2012 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Opening Sales Figures

by Coin Collecting News on March 21, 2012

2012 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coin

U.S. Mint sales for the 2012 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin opened at 4,110

Opening sales numbers for the 2012 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coin and the inaugural 2012 Birth Set were released Tuesday by the United States Mint. These two new items, however, did not appear to stir any kind of buying frenzy among collectors for other Mint products.

The 2012 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin’s debut resulted in 4,110 orders between its launch on March 15 and March 19, and it stayed true to the trend of slower starts in the series that may be attributed to its continuous rise in price due to its gold value. This year’s opening price was $1,960. Last year’s issue started at 5,782 orders and had an initial price of $1,760.

Also new to the sales table was the 2012 Birth Set. Its first appearance was semi-bright with 5,670 sales since its release on March 13. The Birth Set placed third among the week’s best sellers with only the two silver proof commemoratives faring better. Given the nature of the Birth Set, its sales pace going forward could be a bit more uncertain than other products.

Collectors scooped up another 15,597 of the Star-Spangled Banner Proof Silver Dollars and 6,563 more of the Infantry Soldier Proof Silver Dollars. The Star-Spangled Banner coins have been on the market since March 5, and the Infantry Soldier Silver Dollars have been around since February 16.

In all, just 24 products improved over their prior weekly sales gains, compared to the 48 who out-performed in the previous report. Most of the recent overachievers were the America the Beautiful Quarter products such as the Three-Coin Sets and the quarters’ bags and rolls.

All available sales on U.S. Mint numismatic coin products are below. The first three columns of the table provide weekly United States Mint sales increases between the listed time periods, offering a sense of recent trends. The final column provides the latest United States Mint sales totals as of Monday, March 19, 2012.

Bullion coin tables are found toward the bottom, with the most recent sales as of Tuesday, March 20, except for the five ounce bullion coins. According to the U.S. Mint, their numbers were updated on March 12, 2012. (NLA = No Longer Available.) Check out the US coins section of the site for more information on the products.

Table of Sales for U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Products

  Unit
Change
Unit
Change
Unit
Change
Latest
Sales
  2/28 – 3/5 3/6 – 3/12 3/12 – 3/19  
2012 STAR-SPANGLED BANNER COINS
$5 Gold Proof   3,103 546 3,649
$5 Gold Uncirculated   2,355 395 2,750
$1 Silver Proof   44,479 15,597 60,076
$1 Silver Uncirculated   18,763 5,363 24,126
Proof Two-Coin Set   6,164 890 7,054
 
2012 INFANTRY SOLDIER SILVER DOLLARS
Proof Silver Dollar 19,338 18,303 6,563 82,017
Uncirculated Silver Dollar 7,991 7,187 2,402 35,590
Defenders of Freedom Set 9,356 7,658 3,026 43,446
 
AMERICAN EAGLES
25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set NLA NLA NLA 100,000
2011 Uncirculated Silver Eagles -30 3,192 3,776 277,955
2011 Proof Silver Eagles NLA NLA NLA 850,000
2011 American Eagle Platinum Proof 132 26 15 13,937
2011 American Gold Eagle Uncirculated NLA NLA NLA 8,822
 
2011 AMERICAN GOLD EAGLE PROOF COINS
One ounce NLA NLA NLA 30,000
One-half ounce NLA NLA NLA 8,066
One-quarter ounce NLA NLA NLA 10,381
One-tenth ounce 318 434 213 23,297
Four-Set 58 53 49 17,927
 
SEPTEMBER 11 NATIONAL MEDALS
West Point 172 241 232 97,651
Philadelphia 169 225 125 63,432
 
AMERICAN BUFFALO
2012 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin     4,110 4,110
2011 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin 251 572 0 25,802
2010 Proof Buffalo Gold Coin NLA NLA NLA 49,374
 
FIRST SPOUSE GOLD COINS
Eliza Johnson Proof (2011) 13 7 4 3,807
Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011) 13 10 2 2,845
Julia Grant Proof (2011) 10 20 9 3,964
Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011) 16 6 10 2,575
Lucy Hayes Proof (2011) 2 11 10 3,110
Lucy Hayes Uncirculated (2011) 9 11 11 2,004
Lucretia Garfield Proof (2011) 24 46 17 2,590
Lucretia Garfield Uncirculated (2011) 26 42 16 1,633
 
U.S. Mint PROOF SETS
2012 Birth Set     5,670 5,670
2012 America The Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ 1,956 3,496 1,871 74,861
2012 America The Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ 2,799 3,678 3,246 93,818
2011 America The Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ 433 383 306 140,204
2011 America The Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ 626 493 233 145,325
2011 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set™ 468 677 368 286,399
2011 United States Mint Silver Proof Set 1,072 1,377 743 555,618
2011 Proof Set 1,342 1,735 1,921 1,070,222
 
U.S. Mint UNCIRCULATED SETS
2011 United States Mint Uncirculated Set 621 619 552 518,962
2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set NLA NLA NLA 583,912
2011 Presidential Uncirculated Dollar Set™ 257 216 148 64,287
2010 Presidential Uncirculated Dollar Set™ NLA NLA NLA 98,620
 
