officials had not decided as of May 6 how they plan to offer thousands
of 2016-W Winged Liberty Head gold dimes the Mint
has remaining in inventory, and that number continues to climb.
The Mint offered a maximum of 125,000 coins, originally available at
$205 each, with an ordering limit of 10 coins per household.
Customers placed sufficient orders April 21 to exhaust the sales
maximum, but only temporarily; order reconciliations, returns and
cancellations quickly reduced the number of coins sold. As of April
28, following preliminary order reconciliation, the number of gold
dimes recorded sold by the U.S. Mint was 121,201 out of the 125,000 limit.
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However, since that preliminary sales number was released, the total
sales have dropped further as orders are canceled because customers
decide they don’t want the coins, packaging or coins are found to be
damaged, or credit cards on file are expired.
As of the U.S. Mint’s May 3 sales report, the number of the 2016-W
Winged Liberty Head gold dimes recorded sold stood at 119,402. It is
uncertain, however, how many of the returned coins will be made
available for sale to customers.
Mint spokesman Michael White said the decision on how to fairly
offer any coins in stock won’t be made until the Mint reconciles
orders placed beginning from the opening day of sales April 21.
The final sales number for the program will likely be below the
maximum 125,000 coins struck, even if demand during any second
offering were sufficient to reach the limit, since some coins are
damaged. The Mint will not resell damaged coins or strike additional
examples to replace them.