2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars

Today, March 13, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars. The coins are issued to recognize and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation.

The commemorative coin program was authorized under Public Law 112-209 and provides for up to 500,000 coins to be minted and issued across proof and uncirculated versions. Under the law, the designs are to be emblematic of the mission and programs of the March of Dimes, and its distinguished record of generating Americans’ support to protect our children’s health.

2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar

The selected obverse design for the silver dollar is intended to represent the past of the foundation. It carries profile portraits of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk, two leaders in the fight against polio. The inscriptions are “Liberty”, “In God We Trust”, and “2015”. The obverse was designed by Paul C. Balan and engraved by Michael Gaudioso.


The reverse design is intended to represent the foundation’s current dedication to the health of babies everywhere. It depicts a baby cuddled in the hand of a parent. The inscriptions are “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$1”, and “March of Dimes”. The reverse was designed and engraved by Don Everhart.

The United States Mint had initially prepared 22 different obverse and 18 different reverse design candidates for the program. In addition to depictions of President Roosevelt, Dr. Salk, and babies, some candidates had included images of Mercury Dimes and Roosevelt Dimes associated with the organization’s fundraising efforts. View all design candidates here.

During the design review phase, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) had recommended the selected obverse, but an alternate reverse depicting a mother cradling a baby in her arms. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) had recommended an alternative obverse carrying an image of Dr. Jonas Salk, a 1946 Roosevelt Dime, and a dime fundraising card. For the reverse they had recommended an alternate design showing a dime being inserted into a collection card slot and a pair of leg braces and shoes. Find coverage of the CCAC and CFA recommendations here and here.

Under the authorizing legislation, the Secretary of the Treasury had the final authority to select the designs for the coin, following consultation with the March of Dimes and Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollars are available in proof and uncirculated versions. The proof version is struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mint mark. The uncirculated version is struck at the Philadelphia Mint and carries the “P” mint mark. Each coin is struck in 90% silver with a weight of 26.73 grams and diameter of 1.500 inches. The maximum mintage is 500,000 across both proof and uncirculated versions.

The silver dollars are initially available under introductory pricing of $46.95 for the proof and $43.95 for the uncirculated coin. After April 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, regular pricing of $51.95 for the proof and $48.95 for the uncirculated coin will go into effect.

A special set containing the proof silver dollar and two specially produced 90% silver Roosevelt Dimes will be offered for sale on May 4, 2015. This set carries a product limit of 75,000 units and an ordering limit of 5 units per household. Additional information on the special set can be found here.

The prices for all 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars include a surcharge of $10 per coin. These surcharges are distributable to the March of Dimes to help finance research, education, and services aimed at improving the health of women, infants, and children.

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  1. Ralph says

    Here we go!
    Another round of “Backordered” and “OOS”.
    Think I will pass on these.

  2. Ends in Error says

    If you believe in the cause of March of Dimes how about donating the cost of this Coin instead of buying it. That way, instead of $10 , March of Dimes will get $46.95 .

  3. thePhelps says

    Ends…I think the idea on thise site is to buy the coins. The fact that $10 goes to the charity/organization as a result of that purchase. There is a charity site available for the MOD as well…maybe you meant to send non-coin-collectors there?


  4. Dustyroads says

    Ends in Error~ The March Of Dimes appears to be unable to operate efficiently. As it is, reports are that they are operating in a deficit. Even if I did want to give to the charity, it would at least in my case be lower than the IRS’s standard deduction. I don’t see how it would help them much, but at least I would have 26.73 grams of silver and a possible low selling uncirculated dollar.

  5. gary says

    Hi Jerry! In reference to your posts in the last thread. I agree with you (and for the most part share your view about most things numismatic). Your posts never read like a rant to me. They are well written thoughts and I enjoy reading them.
    No question at all, the dysfunction of Congress has always been prevalent but as you pointed out it has been growing steadily worse from the start of this century. And clearly, the dysfunction is bi-partisan and all of the posturing and brinkmanship has created the bureaucratic inertia of today’s government.

    As I mentioned in my post, even if Congress wanted to kick the can down the road on outright abolishing the cent and/or nickel, how hard would it have been to draft a bill to require suspension of minting of coins at least for periods of time when it would cost more to make than their face value?

    Seems to me a pretty straightforward approach (even though not completely solving the problem), but it would at least, in a small way, stem the bleeding of government waste.

    I guess this never occurred to anyone on the Hill.

