There are two US Mint products that recently became no longer available for sale. These are the 2008 Martin Van Buren Dollar Philadelphia Roll and 2009 American Samoa Quarter 1000-coin Philadelphia Bag.
Although sales levels were higher for Presidential Dollar Rolls issued during 2007 and 2008, they didn’t generate the amount of collector focus and speculation that this year’s rolls have generated.
Bags and rolls for the earlier Presidents were offered in seemingly limitless quantities with sales periods that have now extended to years for some issues. A full line of bags and rolls still available for sale at the US Mint from Thomas Jefferson to Martin Van Buren (less the one sold out Van Buren roll). The situation changed in 2009 when the US Mint cut off sales of the William Henry Harrison rolls at 30,000. The following John Tyler rolls were also cut off at the same number.
On a related note, the US Mint has now sold above 30,000 rolls for each of the 2009 James K. Polk Presidential Dollar rolls. So it might be the case that the US Mint has once again bumped up their production following the quick sell outs of this year’s first two issues.
The American Samoa Quarter 1000-Coin Philadelphia Bags originally went on sale July 27, 2009. The last reported sales figure for the bags was 1,481. The Denver 1000-coin bags, 100-coin bags from either Mint, and the two roll sets still remain available for sale.
The American Samoa Quarter might be the lowest quarter mintage in decades if coin production figures continue to rebound. In my post covering the August 2009 Coin Production, I mentioned that quarter production seemed to be on the rise and the mintage for the latest Presidential Dollar exceeded the level of the previous release.
The 2009-D American Samoa Quarter with 39,600,000 coins produced actually has a lower mintage than the Philadelphia issue which came in at 42,600,000. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Denver 1000-coin bags sold out soon, since they were only slightly trailing the Philadelphia bags in Mint sales.