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And Then There Was One
November 26, 2008

Only the one-ounce "W" uncirculated platinum American Eagle remains on sale to collectors. The fractional sizes and the four-coin set have been taken off sale by the U.S. Mint.

The latest sales numbers show that the lowest total is currently held by the very same one-ounce coin at 980, according to this week's Mint Statistics sales figures.

The next lowest sales total belongs to the half ounce, which is at 1,257.

Interestingly, the quarter ounce is at 1,923. When I spoke to Dan Knauth, a collector who watches these numbers closely, for last week's Coin Chat Radio program, he was scratching his head about higher totals previously announced. Since I talked to him the reported number has declined. Good job, Dan. If something seems illogical, even with Mint reported sales numbers, perhaps it is.

The tenth-ounce sales number is 2,485 and the four-coin set stands at 2,158.

Remember, if you are trying to figure out the total mintage of any of the coins, you have to add the single-coin sales figure to the four-coin set total.

For example, the one-ounce coin is 980, and when adding 2,158 in the four-coin set, we get a current number of 3,138.

How long will the one-ounce stay on sale? I don't have any word on that, but perhaps its final individual-coin sales total will creep closer to the numbers for the half ounce. Let's watch 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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