  6. Dustyroads says

    I like the CFA’s recommendation they made for the reverse of this coin. The leg braces really did hit on the true nature of the charity during the era. However, the Treasury Secretary didn’t see the point in following along the lines of the obverse of the coin, and chose to jump to the present endeavors of the organization with a simple generic image of a child. The Mint indeed does have a target buyer, which I believe are the 55+ males which are holding a vast amount of wealth, but may be wanting to also target a younger, unfamiliar with the March Of Dimes era age group, who will be the future US Mint buyers. Whatever the reason for the selection of the two designs for this coin, it was not up to us, but we are the ones who will ultimately decide whether their choices were good ones.

  7. JBK says

    Why buy a single proof when for a little more youu can get 2 low mintage dimes in the upcoming set?

  8. Larry says

    So when the set comes out, basically you are getting the two dimes for 5 bucks apiece. There is no way you are EVER going to pick up the RP dime for close to 5 bucks ever again. Seems almost a no brainer.

  9. Brad says

    Yeah, the special set with the two unique dimes is definitely a no-brainer. Some were trying to cast doubt on them by talking about the 1996-W dime not having too much value today, but that’s not really a good comparison. After all, there were nearly 1,458,000 of those minted, which is a trifle more than 75,000!

    With the low price point and a limit of 5, those sets will be gone on day one.

  10. jeff says

    I’ll pass another dud, who’s driving this ship we call the US Mint? can’t wait to hear Dusty inform us of a sellout on this piece of ****, 500K to many by about 450K they don’t need your money anyway.

  11. thePhelps says

    jeff… perfect opportunity for you … the mint has an openning for a director. You have been b*tching about the place repeatedly – why not apply and/or move on.

    This isn’t my favorite offering – but it beats many that have comeout of late.

  12. KEITHSTER says

    The doubt that comes to my mind is the other 300,000 or so of the reverse proof dimes in the proposed reverse proof sets? So that makes the W dime the rare one kind of anyway. Unless they make the reverse set in Frisco then all’s good? Say anyone check there Denver quarters yet there seems to be some trouble with the RS initials on the right corn at least on the die crack-chip ones and it also seems progressive with the four different types I’ve found already .Did find a new one and it’s the neatest so far! I’ve named it after the slang for chipped beef on toast come on veterans you know what that is. Ya it looks like someone took a dump right on top of the roof to the right side on top of the you know what but it’s head is still showing also the one on the left has a full head and seems to be trying to wiggle his way out of there and not only that it has the R is almost gone but might have been in a rolling machine accident as it was the outside coin? Can’t wait to find somemore of the SOS ones will have to crack that roll well got to go so Good Luck To Us All:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>

  13. A Bob says

    It will be interesting to see if the uncirculated outsells the proof. Many will wait for the set.
    I can see the uncirculated selling fewer then the tragic uncirculated Girl Scouts… Unless they offer it in a set late in the year.

  14. JBK says

    It is all a matter of perspective, I guess. I remember the days when you had two choices – the annual proof set or the annual uncirculated set. You ordered it in the spring and received it in the fall.

    There were NO commemoratives, NO gold (and post-1933 gold coins were illegal for private ownership), NO mint-issued bullion of any kind. It was an earth-shattering numismatic event when the Mint offered the Ike dollars in 40% silver, and when we had the Bicentennial designs for two years.

    How things have changed – now we have so much more to choose from and so much more to complain about.

  15. thePhelps says

    JBK… the missing part of your comment was pricing. The mint sold most of the offerings for a nominal fee above costs and free shipping. The mint has shifted to a larger profit margin as well along with the varied offerings.

  16. JBK says

    Pricing – good point, except for the Ike dollar which had a big (for the time) surcharge. But you are right – the sets were very reasonably priced.

  17. Dustyroads says

    Jeff…you and my cat are neck and neck for having the worst attitude, did do something to set you off?

  18. Mikein PA says

    seems they would have sold more if they kept the MoD set under wraps until mid summer, BTW the set is the spring suprise that i made reference to several months ago, release date was still pending then

  19. Dustyroads says

    KEITHSTER~ I was curious about you idea of the RP dimes being one of the coins in the 14 coin RP silver set being released later this year. Below is the Coin World article which states that the set you are referring to is to honor the San Francisco mint. The RP dime in the MoD set is as we know minted in Philly. You had be a bit concerned there for a moment because I like the two unique dimes, lets hope they stay that way!

  20. says

    As some have commented in an earlier MNB topic several weeks ago, it seems a bit odd to have the five ATB quarters which happen to be dated 2015 made in reverse proof, while none of the other ATB’s will have this distinction.

  21. says

    I just can’t get excited over these upcoming RP Roosevelt dimes. As for the special coins planned for the 2016 centennial, namely gold versions of the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar, now that’s something to get juiced about.

  22. Rick says

    E R uncirculated gold mintage <1950 sold out imminent!
    MS 70 sold today at 1455 at bay.

