The US Mint’s website is showing the proof version of the 2011-W Julia Grant First Spouse Gold Coin as sold out. This represents the first of the 2011-dated issues that is no longer available for sale from the US Mint.
The coins originally went on sale June 23, 2011. The stated maximum mintage was set at 15,000 across proof and uncirculated versions, but it appears that the US Mint had produced far fewer than this amount.
As of the most recent sales report, the Proof Julia Grant coins had sold 3,968. The uncirculated version, which still remains available for sale, had sold 2,580. This makes for combined sales to date of 6,548 coins.
The US Mint has an indicated policy of leaving each release of the First Spouse Gold Coins series available for sale for approximately one year or until the entire maximum mintage has been sold, which ever occurs first. In practice, sales for a particular issue would typically conclude to coincide with the start of sales for the issue one year ahead in the schedule. The exception to this general pattern occurs when the US Mint produces fewer than the maximum authorized mintage and all coins produced are sold prior to the end of the one year period.
The exceptions became more frequent than the standard practice starting last year, when six out of eight versions of the 2010-dated coins sold out early. The same thing might be happening this year.
Somewhat significantly, the Proof Julia Grant First Spouse Gold Coin will have the lowest last reported sales for a sold out proof issue of the series at 3,968, which might change slightly in the next sales report. The previous low was held by the proof Margaret Taylor coin at 4,787. Ultimately, we may see the other 2011-dated issues also come in with low numbers.