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When Waiting is a Good Thing
July 20, 2011

The waiting list notice is back on the U.S. Mint’s website for the 2010 Yosemite 5-ounce silver uncirculated collector coin.

This time the Mint means it. It really does.

As of July 18 the Mint had reported a total of 26,740 spoken for, just 260 shy of the 27,000-coin sellout.

Collectors had been faked out a bit when the first waiting list notice went up inadvertently June 23 and stayed there for more than a week.

So it looks like a sellout for the third 2010 design and the fourth design, the Grand Canyon, is doing rather well.

With sales at 22,026 pieces, the Mint has just 4,974 left of the Grand Canyon coins and these should be moved out before we turn the calendar page to August. Collectors got an extra incentive to buy these because Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has recognized two kinds of finishes on these coins, the regular vapor-blasted matte surface and a light finish with a somewhat more lustrous surface.

That’s just in time. The fifth and final 2010 design for Mount Hood National Forest goes on sale on July 28.

Then we can watch the fun begin with the offerings of the five 2011 collector coin designs.

Will the price of the 2011 coins still be $279.95? Will mintages still be 27,000?

Let’s hold our breaths and see.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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