  23. Ends in Error says


    I’m ready for the 3 in 2016 also. It would be cool.to see them in Silver though.

    Can you imagine the toning ( natural toning – of course LOL ) that Silver editions could take? Toned Coins would generate much higher premiums than rare plastic / rare labels could ever generate.

  24. Jerry Diekmann says

    I am going to buy several of these coins for several reasons: because I think FDR and Dr. Salk are two of the greatest men in the history of the United States; because this coin recognizes how this organization and Dr. Salk were instrumental in defeating one of the worst scourges to ever affect human beings, and especially children; because it symbolizes and honors all mothers, nurses, teachers, and others, including fathers, especially those who have spent their lives loving, caring, protecting, and educating children to become responsible adults, and especially in honor of my wife Valerie, who will be retiring in July 2015 after over thirty years of caring for high-risk mothers and their babies.

    I will also try and buy some of the MoD sets too when they come out. I know many bloggers don’t care for this coin, but I care about it just as much as any retired Marine would have loved to acquire the 2005 coin honoring the Marines, and with its time-honored emblem of planting the USA flag on Iwo Jima .

  25. Jerry Diekmann says

    Gary – thank you for the kind comments – I do try to think; even if very few people ever listen – that’s OK. I try to make the world a better place – I don’t have an “S” on my chest and I can’t save the world, and I realize that many people may not care anything about what I say or agree with me. So, it’s nice to have some support along the way. Now, as for minting the cents and nickels at a loss – the two coins cost a lot more to manufacture and distribute than they are worth, so a suspension would need to take place immediately, and if nothing else happens, you know we will have a coin shortage, and people will be screaming that the Mint has screwed up again. I am old enough to remember the coin shortage that occurred during the 1960s, how coin collectors were blamed for the shortages(?!?!?), and mint marks were removed from coins, and proof sets were suspended, and a lot of unnecessary steps were taken by Congress and the Mint to resolve the problem which was caused, according to them, only by coin collectors, and not having having anything to do with silver coins being worth more than face value and being withdrawn by everybody, not just collectors – Gresham’s law “bad money drives out good money” at work, by an expanding economy – we were just in the beginnings of the Vietnam War, and by relatively low coin mintages from about 1948 through 1962 – all of these things caused the coin shortages of that time, so the Mint churned out billions and billions of especially dimes and quarters, coins you can still easily find in change today.

    So, a suspension of mintages, as you recommend, would probably have the result of cents and nickels becoming in short supply in commerce, although for the life of me, I don’t know what happens to all the cents that have been minted in the billions during the last 30 or 40 years. At least the ones from 1983 on are worthless on their face, so I guess many people throw them away or they just get lost. I myself stopped using cents many years ago. All the cents I might get in change go into a coffee cup. When the cup is full, I wrap them up and take them to the bank and get $3.00 or $4.00 for my trouble. A lot of people won’t even take the trouble to save and roll them, so they just disappear. Your suggestion would work only if Congress and the Mint overhauled the nation’s coinage program. Stop minting cents, consider eliminating nickels, or make them a little smaller/thinner, and round all transactions to the nearest 5 cents or 10 cents.

    That could be done even if we didn’t consider the other 8,000 pound elephant in the room – the dollar coin vs. the dollar bill, which I won’t elaborate on, as it has already been discussed to death, and the folks in DC are either unwilling or unable to make a decision on what to do. Like we have said, it is just another reflection of the totally dysfunctional Congresses that the American people have been unfortunate to have had for far too long, and I am not being partisan, as there is plenty of blame to go around for both parties. So, until and unless Congress acquires some much needed sense and courage, I think things will just continue as they have – nothing being done, just bickering and blaming and blustering.. For our nation’s coinage, that would mean more worthless cents being minted, costing the U.S. taxpayers unnecessarily, and no action being done to change the alloy composition of the nickel, if it is to remain a viable coin, which also costs the taxpayer unnecessarily. I personally don’t see any problem with using aluminum for a low vlue coin like a nickel – it’s really only worth what a cent was worth a couple of generations ago. anyway.

  26. Rick says

    Eleanor Roosevelt uncirculated gold mintage <1950 sold out imminent!

    New Uncirculated FS Key!!!!!!!!!

    Apmex MS 70 asking for $1680,

    MS 70 sold today at 1455 at bay.

  27. Jerry Diekmann says

    JBK – makes sense, but remember that the price of the silver dollar is lower during its introductory period. That price will be gone when the special set is offered. This might be the way to go for those who might not care for collecting dimes or the MoD set.

