Two of more of the 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins are now listed as sold out on the US Mint’s website. The latest coins to sell out are the uncirculated versions of the Abigail Fillmore and Jane Pierce coins. Earlier sell outs included the proof versions of the Buchanan’s Liberty and Jane Pierce coins.
The Abigail Fillmore coins originally went on sale March 18, 2010, resulting in just over a year of availability. The Jane Piece coins went on sale June 3, 2010, resulting in about nine and a half months of availability.
When the first of the 2010 issues started to sell out, it came as somewhat of a surprise. After the first year of the series, most issues followed a typical pattern of availability. Since none of the coins ever reached the maximum established mintage of 40,000 coins, they remained available “for approximately one year.” In practice, the US Mint would end sales to coincide with the release of the issue one year ahead in the schedule.
For the 2010 releases, the US Mint reduced the maximum mintages to 15,000 per issue across proof and uncirculated versions, with the exception of the Mary Todd Lincoln coins which were set higher at 20,000.
The Mint apparently did not strike the coins to the full maximum mintage, but rather based on demand forecasts. It’s becoming obvious that these forecasts have fallen very short of the mark. Currently, only four out of the eight coins issued for 2010 remain available: Proof Abigail Fillmore, Uncirculated Buchanan’s Liberty, and the Proof and Uncirculated Mary Todd Lincoln coins.
Despite the early sell outs, none of the 2010 issues will establish a new mintage low for the First Spouse Gold Coin series. The last reported sales figures for each coin are shown below.
|2007 Martha Washington||20,000||20,000||40,000|
|2007 Abigail Adams||20,000||20,000||40,000|
|2007 Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty||20,000||20,000||40,000|
|2007 Dolley Madison||12,541||18,355||30,896|
|2008 Elizabeth Monroe||4,519||7,933||12,452|
|2008 Louisa Adams||4,223||7,454||11,677|
|2008 Andrew Jackson’s Liberty||4,754||7,806||12,560|
|2008 Martin Van Buren’s Liberty||4,334||7,515||11,849|
|2009 Anna Harrison||3,537||6,250||9,787|
|2009 Letitia Tyler||3,152||5,163||8,315|
|2009 Julia Tyler||2,861||4,830||7,691|
|2009 Sarah Polk||3,501||5,157||8,658|
|2009 Margaret Taylor||3,430||4,787||8,024|
|2010 Abigail Fillmore||3,663||5,874||9,537|
|2010 Jane Pierce||3,491||4,843||8,334|
|2010 James Buchanan’s Liberty||5,579||7,304||12,883|
|2010 Mary Todd Lincoln||2,709||5,639||8,348|