According to the US Mint’s website, the uncirculated version of the 2011-W Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin has sold out. This is the second of the 2011-dated First Spouse Coins to have sold out, following the proof Julia Grant coin in March.
The Eliza Johnson Coins originally went on sale more than a year ago on May 5, 2012. The US Mint’s policy has been to allow sales of First Spouse Gold Coins to continue until the maximum mintage has been sold or for approximately one year, which ever comes first. In applying the “approximately one year” criteria, the Mint has concluded sales to coincide with the start of sales for the coin one year ahead in the schedule. The exception to this situation comes when all available coins within inventory have been sold, in which case the sell out occurs earlier.
The maximum mintage for the issue was 15,000 coins. As of the most recent sales report published today, sales of the Eliza Johnson uncirculated coin have reached 2,914. The proof version, which still remains available, has sold 3,876.
The last reported sales number for uncirculated version is somewhat significant since it falls below the 3,000 level. Compared to other modern gold coins series of the United States Mint, this amount is exceptionally low. However, within the First Spouse series, it might turn out to be low but not exceptional. It seems possible the the remaining 2011 issues may see final sales around the same level.
There is still no indication of when the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins will be released.