  28. Jerry Diekmann says

    Larry & Brad – you are calling it correctly. These coins will be worth more than $5.00 each from the day they are first sold until forever. The 1996W dime which was included in the uncirculated set for that year and which had over 1 million minted, sells in the $15 – $20 range, and has for quite awhile now. I don’t ever see its price dropping either.

  29. cagcrisp says

    @Rick, You’re Pumping hard… IF Someone has to pump that hard, I have to wonder why…

  30. Rick says

    It is very interesting. New Series key emerging, no one cares. when you mention it, it is called pumping. A few weeks later, people pay dealers huge premium . Human nature?

  31. Jerry Diekmann says

    JBK – I remember too those days. We were actually happy to get a 40% silver quarter, half and dollar for the bicentennial. Nowadays, people want .999 silver coins and the .900 coins are practically billon to them. Looking back, I could see the rebirth of .400 silver clad coins if silver increased dramatically in price. The outside layers of the silver clad coins were .800 silver, and hard to tell from.900 silver. If the mint chose to look to having more customers, they could probably mint silver clad dollars and sell them for around $20.00 instead of the $45.00 – $50.00 they are charging now. Or, go back to .900 silver half dollars. Neither probably will ever happen again, though – there hasn’t been a silver clad coin since the bicentennial, almost 40 years ago. OMG – where did the time go???

  32. Dave SW FL says

    Wow! 1483 proof ASEs were returned according to last week’s report.

    Is there a problem with these coins?

  33. Dave SW FL says


    Cool your jets, brother. The Unc FS coins for 2014 will be available for a looooong time. The 2013s haven’t even sold out or been pulled.
    Also, looks like Elenor UNC is not the key so far, anyway.

    Be patient. Lower prices are in our future. We are in a metals bear market. They drag on forever and brutalize participants. Wait for everyone to throw in the towel and then buy em cheap.

  34. Dustyroads says

    Just for comparison sake, the 1996 W Roosevelt dime with a mintage of 1,457,949 sells for:

    raw – $15.00
    MS67 – $25.00
    MS68 – $130.00

    While the recently sold out Great Smoky Mountains “S” quarter, with a mintage of only 1,361,220 has been available from the Mint at a cost of only:

    $0.45 each

    With these quarters produced at these low mintages, I have to assume that there will be appreciation at some point.

  35. jhawk92 says

    Totally off topic, which I am sorry for, but there isn’t much traffic on the World Mint Coin Blog…

    MA-I had seen your CU article on Brittania returning to the 2 pound coin, and, sadly, am behind in reading about the 5th definitive portrait that has now been released. Your articles on the unveiling and the interview with Jody Clark are very well done. We are certainly seeing some numismatic history from across the Pond. I was surfing on the Royal Mint site, and this is a pretty impressive set.


    Granted, it is pretty pricey, and I’m not a Royal Watcher, nor have I collected any British coins. But I’m wondering if this would one of “those sets” that becomes an important part of a collection? Here is the standard proof set, for comparison.


    And back on topic, I will pass on the individual MoD coin. I’m still on the fence for getting the set, er, the two “limited edition” dimes, in May.

  36. rpk says

    It also appears that the Harding proof may be the new low for a proof with only 71 left.

  37. Hidalgo says

    I remember I was caught up in the frenzy of chasing low mintages in the First Spouse series just a few years ago. Back then, in th e2010 – 2012 period, gold prices were considerably higher than they are today. All of my First Spouse gold coins have dropped in value because of the fall in gold price — even those that were “low mintage” at the time.

    Lessons for me: 1) stop chasing low mintages, 2) be wary of buying gold, especially when prices are on a downward trend. and 3) the value of modern gold coins, in the vast majority of cases, corresponds with the bullion value of the precious metal.

    No one knows where prices will stabilize in the future for any U.S. coin. We can only speculate. Sometimes you win, and many times you lose. That’s the chance you have to take. Ask those dealers who bought scores fo the JFK gold coin….!

  38. achmed says

    I have decided not to buy the single march of dimes Dollars because of the poor quality the mint delivered with the marshal dollars I had ordered in January. Of 4 ordered I had 2 with damages. I sent those 2 back to the mint and asked for replacement (made a cross on the paper for the return). They gave me back the price listed for the coins. But not the 2.95 Dollar they charged for each coin extra (I never knew what for they take this 2.95 dollars for each coin for!!! Then I had to pay for the sending back to the usmint (I live in germany). In other words: I paid 20 dollars for nothing!!! Plus the VAT I had to pay for two coins that I had to send back. POOR SERVICE usmint! This way you are going to loose customers. And by the way: coin collecting is a hobby mainly for people older than 30 years. On coin shows you seldom see young people. And with the poor customer service: How will the mint convince young people to collect coins. The mint is going to ruin itself.

