On Thursday, December 1, 2011, the United States Mint placed the Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coins and bronze medal on sale. The proof version started at $1,029.00 and the uncirculated opened at $1,016.00, but the coins’ prices may fluctuate weekly depending on the prevailing cost of gold. Their denomination is $10.
2011 Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coins (Proof and Uncirculated)
A maximum mintage of 15,000 has been set by the US Mint for the Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coins, although it seems unlikely that orders will reach that limit. Last year’s offerings saw demand diminish to a range falling between 8,000 and 13,000. Great for potential values of the coins down the road, but not for the series in terms of its popularity with collectors. [click to continue…]
Proof Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin
The United States Mint sold out of the Proof Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin last week, but not because it reached the maximum mintage or was on sale for a year.
The Mary Todd Lincoln coins launched on December 2, 2010 with a mintage limit of 20,000 across all product options. According to the latest sales figures, however, the proof coin was removed from the US Mint’s line up when the combined total of both the proof and uncirculated reached 53.3% of their maximum, or 10,669. Broken out, collectors purchased 6,909 proof and 3,760 uncirculated, which sold out in June.
Reaching the order limit in this series has been rare. Only the first six strikes maxed out. Those coins honored Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson (Liberty). [click to continue…]
Prices keep changing for First Spouse Gold Coins. They went down on Wednesday, September 14 by $25, which means the proofs are $1,079.00 and the uncirculated are $1,066.00.
Before the price drop, however, 681 of the 24-karat one half ounce gold coins sold between Wednesday, September 7 and Monday, September 12, while the prices were at their all-time high. (Suspensions prevented sales earlier in the week.)
As usual the newest release led sales. The Lucy Hayes proof and uncirculated climbed by 424 and 212, respectively. The performance of the Julia Grant coins, on the other hand, was mixed. The Grant proof went up by 27 to take the third top spot for the week, but the uncirculated fell by -8 and came in last place. [click to continue…]
Two newly released First Spouse Gold Coins, honoring Lucy Hayes, debuted on the market on Thursday, September 1, 2011. Unfortunately they were immediately suspended the following day due to skyrocketing gold prices.
The inaugural sales showed collectors picked up 1,265 proof and 857 uncirculated Hayes coins within the first 24 hours, according to the US Mint sales data. As a comparison, when the Julia Grant coins first appeared in June, the Mint sold 1,581 proofs and 1,017 uncirculated after four days of sales. The contrast, however, hardly seems fair given the different lengths of time. [click to continue…]
On Thursday, September 1, 2011, the United States Mint released the Lucy Hayes First Spouse Gold Coins and bronze medal. The face value of the two gold coins are the standard $10, but their price is beyond any debuting coins in the series.
2011 Lucy Hayes First Spouse Gold Coins (Proof and Uncirculated)
When the coins launched, they were listed $1,054.00 for the proof strikes and $1,041.00 for the uncirculated strikes, which was the highest starting point since the program began in 2007. In fact when the first coins, celebrating Martha Washington, appeared on June 19, 2007, the proofs cost $429.95 and the uncirculated were $410.95. Of course back then, the price of gold on the London Fix that afternoon was only $656.30. [click to continue…]
As gold trended up in the precious metals market, First Spouse Gold Coin prices had to rise on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. The $25 jump moved the prices to the highest seen in the series. The 24-karat gold one-half ounce coins are now $954 for each proof and $941 for each uncirculated.
Many collectors timed their purchases before the price increase, and sales ending on July 18 outperformed the prior week 923 to 376. Leading the pack was the Julia Grant proof coins with 388 compared to 213 in the previous round and her uncirculated version at 271 versus 132. [click to continue…]
Lower prices were short lived. Gold trended back up, so the United States Mint increased prices for First Spouse Gold Coins on Wednesday, May 25, back to the highest level seen in the series. The one-half ounce 24-karat gold coins are $929 for each proof and $916 for each uncirculated.
Pulling in the highest sales were the Eliza Johnson coins. During their second full week of availability, collectors bought 135 more Johnson coins than they did in the prior round. 440 proofs and 276 uncirculated coins were purchased, most likely while the prices were lower, versus 366 and 215 previously. [click to continue…]
The biggest news in weeks for the one-half ounce First Spouse Gold Coins came Wednesday when the United States Mint decreased their prices in response to the recent lower market price of the precious metal. First Spouse coin prices fell from their all-time high of $929 to $904 per proof and from $916 to $891 for each uncirculated.
The Eliza Johnson coins that launched on May 5 might show stronger demand in next week’s report with its new price. Following the weak start of 2,108 sales in its inaugural weekend, the Johnson coins pulled together 581 in this round, which is still sluggish compared to what had been typical for new coins.
Those were not the only coins to show weakness. Two others completely lost some sales during the week. Buchanan’s uncirculated Liberty and Abigail Fillmore’s proof fell by -2 each. [click to continue…]
Prices rose by $25 for First Spouse Gold Coins for the second time in April. Also springing up was demand for the oldest coin while activity for the remaining two coins eased just a bit in the latest round of US Mint sales figures.
On Wednesday, April 27, the United States Mint increased their numismatic gold coin prices due to their pricing policy that uses the London Fix weekly average price of gold as a gauge for market value. The US Mint increased First Spouse proof coins from $904 to $929 and uncirculated coins from $891 to $916.
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Since prices have been at an all time high, and only three coins remain available, it is no wonder sales for First Spouse Gold Coins fell from a cumulative total of 515 in the prior round down to 179. Prices increased on Wednesday, April 13 by $25 to $904 and $891 for the proof and uncirculated versions due to the rising price of gold on the market.
Of the three coins still being offered by the United States Mint, the uncirculated Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coins lead, climbing another 101. The Lincoln proofs added 58. Together their new sales totals came to 9,237. [click to continue…]