Sales of MacArthur gold coin among lowest

Uncirculated coin second only to Jackie Robinson
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Published : 01/06/14
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Final but unaudited sales of the Uncirculated 2013-W 5-Star Generals gold $5 half eagle are the second lowest among all the gold $5 commemorative coins produced by the U.S. Mint.

The 5,667 Uncirculated coins recorded sold between the March 21, 2013, start of sales for the three-coin program and end of sales at noon Eastern Time Dec. 31 is second only to the 5,174 1997-W Jackie Robinson half eagles reported sold.

The 5-Star Generals gold coin depicts Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

The 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Act called for the production and release of up to 100,000 half eagles, 500,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.

Of the maximum total of 1.35 million coins potentially available, just 15.6 percent were sold.

U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White reported Jan. 2 that, in total, 21,507 of the gold coins were sold — 5,840 as single Proof coins and 10,000 Proofs in the sold-out three-coin Proof set, plus the 5,667 Uncirculated gold coins.

Silver dollar sales totaled 103,937 coins — 69,300 Proofs and 34,637 Uncirculated coins. The totals reflect 59,300 single Proofs and 10,000 Proof coins in the three-coin Proof set. Uncirculated silver dollar sales reflect 23,712 single coins and 10,925 in the 2013 5-Star Generals Profiles Collection set.

Copper-nickel clad half dollar sales totaled 85,436 coins — 47,339 Proofs and 38,097 Uncirculated coins. The Proof total reflects 37,339 single coins and 10,000 Proof pieces from the three-coin Proof set. The Uncirculated clad half dollar total reflects 27,172 of the single coins and 10,925 coins in the 2013 5-Star Generals Profiles Collection set.

The three-coin Proof set option, limited to 10,000 sets, sold out in a few weeks.

The 2013 5-Star Generals Profiles Collection set, limited to a maximum edition of 50,000 sets, was introduced Aug. 5.

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