The opening sales figures are now available for the 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins. The individual proof and uncirculated gold coins, silver dollars, and half dollars, along with a three coin proof set went on sale at the US Mint on March 21, 2013.
The opening figures have come in below the levels of the prior year programs as well as this year’s Girl Scouts Silver Dollars.
Shown below are the sales totals per coin through the reporting date of March 25, 2013. The totals for the proof coins take into account the coins sold within the three coin sets.
For the full sales report and breakdown of sales, see Coin Update News.
|5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins Debut Sales Figures|
|2013 5-Star Proof $5 Gold||6,209|
|2013 5-Star Unc $5 Gold||1,674|
|2013 5-Star Proof Silver Dollar||13,010|
|2013-5 Star Unc Silver Dollar||8,110|
|2013 5-Star Proof Half Dollar||13,438|
|2013 5-Star Unc Half Dollar||6,372|
For comparison purposes, here are the debut sales figures for the 2012 and other 2013 commemorative coin programs.
|Other Commemorative Coin Debut Sales Figures|
|2012 SSB Proof $5 Gold||9,267|
|2012 SSB Unc $5 Gold||2,355|
|2012 SSB Proof Silver Dollar||50,643|
|2012 SSB Unc Silver Dollar||18,763|
|2012 Infantry Proof Silver Dollar||42,484|
|2012 Infantry Unc Silver Dollar||12,191|
|2013 Girl Scouts Proof Silver Dollar||29,331|
|2013 Girl Scouts Unc Silver Dollar||12,293|
Some things to consider when drawing comparisons:
The Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins, which showed the strongest opening figures, went on sale on a Monday. This means that the opening figures included a full week of sales. The other programs went on sale Thursday or Friday. To some extent the lower sales of the other programs may be the result of the shorter initial sales period covered in reporting.
The Infantry Proof Silver Dollars were initially available within special limited edition sets, which provided a boost to sales numbers. The special limited edition sets for the Girl Scouts and 5-Star General programs will be released at a later date.
Numismatic Gold Coin Price Increase Possible
Based on the available information, a price increase for the US Mint’s available gold numismatic products may occur tomorrow.
The average price of gold for the weekly period will most likely be within the $1,600 to $1,649.99 range. This is one tier higher than the range currently in use, which suggests a price increase. However, the US Mint has a secondary criteria that the Wednesday PM London PM Fix price must agree directionally with any change.
As such, in the most likely scenario, if the Wednesday PM Fix price is $1,600 or greater, then a price increase will occur. If the price is below $1,600, then there would be no price change.
Price changes are usually made effective around mid-morning Wednesday, after the Fix price becomes available. Impacted products would include the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins and the products containing the 2013 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Coin.