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More Sales Numbers and Sellouts
November 21, 2008

Yesterday the proof one-ounce gold Buffalo sold out. The latest sales number is 11,543. That won't exactly make this issue scarce.

The tenth-ounce proof is also sold out. Its sales total is similar at 10,861.

The proof half ounce, quarter ounce and four-coin set are still on sale. Sales totals are 2,003, 3,909 and 7,287, respectively, for these.

For the uncirculated versions of the Buffalo coin with "W" mintmark, the quarter- and the tenth-ounce are off sale. They have sales totals of 3,787 and 12,608, respectively.

For the uncirculated coins still on sale, the one-ounce is 2,729. The half ounce is 2,474 and the four-coin set is 5,331.

Letting these numbers sink in probably helps in understanding why some collectors are so excited about the platinum American Eagle "W" uncirculated coins with lower sales numbers. The quarter- and tenth-ounce coins are sold out and the individual coin totals are 2,027 and 2,504, respectively. The four-coin set is also sold out. It has a sales number of 2,165.

The ounce and half ounce are still on sale with the sales numbers of 669 and 1,061, respectively.

All the proof platinum American Eagles are still on sale and the 10th anniversary set has gone back on sale after a long hiatus. That will disappoint at least one collector who called me several weeks back wondering why I hadn't declared it sold out so he could sell his sets on eBay for more money.

The uncirculated and proof gold American Eagles are all still on sale as is the uncirculated "W" silver American Eagle. The proof version of the silver American Eagle is no longer available.

To find out the current sales figures that I didn't provide here, see Mint Stats every Thursday on NumisMaster.

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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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