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Going, Going - Gone
December 10, 2008

The Mint's cupboard is emptying out quickly of some items.

The Bald Eagle commemoratives go off sale on Friday, Dec. 12.

There has been some interest in the American Legacy Collection that includes a proof Bald Eagle silver dollars. It is pricey at $100 each.

So far, as of the Dec. 7 weekly report, the Mint has sold 20,815 of the sets. It doesn't look like sales will come even close to the maximum possible of 50,000.

Among the coins with lower mintages, the proof platinum American Eagles of the ounce, half ounce and quarter ounce sizes are gone.

Some very old "friends" are gone, too. The 1999 Delaware First Day Coin Cover is depleted.

The 2008 50-states quarter proof set is also gone.

At the end of the year, collectors are used to seeing final sales occur, but this year, with the Mint clearing out old inventory, the news that sales will stop for some items will cheer collectors who bought them years ago and who have never seen a secondary market develop for them.

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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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