And then there was one.
On April 9, just 10 days after the U.S. Mint confirmed the sellout
of 50,000 2014-W National Baseball Hall of Fame gold $5 coins, the
400,000 2014-P Baseball silver dollars are reported to have sold out, too.
That leaves just the copper-nickel clad Baseball half dollar, in
Proof and Uncirculated versions, as the lone denomination from the
three-coin commemorative coin program remaining for collectors to purchase.
The half dollar has a maximum mintage of 750,000 coins. The Proof
versions are being struck at the San Francisco Mint and the
Uncirculated half dollars at the Denver Mint.
Sales for the Baseball commemoratives bearing a common designs began
at noon Eastern Time March 27.
Mintage limit reached
Exhaustion of the mintage limit for the Baseball dollars was
announced by U.S. Mint officials shortly before 5 p.m. Eastern Time
April 9 when a Waiting List Notice was posted on the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov.
The U.S. Mint’s notice explains that the bureau had received
sufficient orders to reach the maximum authorized mintage limit.
Orders were still being taken, but with customers placed on the
waiting list. Those waiting-list orders would be filled in the order
they were placed should coins become available because of orders being canceled.
The sellout of the silver dollars appeared imminent shortly after 10
a.m. April 9 when the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications
released the latest cumulative sales figures.
At that time, fewer than 10,000 Baseball silver dollars remained
unsold. Those sales totals released early in the day indicated 390,879
silver dollars sold — 257,183 Proof coins and 133,696 Uncirculated coins.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said the afternoon of April 10
that an estimated split between the number of Proof and Uncirculated
Baseball silver dollars sold was unavailable for release since sales
were in “waiting list status.”
Gold $5 sold out, 50¢ available
Sales for the half eagles appeared headed for a sellout between
March 28 and 29, with the Mint confirming March 31 that sufficient
orders had been received to cover the maximum authorized mintage.
Mint officials report rounded off half eagle sales at 32,000 Proof
coins and 18,000 Uncirculated pieces, with final, audited figures
unavailable until after the commemorative coin program has closed. No
sales figures will be final until the program is closed entirely and
sales audited. The program is scheduled to run through Dec. 31, while
Baseball half dollar coins remain.
As of the morning of April 9, Baseball half dollar sales reached
190,211 coins — 103,948 Proof coins and 66,263 Uncirculated pieces.
Updated half dollar sales figures released April 10 by White
indicated 171,115 Baseball half dollars sold — 104,760 Proof coins and
66,355 Uncirculated half dollars.