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December 02, 2008

Have you noticed that Martin Van Buren First Spouse half-ounce gold coins are on sale? You can be forgiven if in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday preparation that you missed it.

This is not intended to be a slam at the Mint. It is simply an observation about the calendar, which gets awfully crowded with family and social obligations of the season at this time of year.

The coin is the fourth this year and the eighth in the series. Price is the same as for other recent issues. It is $549.95 for the proof, which usually outsells the uncirculated nowadays as we are beyond the sellout excitement generated by the first three issues. The uncirculated is priced at $524.95.

The Dolley Madison issue was recently taken off sale, but the four for the year 2008 are all still available.

The Madison is the first issue to go off sale without achieving a sellout. The proof sales total is 18,355 and the uncirculated sales total is 12,541. That is about 9,000 short of the total possible combined maximum of 40,000. Sales numbers for the succeeding issues so far are lower.

Check the various First Spouse issues out at

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Recent Comments
On December 4, 2008 Michael Gaubeca said
Perhaps I missed something but what happened to the Van Buren first day covers on the usmint site?  They were scheduled for release Oct. 27 and the mint stats show 23k plus sold out of a 50k mintage. Was it delisted?  

Clueless Mike in California

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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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