksburg AtB 5 oz coins fairly recently as well, as I mentioned, which might have been the trigger. Text of the email below:

    Dear XXXXXXXXXXXXX

    National Analysts Worldwide is conducting a brief survey, on behalf
    of the United States Mint, to identify how the United States Mint can
    improve the products and services it provides. The survey is
    entirely voluntary, and should take about 10-15 minutes of your time.
    The deadline for completing the survey is January 29th, 2012.

    You can get to the survey by clicking on this link
    (redacted)
    or (if that doesn’t work) by copying the entire URL into your browser.

    If you have any questions while you are completing the survey, please
    e-mail me at info834@nationalanalysts.com, or call 1-800-342-9102
    x6930 9am to 5pm EST. If you would like more information about
    National Analysts Worldwide, you may visit the firm’s website at www.
    nationalanalysts.com

    Thank you again for participating in our study.

    Sincerely,

    Erin Gentzle
    Associate Operations Manager
    National Analysts Worldwide

  58. Hidalgo says

    The army clad 50 cent coins are selling at higher prices. But the army gold uncirculated $5 coins are barely selling over their last sales prices. So it goes to show you that mintages alone do not determine secondary market values….

  59. Louis says

    It’s way too soon to draw that conclusion plus that is not true about prices. The last three sold on e-Bay went for $590, $607 and $625, which is more than 50% more than I paid from the Mint. That is an excellent return in a short period, but the premium for these will probably not fully kick in for several years. That is what has happened with similar coins in the past. The Library of Congress $10, for example, that issued at $400 rose to $2,000 quickly, but today it is $3-4,000 depending on whether raw or MS70.

  60. Hidalgo says

    Hi Louis,

    I bought an uncirculated Army gold $5 piece a few days before they were sold out. I think I paid $500 for it, so sales of $590 – $625 are relatively small increases in value. We’ll see if values increase with time…..

  61. DCDave says

    The ’06 reverse proof is way nicer than the ’11 w burnished even though there were 10% more made. It’s more than mintage, it’s demand.
    Sell your ’11w’s while everyone thinks it is such a great thing.
    I wish I would have bought an ’06 gold rev-proof. Too pricey now and looks like they will continue to climb in price. Can’t say that about the ’11 w.

  62. ajbuckle says

    With all due respect DCDave, the 06w gold reverse proof has not had any price action since 2007. It has been stalled out at $3,000 since then, even though gold has appreciated substantially in that time.

    Sorry to hear that you missed out on the 11w at the mint price.

  63. Walt says

    2011-W gold eagle just cancelled. Says it is no longer available. order was placed on 1/16/12. Is this happeneing to others and what will it do to the mintage numbers for this coin?

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