The U.S. Mint closed out sales of its two 2011 commemorative coin
programs at 5 p.m. Eastern Time Dec. 16, with preliminary totals
representing just fractions of the authorized mintages, and sales of
the Uncirculated gold half eagles at their lowest levels in a decade.
The three-coin United States Army coin program offered Proof and
Uncirculated versions of up to 100,000 gold $5 half eagles, 500,000
silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.
The Medal of Honor coin program offered Proof and Uncirculated
versions of up to 100,000 half eagles and 500,000 silver dollars.
Sales figures for the two Uncirculated gold coins are the lowest
for a commemorative half eagle in a decade, since the 2001 Capitol
Visitor Center commemorative coin program (6,750 Uncirculated half
eagles were sold in that 2001 program).
Sales for both programs are preliminary, with final tallies still
to be reconciled.
U.S. Mint sales figures as of its Dec. 19 report show for the
United States Army Coin Program:
➤ Gold half eagle: 17,173 Proof, 8,062 Uncirculated.
➤ Silver dollar: 119,829 Proof, 43,517 Uncirculated.
➤ Copper-nickel clad half dollar: 68,349 Proof, 39,461 Uncirculated.
For the Medal of Honor program, sales contained on the U.S. Mint’s
Dec. 19 sales report show:
➤ Gold half eagle: 18,012 Proof, 8,251 Uncirculated.
➤ Silver dollar: 112,850 Proof, 44,769 Uncirculated.
The selling price for each of the gold $5 half eagles for both
programs incorporated a $35 surcharge and a $10 surcharge for each
silver dollar. The half dollars for the U.S. Army program each carried
a $5 surcharge in the purchase prices.
Surcharges collected from the U.S. Army coin program, after the
Mint recoups all production costs, are to be paid to the Army
Historical Foundation to help finance the National Museum of the
United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.
The surcharges for the Medal of Honor program, after the Mint
recoups all production costs, are to be paid to the Congressional
Medal of Honor Foundation to help finance the educational, scholarship
and outreach programs of the Foundation. ■
Several minor errors in this article were corrected on Dec. 29.