The U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers will be able to place orders
for 2011 American Eagle 1-ounce silver and gold bullion coins starting
The date is two weeks earlier in the new year than for the
beginning of placement of orders for the 2010 bullion coins (which was
Jan. 19, 2010).
The Mint’s Office of Public Affairs released a statement Dec. 16
announcing, “2010-dated American Eagle Gold and Silver Bullion Coins
will remain on sale until inventory is depleted.
“Any remaining inventory of 2010-dated coins in January 2011 will
be sold on a ratio basis when ordering 2011-dated American Eagle Gold
and Silver Bullion Coins. This will continue until the 2010 inventory
“The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for 2011-dated
American Eagle One Ounce Gold and Silver Bullion Coins on Monday,
January 3, 2011, via the standard allocation process.”
Until 2009, Mint officials had accepted orders for the next year’s
American Eagle bullion coins in December, for delivery in early
January. The Mint would be begin striking the next year’s coins well
before the start of the new calendar year in order to build inventory
to meet the demand.
However, because of record demand for American Eagle silver
bullion coins in 2009, the U.S. Mint delayed accepting orders for the
2010 1-ounce silver and gold bullion coins until Jan. 19, 2010.
The Mint had ended production of the 2009 bullion coins and begun
production of the 2010 coins in November 2009, in preparation for the
launch of the 2010 program. However, a surge in orders for the silver
bullion coins in November led Mint officials to halt production of the
2010 coins and to resume striking the 2009 coins to meet immediate demand.
Production of the 2009 coins ended Dec. 31, with 2010 coin
production resuming the same day. Sales of the 2010 coins began once
inventory had been built to levels sufficient to meet the demand for
the new coins.
Any 2009-dated coins remaining in inventory in January 2010 were
mixed in with orders for 2010-dated coins. ■