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 5 OZ SILVER UNCIRCULATED COINS
Hot Springs National Park NLA NLA NLA 27,000
Yellowstone National Park NLA NLA NLA 27,000
Yosemite National Park NLA NLA NLA 27,000
Grand Canyon National Park NLA NLA NLA 26,019
Mount Hood National Forest NLA NLA NLA 26,928
Gettysburg National Military Park -5 287 183 20,619
Glacier National Park -3 216 162 17,435
Olympic National Park -1 261 151 15,083
Vicksburg National Military Park -5 427 214 14,826
Chickasaw National Recreation Area -36 728 282 12,653
 
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Set 110 71 58 32,237
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Set 111 87 67 33,537
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters "Circulated" Set 270 389 182 17,772
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters "Circulated" Set 73 154 87 25,788
 
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 3-COIN SET
El Yunque Quarters 455 314 495 14,170
Chickasaw Quarters 67 89 75 12,932
Vicksburg Quarters 36 48 52 14,722
Olympic Quarters 30 39 40 14,625
Glacier Quarters 36 40 37 15,640
Gettysburg Quarters 40 56 59 18,287
Mount Hood Quarters 17 34 32 15,425
Grand Canyon Quarters 19 29 39 17,838
Yosemite Quarters 26 28 31 18,263
Yellowstone Quarters 17 37 29 20,668
Hot Springs Quarters 18 23 30 20,256
 
EL YUNQUE QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) 116 -16 85 3,049
100-coin bag (D) 103 -4 70 2,935
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) 490 33 386 19,703
 
CHICKASAW QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) 17 10 10 2,895
100-coin bag (D) 18 9 11 2,805
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) 107 102 83 22,750
 
VICKSBURG QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) 13 8 9 3,149
100-coin bag (D) 12 8 10 3,060
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) 54 63 87 25,163
 
OLYMPIC QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) 8 5 3 3,499
100-coin bag (D) 3 4 4 3,397
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) 39 38 36 26,174
 
GLACIER QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) 8 2 2 3,731
100-coin bag (D) 3 3 4 3,888
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) 37 32 35 28,077
 
GETTYSBURG QUARTER QUARTER BAGS & ROLLS
100-coin bag (P) NLA NLA NLA 4,787
100-coin bag (D) NLA NLA NLA 4,609
Two-Roll Set (80 coin) (P&D) NLA NLA NLA 33,136
 
2011 ANDREW JOHNSON $1 COIN ROLLS
25-coin roll set (P) 39 38 75 32,309
25-coin roll set (D) 34 41 29 30,687
 
2011 ULYSSES S. GRANT $1 COIN ROLLS
25-coin roll set (P) 149 -33 43 30,585
25-coin roll set (D) 42 72 44 29,361
 
2011 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES $1 COIN ROLLS
25-coin roll set (P) 147 -28 116 27,675
25-coin roll set (D) 40 57 104 26,564
 
2011 JAMES GARFIELD $1 COIN ROLLS
25-coin roll set (P) 216 121 165 25,974
25-coin roll set (D) 105 135 103 24,643
 
PRESIDENTIAL $1 COIN & FIRST SPOUSE MEDAL SETS™
Abigail Fillmore 12 9 4 9,995
Jane Pierce 13 11 4 7,858
Buchanan’s Liberty 15 11 3 7,556
Mary Lincoln 36 43 30 14,461
Eliza Johnson 21 19 10 5,990
Julia Grant 28 23 12 6,124
Lucy Hayes 28 36 18 4,810
Lucretia Garfield 74 72 52 3,902
 
2011 KENNEDY HALF-DOLLAR BAGS & ROLLS
200-coin bag (P&D) NLA NLA NLA 9,455
2-roll set (P&D) 173 208 135 26,170
 
2011 NATIVE AMERICAN GOLDEN DOLLAR ROLLS
25-coin roll set (P) 117 154 73 22,701
25-coin roll set (D) 116 189 116 22,443
 
PRESIDENTIAL $1 COIN COVERS
William Henry Harrison 21 14 5 30,009
John Tyler 19 11 4 26,727
James K. Polk 16 13 5 24,971
Zachary Taylor 15 13 8 23,931
Millard Fillmore 15 16 9 22,774
Franklin Pierce 24 20 13 21,167
James Buchanan 27 19 15 19,896
Abraham Lincoln 69 78 34 33,299
Andrew Johnson 18 23 11 18,207
Ulysses S. Grant 26 35 23 18,217
Rutherford B. Hayes 43 42 33 16,128
James Garfield 82 111 61 14,819
 
LINCOLN TWO-ROLL SETS
2010 Shield Cent 133 115 102 181,126

 

U.S. Mint SALES: 2012 BULLION COINS*
  February March YTD 2012
American Silver Eagles 1,490,000 1,862,000 9,459,000
American Eagle Gold 1 oz 20,000 32,500 137,000
American Eagle Gold 1/2 oz 0 0 49,000
American Eagle Gold 1/4 oz 2,000 0 40,000
American Eagle Gold 1/10 oz 5,000 25,000 115,000
American Buffalo Gold 1 oz 7,000 18,500 39,000

*Includes 2011-dated coins.

 

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 5 OZ SILVER BULLION COINS
Gettysburg     126,700
Glacier     126,700
Olympic     84,900
Vicksburg     38,100
Chickasaw     28,700

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