I read the online version of Coin World, and frequently
there are references to how many of a particular U.S. Mint product
have been sold. For instance, one of your writers said at one point
that over 91 percent of the authorized maximum mintage of 2014
Baseball Hall of Fame silver dollars have been sold. How does he
know that? Does he have to ask someone at the Mint personally? Or is
there a particular link on the U.S. Mint’s website where anyone can
access the information?
Jeff Kelsey, via email
The author of that article, Paul Gilkes, has covered the United
States Mint news beat for more than two decades. In this capacity, he
is in almost daily contact with the individual staff members of the
Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications (formerly Office of Public Affairs).
The Office of Corporate Communications staff get the latest sales
information from the Mint’s Office of Sales and Marketing and
disseminate that information to members of the news media who request
it, in a report that comes out via email once a week.
Beyond that weekly report, if more than one numismatic media outlet
is seeking the same sales information, the Mint’s Office for Corporate
Communication will send a “Note to Editors” email with the
information. In some instances, the Mint releases the sales
information as soon as it is available, without a request being made,
anticipating that requests are no doubt coming.
If a sellout in a coin program is imminent, Coin World will
seek additional updates for immediate online posting to our website,
For example, Coin World reached out to the Mint for daily
sales figures for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin
program as the gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar quickly approached
maximum sales levels.
On its website at www.usmint.gov/about_the_mint/?action=coin_production,
the Mint provides links to sales and production figures.
Frequency of the posting of the information can vary depending on
the program and could be daily, weekly, monthly or even annually.
Commemorative coin sales are posted weekly, but final sales totals
are not released until a program is closed and audited.
The Monthly Edition of Coin World, dated the first Monday of
each month, includes the online sales information in chart form by
program and product, using the Mint’s posted sales information as of
the date given in the chart’s key.