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Only Proofs Left for Scout Coin
April 27, 2010

The final phase of the Boy Scout commemorative silver dollar sales has begun. We’ve all been waiting for a sellout.

The first shoe to drop was the uncirculated dollar. The Mint is now placing orders on a waiting list. This means those potential buyers will receive coins only if someone else cancels an order or returns the coins.

For now, the proof version is still being sold. I expect to receive the latest sales figures at some point today, but since I do not have them, I will have to do a little speculating.

Last week there were 37,347 coins left to sell. Sales were running at about 22,000 a week. That likely means we are sitting at around 15,000 left and those are proofs.

Can I be wrong? Sure.

Sales often accelerate as the end approaches. Fence sitters decide to jump.

If this scenario plays out, we are much closer to a sellout.

If sales continue to decelerate at the pace that occurred last week, there are probably 17,000 or 18,000 of the proof coins still available.

The upshot is: if you want a proof, get that order in now.

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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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