Sales Figures for 2011 Commems

The United States Mint concluded sales of the 2011 commemorative coins last week on December 16, 2011. The two programs which feature the U.S. Army and the Medal of Honor have been somewhat overlooked this year due to the many other numismatic products competing for attention.

The latest sales report posted today on Coin Update provides updated sales figures for the commemorative coins through December 19, 2011.

These numbers should reflect all final orders placed through the scheduled conclusion of sales. It is possible that the US Mint may continue to update the figures slightly in the coming weeks to account for order cancellations and returns, but most likely there will not be any significant changes.

U.S. Army Commemorative Coins
Proof Uncirculated Total
$5 Gold Coin 17,173 8,062 25,235
Silver Dollar 119,829 43,517 163,346
Half Dollar 68,349 39,461 107,810
Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins
Proof Uncirculated Total
$5 Gold Coin 18,012 8,251 26,263
Silver Dollar 112,850 44,769 157,619

The numbers do not result in any changes to the mintage rankings of the coins compared to other modern commemorative issues that were presented in this previous post. The uncirculated $5 gold coins are the third and fourth lowest mintage amongst modern commemoratives with the same finish and denomination. The proof $5 gold coins are the first and second lowest mintages for the same finish and denomination. Both the proof and uncirculated versions of the Army Half Dollars are the lowest mintage for their respective finishes and denomination.

The sales from commemorative coin programs are also often looked at in comparison to the maximum authorized mintages. For the U.S. Army commemorative coins, the $5 gold coins sold 25,235 of the 100,000 maximum (25.24%), the silver dollars sold 163,346 of the 500,000 maximum (32.67%), and the half dollars sold 107,810 of the 750,000 maximum (14.37%).

For the Medal of Honor commemorative coins, the $5 gold coins sold 26,263 of the 100,000 maximum (26.26%), and the silver dollars sold 157,619 of the 500,000 maximum (31.52%).

Looking ahead

For the 2012 commemorative coins, there will once again be two programs featured, but with a smaller number of coins. The program commemorating the legacy of the United States Army Infantry and the establishment of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will include only a silver dollar. The program commemorating the writing the of Star Spangled Banner will feature $5 gold coins and silver dollars.

For 2013, two programs have already been authorized by Congress. The first will mark the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America and include silver dollars. The second will recognize and celebrate the 5-Star Generals and include $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and half dollars.

So far one program has been authorized for 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This program will include silver dollars.

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  1. vaughnster says

    Sorry but I have to say it: I hope the Girl Scout coin incorporates a Boy Scout in the design. I’m still smarting from the Girl Scout on the Boy Scout coin design….

  2. ByeByeDollars says

    All of the $5 seem to have gone in stock and reserved, they may be shipping out orders tomorrow.

  3. Tom says

    Significant jump in numbers for the ms gold at the end, still a low mintage, well below the Civil War coin that I always used to see as pretty scarce.
    It is amazing to see the Army half dollar coming in below the 40,000 mark.
    Its a lower number that the silver dollar which is unusual and considerably lower that the previous key; the swimming half. The Army coin should have much broader appeal considering the cool depiction of a continetal soldier on the front and the fact that alot more people served in the army than swam in atlanta in ’96. I think most don’t know these coins even exist.
    The value of the ms half will be interesting to watch in the coming years.

  4. Shutter says

    Americans don’t care much for commemoratives. Consider this. More than $30,000,000 was spent on the 2011 Proof set. Nearly $40,000,000 on the Silver Proof set. That means that each of those outsold either silver commemorative by about 4 to 1. That’s not even counting the annual dollar and quarter sets, rolls, bags, etc. That’s for coins whose design hasn’t changed in decades. Part of this because the mint hasn’t been issuing all that many commemorative for circulation. We went about 23 years from the Bicentennial quarters to statehood quarters. The statehood quarters were fairly successful, but then our leaders decided to muck it up and make it into a regular thing. After Statehood, we have ATB, then we’ll get 50 state birds, 50 state trees, until we’re finally reduced to commemorating 50 state soil samples.

  5. MarkInFla says

    The planned girl scout stamps looks female while the boy scout stamp looked androgynous. So don’t count on anything but females on the girl scout coin.

  6. GatorTrekE says

    Can’t believe there hasn’t been a movement to commemorate the Federal Reserve System with a special coin since 2013 will be its’ centennial. :^)

    What’s up with all these military themes every year? I respect and honor our military and veterans and love the MOH design on the $5 gold coin this year but do we need to do something every year? Since we did the Army this year, do we really need to honor the infantry specifically in 2012 and 5-star generals in 2013?

  7. MarkInFlorida says

    This is off-topic, but I just noticed that 90% silver proof (yes proof) statehood quarters are now considered “junk silver.” $1000 face bag costs less than a $1000 face bag of circulated Roosevelt dimes or circulated Washington quarters! Someone must have cracked open a lot of sets.

  8. Shutter says

    Can’t believe there hasn’t been a movement to commemorate the Federal Reserve System with a special coin since 2013 will be its’ centennial.
    That’d be ok if we could use the same coin to commemorate the dollar bill as the thing of the past.

  9. Zaz says

    My pair of uncs got shipped out on Wednesday, should be receiving them today. As for the mintages, 8K-10K might be the new standard low for the $5.00 gold uncirculated commemoratives. With gold trending well over $1,500 an oz. this past year, $500 per coin is not chump change for a small 21mm coin. Most collectors opt for the much less expensive silver dollar if they collect the modern US commemoratives at all. To get more affordable gold coins in the hands of collectors, the Mint ought to really look at the classic gold $1 commemoratives or even the quarter eagle size, but probably the downside would be the $35 ‘gift’ to the memorial association linked with the coin on a much smaller coin. Kind of a no-win situation with these $5.00 gold commemoratives.

  10. Rich V says

    Being an old infantry soldier.I believe that the Combat Infantry Badge should be first pick.Only a soldier with an MOS of Infantry can recieve the badge.

  11. Hidalgo says

    When you think about it, why should someone pay $500 for a gold commemorative gold coin with possibly (repeat possibly) an increase in value? It’s a safer bet to buy one quarter ounce gold bullion at a 20% lower price of $400 (assuming gold is valued at $1600 per ounce).

  12. Zaz says

    Picked up my pair of gold uncs. today. I would be tempted to agree with you, Hildalgo, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the $5.00 gold uncs since the Statue of Liberty release way, way back in ’86. And lest no one forget, they were a whole hecka lot cheaper than $500.00! Now that I have the coins in hand, I have to say the Medal of Honor gold is nice, the subject fits the size of coin, although the 19th Century reverse emblem is a little out of place. The US Army $5.00 coin is the best pairing of the commemorative designs of 2011. Too bad it will be little seen and appreciated, the continuity theme is nicely done & would have been even better on the silver dollar instead of the two conjoined heads, which would have been good on the smaller coin. Sometimes the better designs are on the gold coins.

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