The proof version of the 2010 Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin has sold out at the US Mint. This joins the uncirculated version of the coin, which had sold out more than four months earlier on June 1.
The proof Mary Todd Lincoln coin had been included in the Mint’s Last Opportunity section, with sales scheduled to end on December 1, 2011. Apparently customer orders exhausted the entire remaining inventory of coins before this deadline. This situation is something that the US Mint’s specifically mentions as a possibility for the Last Opportunity products.
With the latest sell out, there are no longer any 2010-dated First Spouse Gold Coins available from the US Mint. The majority of these coins had sold out before the anticipated end of sales. In previous years, coins of the series had generally remained available for approximately one year, with the sales ending date selected to match the release date for the coin one year ahead in the schedule. For reasons unknown, the US Mint did not produce enough of the 2010 issues to last for the expected duration of the offerings.
The last reported sales figures for the 2010 First Spouse coins are shown below:
|Mary Todd Lincoln||6,903||3,760||10,663|
The maximum mintage assigned to the Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan’s Liberty coins was 15,000 across both proof and uncirculated options. Expecting a higher level of interest for the Lincoln coin, the US Mint set the maximum for the issue at 20,000. Ultimately, the Buchanan’s Liberty coin, which featured the classic design from the Liberty $10 Gold Coin, proved to be more popular.
Looking ahead, the US Mint will release the next issue of the series featuring Lucretia Garfield on December 1, 2011. The proof and uncirculated version of the other 2011-dated issues featuring Eliza Johnson, Julia Grant, and Lucy Hayes remain available for sale.