2010 American Eagle silver bullion coin sets mintage record

Final figure of 34,764,500 coins eclipses record 2009 mintage
Published : 04/16/11
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The record number of 2010-dated American Eagle silver 1-ounce .999 fine silver bullion coins sold by the United States Mint is 14.1 percent higher than the recorded mintages for 2009-dated coins, the previous record holder.

The mintage for 2010 American Eagle silver bullion coins is 34,764,500, compared with 30,459,000 for the 2009 coins.

The final mintage figures for the American Eagle silver coins as well as for American Eagle 1-ounce and tenth-ounce .9167 fine gold coins were released by the U.S. Mint April 1, two-and-a-half months later than usual.

Final mintage figures generally have been released in the second or third week of January following the close of the previous calendar year.

Production for 2010 American Eagle bullion coins ended as of Dec. 31.

The mintage figures released for the 2010 half-ounce and quarter-ounce gold bullion coins, also published here, are not final because the coins are still being sold to authorized purchasers along with 2011-dated coins.

While the 2010 tenth-ounce gold bullion coin mintage is higher than the 2009 mintage, the mintages for the remaining 2010 American Eagle gold bullion coins are lower than the previous year’s issues.

The mintage figure for the 2010 American Eagle silver bullion coins is more than 9.64 times the lowest mintage for the series of 3,603,386 pieces for the 1996 issue.

Record low and high final mintages for all of the gold bullion versions, with the low listed first followed by the highest, and noted by date, are:

➤ 1-ounce, 140,016, 2007; 1,505,026, 1999.

➤ Half-ounce, 24,100, 1991; 599,566, 1986.

➤ Quarter-ounce, 34,004, 2007; 726,031, 1986.

➤ Tenth-ounce, 159,500, 1988; 2,750,338, 1999.

The high mintages for the 1999 1-ounce and tenth-ounce gold coins are attributed to investment concerns over the Y2K millennium computer bug, which never materialized.

1986 production was executed during the final four months of that calendar year.

The Mint sells American Eagle bullion coins to a network of authorized purchasers, who acquire the coins from the Mint for the spot price of the precious metal on a given day on the metals market plus a small premium. The authorized purchasers may then sell the American Eagle bullion coins to dealers and the public.

Monthly sales totals, posted cumulatively on a daily basis over the Mint’s Web site at www.usmint.gov for American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins (American Eagle platinum bullion coins have not been offered since the 2008 production year), may include coins dated from more than one calendar year and do not represent mintages for a particular date. ■

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