The United States Mint has published pricing in the Federal Register for the 2013 commemorative coin offerings. In a previous post, I had mentioned a price increase for the silver dollars. A price increase will also take place for one of the clad offerings.
While the US Mint has held the line on pricing for most of their numismatic products, silver coins have seen prices this year increased despite market silver prices that are flat or down compared to the prior year. When a large batch of 2013 product prices were published earlier this year, the only increases were for silver coins.
The most recent notification included the following prices:
|2013 Girl Scouts Proof Silver Dollar||54.95||59.95|
|2013 Girl Scouts Uncirculated Silver Dollar||50.95||55.95|
|2013 5-Star Generals Proof Silver Dollar||54.95||59.95|
|2013 5-Star Generals Uncirculated Silver Dollar||50.95||55.95|
|2013 5-Star Generals Proof Half Dollar||17.95||21.95|
|2013 5-Star Generals Uncirculated Half Dollar||16.95||20.95|
The 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program will also include proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins. Prices were not included in the notification since the Mint will presumably continue to use the pricing grid structure introduced last year. Under the grid, prices are determined based on the average market price of gold and are subject to potential adjustment on a weekly basis. The commemorative gold coin price grid can be found here.
As customary, commemorative coins will be available at lower introductory prices for a certain period before higher regular pricing goes into effect. The introductory period for the Girl Scouts Silver Dollars will run from February 28 to March 29. The 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins are scheduled to go on sale March 21, with the introductory period likely to be about a month in duration.
Compared to the prior year, the proof commemorative silver dollar prices reflect an increase of $5 per coin, and the uncirculated commemorative silver dollar prices reflect an increase of $6 per coin. The uncirculated half dollar price reflects an increase of $1 compared to the price for 2011, the last time a commemorative half dollar was issued.
It is worth noting that the prices for these offerings include surcharges which are distributable to the beneficiary organizations, the Girl Scouts of the USA and the United States Army Command and General Staff College Foundation. The surcharge amounts are $5 per half dollar, $10 per silver dollar, and $35 per gold coin.