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|
|$5 Gold Coin||17,173||8,062||25,235|
|Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins|
|$5 Gold Coin||18,012||8,251||26,263|
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%).
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.