Readers Ask column from April 25, 2016, Weekly issue of
During the last several years, the U.S. Mint has sold rolls of coins to
collectors that are supposed to be available only from the Mint at a
premium over face value.
The mintages for these coins are posted on the U.S. Mint’s website
under circulating coin production. I have been tracking the Kennedy
half dollars and the Native American dollars, which consistently
show lower sales than the mintage.
The most recent product sold out is the 2014 Native American
dollars sold in rolls and bags. The sales for 2014-P dollars are
1,323,350, yet production mintage shows 3,080,000. The sales for
2014-D dollars are 1,289,275, yet production mintage shows 5,600,000.
As is clear from the above example there is a huge discrepancy in
some sales versus mintages, which affects the aftermarket for these products.
Since the Mint sells these products to collectors at a premium and
they are supposed to be available only by ordering from the Mint, I
feel the Mint owes collectors an explanation.
Are the sales the actual mintage or is the posted production the
actual mintage and the excess over sales will be dumped into
Since I have been unable to get a response from the Mint, is there
any way you can use your influence to get correct mintage figures
for these products over several years?
Carl Cartwheel / via email
According to the U.S. Mint, “The dollar and half dollar coins that
are produced for rolls, bags or boxes that do not get sold are held in
Mint inventory until they can be recycled and used to produce dollar
coins in the future. The 5.6 million production figure for the 2014
Native American Denver $1 coins found on the Mint’s website was a
clerical error and is being corrected. The correct number is 2.8 million.
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