  39. TonyW says

    I metal detect as well as collect coins – There are so many comments about the $.01 and the $.05 –

    They really are throw away coins – when I find a newer cent in the ground it is often “eaten” up with oxidation – not rust but literally holes and craters – is useless – cant even roll some of them – they literally disintegrate,

    So…. cost more to make and will not hold up to a paltry 10-15 years of being in the elements…hmmmm

  40. stephen m says

    Tony W, OT How long you been metal detecting and what are a couple of your greatest coin finds?

  41. thePhelps says

    If the mint issues another set of RP coins this year…it kind of diminishes the point of this special coin set for the MOD offering. (IMO)

  42. Brad says


    You beat me to it. I saw the Eleanor Roosevelt unc has 96 left this morning, and was going to spread the news. But, you already did that last night! 🙂

    I wonder if they will all sell today?

  43. Rick says

    Brad, It is unlikely. Over the next few days? Very likely. The sentiment on PM is now very negative. GDX GDXJ AU ABX GG SLW etc… Look at their weekly charts.
    However, I did notice that ER MS 70 is nowhere to find,and one was sold at $1455 on bay yesterday.

  44. whatajoke says

    I love pennies, in fact I have 200k in OGP from the late 70’s and early 80’s. That’s 40-$50 bags that equals around 1300 lbs. of copper. I also have nickels and they will only go up in value if they change or eliminate them.

  45. Brad says


    Yeah, I didn’t know if there would be a repeat of the night of January 2nd when the proof Eleanor flew off the shelves. Even if that doesn’t happen, these should still go pretty fast now that the sub-2,000 production is confirmed. The proof coin has been bringing almost $1,200 raw lately, so this uncirculated coin should do even better than that once it’s gone.

    I saw that another one sold, so now there are 95 left.

  46. Rick says

    Brad: Given that 1804 coins have been sold by last Sunday, my guess is that the final mintage of this one will be around 1940. That’s about 10% below that of the previous uncirculated key (Lucretia Garfield Uncirculated). But ER is way more popular than Lucretia. Gonna be very interesting over the next couple of day.

  47. Brad says

    Yeah. I had gambled on five more Eleanor uncirculateds back before the first of two price increases that have since come full circle. Now, the coins are priced at the same level as when I bought the first five extras in mid-January.

    Now I’m wondering, should I gamble on five more? It’s a pretty low-risk investment it would seem, at only $770 per coin. Raw ones should do at least as well as raw proofs, and probably even better. The psychological draw of a gold coin with under 2,000 minted should be great, for a while anyway.

  48. Rick says

    Yes, same for me. Thinking about buying 2 more. Once the number is below 50, it will be gone pretty quickly.

  49. Ralph says

    Speaking of First Spouse: I ordered a few of the 2014 Medal Set’s on 2/10 when they went back on sale. Still listed as “back-ordered”. I wonder what can be holding up the shipping of them. I am guessing there were less than 1000 more sold. Shouldn’t take this long to both produce the medals and all the packaging.
    And speaking of the packaging, can’t they come up with a little better way to package the 4 medals? If anyone has ever received some, they arrive in a mess. Four heavy medals loose inside a cheap envelope just doesn’t cut it.

  50. Ralph says

    Brad: If you’re going for another 5, I’d say go now. I’m getting the same feeling I had the night the ER Proof sold out.
    This is going today!!

  51. Billy the Kid says

    I just purchased one Eleanor Roosevelt gold coin this morning…

    Circle the wagons boys.

    Billy the Kid

  52. Dave SW FL says

    Yet another great disappointment from the mint….got my Marshal Set today and the half dollar coin is scratched and smudged from the top of ERTY all the way down to the female marshal’s head. Just inexcusable! Looks like someone pulled a sticker off of the metal. There is no way this coin should have ever gotten out the door. QC at the mint is just awful!

    Guess I’ll have to order more proof halves as I don’t want to miss out on this set.

  53. Dave SW FL says

    Guys – does Lou Hoover get no respect here? She’s at 1452 in Unc from the latest report and she or Grace Coolidge (1463) could end up being the new key.

  54. Brad (The Original) says


    Yeah, I’m seriously considering it. Once this one is gone from the Mint with a final sales number likely below 1,950, it should be a pretty easy sell for a decent mark-up. The proofs are going for a high enough price that it still allows for a nice profit per coin, despite selling fees and shipping. These seem to be a good way to finance future FS purchases.

    While the rest of the 2014’s will likely have similar mintages, Eleanor will be the most popular by far. And, there’s no guarantee that the Mint won’t produce a higher number of the 2015 and 2016 coins, especially for Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. The 2014’s could end up being the bottlenecks when it comes to set building.

