United States Mint officials formally recognized a 12-year-old Baltimore Orioles fan as buying the first 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative sold at the Whitman Baltimore Expo — a Proof gold $5 coin.
The three-coin 2014 program is proving popular with collectors, with more than 80 percent of the gold $5 half eagles authorized reported sold during the first 12 hours of sales March 27.
Buyer of the first coin at the U.S. Mint booth at the Whitman Baltimore Expo was young fan and collector Cole Bank from Vienna, Va., who was first in line at the Mint’s booth.
Figures released by the U.S. Mint the morning of March 28 show sales of 26,798 of the Proof 2014-W gold coins and 14,999 of the Uncirculated 2014-W gold pieces for a total of 41,797 coins.
The total combined maximum authorization of gold $5 half eagles in Proof and Uncirculated is 50,000 coins.
The enabling legislation calls for the maximum production and release of up to 400,000 silver dollars and 750,000 copper-nickel clad half dollars.
Sales from noon to midnight March 27, according to the U.S. Mint, totaled 108,164 of the Proof 2014-P silver dollars and 48,511 of the Uncirculated 2014-P silver dollars.
Copper-nickel clad half dollar sales during the first 12 hours were 43,376 for the Proof 2014-S coins and 29,978 for the 2014-D Uncirculated half dollar.
The sales totals reflect coins sold at the Mint website, by telephone, at the Whitman Baltimore Coin & Collectibles Expo, and at the U.S. Mint Sales Center at Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C.
First in line
United States Mint photo by Lateefah Simms.