According to the US Mint’s website, the proof version of the 2011-W Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin has now sold out. The final coins may have been scooped up by buyers ahead of today’s price increase for numismatic gold products.
The Eliza Johnson coins originally went on sale more than a year ago on May 5, 2012. It is the US Mint’s policy to allow the coins to remain available for sale until the maximum mintage has been sold or for approximately one year, which is determined not by actual days but when the issue one year ahead in the schedule goes on sale. The exception to this criteria is if the entire available inventory is sold before either situation occurs. Recently, this has been the most common scenario.
This represents the third of the 2011-dated First Spouse coins to have sold out, following the proof Julia Gran coin in March and the uncirculated Eliza Johnson coin earlier this month.
According to the most recent sales report, the Eliza Johnson Proof Coin had sold 3,906 units, which is slightly lower than the sold out Julia Grant Proof.
Across the proof and uncirculated versions, the Eliza Johnson coins show total sales of 6,811 out of the 15,000 maximum mintage.
The US Mint is still yet to provide release dates for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins featuring Alice Paul, Frances Cleveland (twice), and Caroline Harrison. Entries for each coin in proof and uncirculated versions have been added to the product schedule, but dates are shown as “TBD”. Given the low sales of the 2011 issues and the fact that the US Mint produced well below the maximum, it seems possible that maximum mintage levels may be reduced for this year’s releases.