  55. Rick says

    Too bad my tax refund check hasn’t arrived yet. Otherwise, I will pull the trigger now to buy 10 more ER.

  56. Brad (The Original) says

    Dave SW FL,

    My guess is that all four of the 2014 designs had the same number of coins produced for their respective proof and uncirculated finishes. From what we’ve observed so far, it seems those numbers could be 2,400 and 1,950. I figure the sales numbers are below that due to returns deemed unsellable by the Mint. It’s always possible that there were 2,000 uncirculated coins struck, but that seems like a lot of Eleanor returns.

    Of course, it’s all still guesswork right now. Those of us who are interested will be keeping an eye on things, and if Grace or Lou show signs of beating Eleanor’s mintage by a large margin, we’ll be sure to address that before it’s too late.

  57. Ralph says

    Rick: That is one heck of a refund!

    Brad: I see a seller has sold several ER Proof’s in sealed Mint shipping boxes. He must have ordered them one at a time. I no longer will sell anything in a sealed box after all the comments that were posted on here a while back. But, they are selling. Buyers do seem to like the sealed box. And they are right under $1200. Not a bad mark up.

  58. Brad says


    I’ve sold some coins in sealed boxes in the past, but don’t plan to do that anymore either. It’s too dangerous, with all of the packing mistakes the new fulfillment center seems to be making lately. At this point, I’d rather just verify the contents and make sure the coins are of high quality before selling them to anyone. I’ve never had any complaints so far, from either sealed boxes or open coins.

    We seem to be stuck on 91 coins remaining.

  59. says

    I’m getting a kick out of the several commenters cheering each other on in regard to their First Spouse purchases. I think we have a team effort type thing going on here.
    I’m happily observing from the sidelines.

    @Ends in Error,
    I agree. It would be nice, in addition to the classic gold coins planned for 2016, if the Mint also made “poor man’s” versions in silver.

  60. Ralph says


    Some watch from the sidelines.
    Some participate.
    Some even initiate.
    So goes life!


  61. Dave SW FL says

    Hawks tear
    Poor mans version, maybe, but I would like to see them on their original sized coins. Won’t the golds be smaller?

  62. says

    Yeah, Ralph. My wallet is also on the sidelines and poised for 2016. I did, however, visit Eleanor’s residence (Val Kill) in Hyde Park, NY in September. But, even that visit hasn’t motivated me to “invest” in her FS coin.

  63. says

    Hawks tear? Hey, I haven’t shed any tears–especially over not being involved in the FS program.
    But yeah, if the Mint plans to make the ’16 gold coins the same weight as the original 1916 silver coins, they would be a smaller size.

  64. gary says

    @TonyW… Have seen many cents like those you found with a metal detector. Yes, the zinc cents are highly reactive in damp acidic soil and poison the earth within the orbit of their decay.

  65. Brad says

    Holy @#$%! I’m glad I didn’t wait until I got home to order more. I ordered from a friend’s house!

  66. John c says

    I purchased 7 today. I sold my 3 proofs for a decent profit on the bay so I’ll roll the dice on this one. Brad, I would not assume that these will have a larger return than the proof’s just because of the lower mintage. As we all know unc’s always have lower mintages due to lower demand.

  67. Brad says

    True, but often times they end up being worth MORE than the proofs because of the lower mintage.

  68. says

    John c,
    ONLY, three more? John, this is not the time to rest on your laurels.
    I can’t help but wonder if the TV coin guys are starting to take notice. Guys, what exactly are we counting down anyway? Just kidding, I know.

  69. Ends in Error says

    Number 9.

    Number 9

    Number 9

    What can I say, I got a little obsessed.

    Last I checked it was down to 10 left.

    I think 9 is enough. Ordered one at a time.

  70. Ends in Error says

    Wow 9 left.

    I got enough.

    9 is such a cool number.

    I remember Delaware Tag #9 sold for something like $600,000 a few years ago , maybe 2006 ?

  71. Ends in Error says

    Hawkster , maybe so but I got em all sealed in separate boxes.

    I just love sealed boxes.

  72. Rick says

    Folks, well done. Just one caveat, because we bought the last batch. Many of them may be defect returns. In case that you want to return those defected ones to the mint, make sure let them know that they are defects. So the mint won’t resell them. Otherwise, it will take the Mint forever to annnouce the official sold out.

  73. says

    Ends in Error,
    After reading Rick’s caveat, maybe you’ll want to open those sealed boxes

    Folks, it’s been fun watching and commenting on this successfully concluded countdown.

