The 2016 Shawnee 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin, released last Thursday, is now listed as “Currently Unavailable” on the U.S Mint’s Web site. The item sold 14,369 units on its first day of availability, and was up to 15,263 sales earlier this week.
The coin has a mintage limit of 30,000 pieces, so it’s likely it will become available again some time in the future, but this is an unexpected interruption in its availability. “Unavailable” is the Mint’s way of temporarily putting a full stop to sales, as opposed to putting something on “Back Order,” which still allows customers to make purchases for shipment at a later date.
“Unavailable” status at the Mint has historically been reserved for products that are close to selling out. Typically, the Mint will then follow this up by releasing small batches of an item as it fields final returns and prepares to conclude the run of the product.
We’ve seen “Unavailable” status used more frequently this year, however. The 2016 Mark Twain Commemoratives have all been Unavailable at one time or another since their releases, but they were ultimately made available for sale again in a timely fashion. Commemoratives have very large mintage limits, though, so the comparison may not be that useful. Many ATB 5 oz. Uncirculated coins have been discontinued by the Mint before nearing their mintage limits, often well before hitting 20,000 pieces sold.
For more information on the 2016 Shawnee National Forest 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin, please visit the U.S. Mint’s Web site.