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Boy Scout Sellout Nearer, but Not Yet
April 07, 2010

If you missed the opening of sales for the new Boy Scout silver dollar commemoratives March 23, you still have time to order what you would like, but it is best you don’t delay further.

The latest weekly numbers show that the Mint has sold 266,517 of the coins through April 6. Sales during the prior week rose by 51,844. With a ceiling of 350,000 coins, that leaves the Mint 83,483 coins left to sell.

If sales follow the usual pattern, the coins will stay available for roughly another two weeks.

Should the eBay posse decide that a sellout is assured and a stampede ensues, the sellout point can be just days away.

If you are simply a collector who wants to put the new coins in your collection, it is best to get your order in and don’t worry about which day the sellout might occur.

There are some people who watch sales figures for weeks or months on end, depending on the program, and then decide at the last minute to buy – I assume they believe they will make a profit, or at least own something desirable.

Sometimes they miss the deadline. Then they complain to me.

Sitting on the fence can have consequences. If you want the coins, buy 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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