  74. Ends in Error says

    I got one of the Proof Eleanor Roosevelt’s in the last countdown – it seemed to be A – OK .

    No worries about the Uncs x 9.

  75. Hidalgo says

    The First Spouse Eleanor Roosevelt uncirculated gold coins are no longer available, as of this writing, on USMint.gov. However, as I found with the proof version, they can still be purchased at other government-run locations.

  76. Brad says

    They may re-appear on the website briefly a few times as well in the next few days, due to possible cancellations. That happened with the proof coin as I recall.

  77. Hidalgo says

    Edit: I should have said that they may still be purchased at other government-run locations. I found that the proof version of the First Spouse gold coin was available for several days (after the coin was no longer available online) at the US Mint’s shop in Washington, DC.

    I did not buy the proof gold coin in Washington, DC. I buy coins for the long term. After seeing how the First Spouse gold coins I bought during 2010 – 2012 dropped in value with the fall in gold bullion prices, I decided that I would no longer play the speculation game. I will buy what I will enjoy.

  78. Ends in Error says


    Yeah I used to live in Delaware. I remember when those tags ( #6 followed by #9 a few years later) sold for the big bucks, it made some headlines. Crazy stuff , paying the big bucks for single digit tags.

    Best I ever had was a 5 digit tag. I think those could sell for a couple hundred. If you asked the right person at the DMV, you could get hooked up for free.

  79. says

    I think you have unwittingly set up the potential for Monday morning stampedes in Washington, Philly, and Denver, with coin nuts attempting to get the last quantities of theses now coveted Eleanor FS products. Extra security personnel are standing by.

  80. Mark says

    Everyone must be taking a nap now…I did buy one. Dont know why…Hate selling big dollar items on feebay.

  81. says

    Do you think that some of those possible cancellations might come from MNB participants who just wanted to speed up the final couple hours of the countdown?

  82. TheCoinKeeper says

    I see the opposite for the metals and miners. Gold and silver should have a third leg down in this cyclical bear market to $900 and $12, respectively–possibly lower. Any bounces now will likely not last. A deflationary bust is already emerging in oil and will soon spread to other commodities. Economic conditions for the globe are rolling over, the dollar continues to surge and could move another 25% before it stops. That’s bearish for metals. A cyclical bear market may see the bottom later this year, but for now, gold has more downside.

  83. Rick says


    Generally equity price leads fundamental roughly by 6 months. I expect PM to bootom out later this year. That’s why I expect big V reversal in Gold equity very soon. If you are risk averse, buy SLW or Royal Gold now.

  84. GoldFishin says

    @cagcrisp, et al- just got my call back from a CSR supervisor from the US Mint….couple days later but she was super nice and understood my problem. She said they were working on trying to clear up the return/exchange problems and was aware that customers did not like having to reorder items that they only wanted to exchange. Long story short….she gave me the introductory pricing I had when I placed the order and credited me for my shipping, so net net it didn’t cost me anything extra to reorder my USM clad proof coins. Just thought it was worth reporting something good from the Mint. This supervisor was well aware of the issues we are complaining about, said they were trying to clarify and fix things, and was VERY nice and professional!! I vote we put her in charge. 😉

  85. jeff says

    I think you need to wait before you call a sellout. We know the mint can and has minted more even though the sold out status . Anyways you must wait because it’s not a sellout until Dusty says so. I concur gold, silver heading south who’s the DA making an uneducated guess it’s going higher gave no insite comment voided.

  86. Dave SW FL says

    Rick, Ralph, Brad
    I must admit I completely misread demand for ER FS Unc. Hope anybody wanting that one didn’t pay attention to my post.
    I am a believer that the mint has abandoned the policy of announcing sell out status and removing sold out product from the ordering catalog. This is quite unfortunate as it gives false hope to their customers who might otherwise use the funds they are saving for a product that will NEVER be available to buy something else from them. Then at some point, the customer just loses interest and goes out and buys a big screen TV or something else that tickles their fancy.
    Too bad. Bad business decision. Who could possibly benefit from this crazy policy?

  87. Dustyroads says

    GoldFishin~ I like it when I get some genuine help, nothing makes me more happy. Those are the people I want to give gift certificates to when I’m able.

  88. Hidalgo says

    In general, there is an inverse relationship between the strength of the US economy and the value of gold. I have been saying this for years. When the US economy is strong, the dollar tends to strengthen (as we are seeing now) and gold prices fall.

    However, I am uncertain how much longer the US economy will continue to grow. The economy has been strengthening since June 2009 — or for nearly 5.5 years. During that time, my stock portfolio has done exceedingly well (much, much better than my portfolio in precious metals). I won’t speculate as to a timeframe, but will say that all good things do come to an end — at least temporarily.

