The US Mint has scheduled to conclude sales for various 2010 annual sets on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM ET. Although the sets have been available for more than a year, some are poised to have historically low mintages.
The products scheduled to conclude sales are shown below with current pricing:
|2010 Proof Set||31.95|
|2010 Silver Proof Set||64.95|
|2010 Uncirculated Mint Set||31.95|
|2010 Presidential Dollar Proof Set||15.95|
|2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set||14.95|
|2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set||39.95|
It is interesting to note that the US Mint has not scheduled to conclude sales for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set and the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set.
The 2010 Presidential Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set previously sold out.
Of greatest interest among the sets scheduled to conclude sales are the 2010 Proof Set and 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set. These are core product offerings of the United States Mint that have been offered for more than five decades (with just a few years of interruption). Sales figures for the products grew at a rapid rate during the 1950’s and 1960’s, eventually stretching far into the millions.
In more recent years, sales figures for these traditional sets have fallen, as the US Mint has offered a much broader array of other numismatic products, offered various component versions of the annual sets, and the Mint’s overall customer base has experienced a decline.
As of the most recent sales report, the 2010 Proof Set has sold 1,102,698 units. This may become the lowest mintage proof set since 1958 when 875,652 sets were sold. The 2010-dated set will also be significantly below recently issued sets. The mintage for the 2007 Proof Set was 1,702,116; the mintage for the 2008 Proof Set was 1,405,674; and the mintage for the 2009 Proof Set was 1,477,967.
The 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set has sold 582,539 units. This may become the lowest mintage mint set since 1962 when 385,285 sets were sold. Once again, the 2010-dated set will be significantly below recently issued sets. The mintage for the 2007 Mint Set was 895,628; the mintage for the 2008 Mint Set was 745,464; and the mintage for the 2009 Mint Set was 774,844.
Adding some additional intrigue to the 2010 Mint Set, it is the last to feature satin finish coins. This special finish was utilized by the US Mint for these annual sets and certain other numismatic products from 2005 to 2010. From 2011 onwards, the US Mint is using a brilliant finish, which is generally not differentiated from the finish used for circulating coins.
As always, it is possible that in future years sales of proof sets and mint sets will continue to dwindle lower, making this year’s sets less impressive.