    When the next recession hits, expect the prices of precious metals to rise again. That will be the best time to sell your coins (as we saw during the 2011 timeframe when gold was around $1,800 per ounce, and silver was around $44 per ounce).

  89. stephen m says

    Hidalgo, interesting and agreeable comments on the economy and the value of gold. I’m not looking for a recession any time soon as the economy is in early growing stages and it may be many years before that recession hits. If we only knew when, meanwhile the gains in our stock portfolio will continue to do well for the remainder of this year.

  90. cagcrisp says

    @GoldFishin, Good to see that you got a Favorable outcome from the Mint. IF you buy a product at Said price and have to return it, it is only fair to give you a replacement at Said price…

    OFF TOPIC….I was out all day yesterday as I went to Oaklawn Park to see American Pharoah run in the Rebel Stakes. American Pharaoh is the Current favorite for the Kentucky Derby and was making his first start as a 3 year old and first race since September 27, 2014. Very Very Impressive….

    Gold coins, Silver coins and Circus coins…

  91. Louis says

    Hidalgo- As a general principle I agree with your comments on metals and the economy, but remember that at the height of the latest recession in late 2008 precious metals were down sharply – gold and platinum were $800 an ounce and silver was about $10, and in the summer of 2011 when metals peaked the economy was doing quite well and as you noted the recession was over by then.

  92. D Rittenhouse says

    The National Bureau of Economic Research assigns the “official” begin and end dates for US economic contractions/recessions and, according to the NBER, the “Great Recession” began in December, 2007 and ended in June, 2009. See:

    The London AM gold fixing on Dec 31, 2007 was $836.50. On Oct 24, 2008, during the depths of the last US recession, the London PM gold fixing had fallen to $692.50. Be careful.

  93. D Rittenhouse says

    Correction to my previous comment.

    The Oct 24, 2008 London AM (not the PM) gold fixing was set at $692.50.

  94. Billy the Kid says

    There is a major glut in the oil patch…and in currencies.

    Many countries that have been major sellers of oil now need to sell their gold reserves to keep from going bankrupt. Expect more revolutions. Russia and South American countries will opt for new leaders. The old guard will fight to stay in power.

    Expect gold to shine bright.
    Dump inflated currencies and stocks now.
    Be long Gold and Silver coins. Hold for the long haul.

    Billy the Kid

  95. fmtransmitter says

    Billy the Kid says
    MARCH 15, 2015 AT 12:44 PM

    There is a major glut in the oil patch…and in currencies.

    Many countries that have been major sellers of oil now need to sell their gold reserves to keep from going bankrupt. Expect more revolutions. Russia and South American countries will opt for new leaders. The old guard will fight to stay in power.

    Expect gold to shine bright.
    Dump inflated currencies and stocks now.
    Be long Gold and Silver coins. Hold for the long haul.

    Billy the Kid
    Thanks for your HUMBLE OPINION

  96. Brad says

    Yeah, and they weren’t even careful enough to be certain their description is for the correct coin. Read it and you’ll be reading about Ellen Wilson!

    I wonder if APMEX was the one that took the number remaining from 50+ to 25 in one drop? I figured it was someone with deep pockets who bought that batch!

  97. Ends in Error says

    There are 68 2014 Florence Harding Proof First Spouse Coins left on the Mint website. Is anyone interested in those? It’s looking like those might come in a little under the Eleanor Roosevelt Proof as the new low mintage proof FS. Of course Eleanor wins in the popularity contest so 10 or 20 less mintage might not be a factor.

    I got 1 Florence proof, no more for me.

  98. says

    Called the Philly & Denver gift shops this morning…neither sells ANY First Spouse Gold coins…only gold they sell are Buffalo’s and Eagles

  99. says

    I called the 202-354-6800 number at 10am and was told they do not take phone orders….only over the counter sells. He told me to call 1-800-USA-Mint.
    Does anyone know if the guy I talked to was misinformed?…he seemed like a jerk to me.

  100. Louis says

    The DC sales counter only does in person sales. It is different from Philly and Denver, which are privately run. In DC it is mint employees who work there, and it is just a couple glass cases and 1-2 clerks in the lobby of the Mint’s HQ.

  101. Sith says

    I never called the DC gift shop I did call the Philadelphia mint’s gift shop (215-408-0230) and had them ship me a couple of coins.

  102. cagcrisp says

    Excel spreadsheet is Out. For Most Non Gold/Silver items the spreadsheet is accurate…

  103. Rick says

    ER uncirculated gold sale number by Sunday –1924! New Key by a significant margin!! Lowest mintage for any US Mint gold coin for over 100 years!!!

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