According to figures provided by the United States Mint, sales of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollars have reached 91% of the maximum authorized mintage, indicating that a sell out is close at hand.
The United States Mint officially launched the commemorative coin program on March 27, 2014 with sales beginning at 12:00 Noon ET. The innovative coins feature a common design featuring a depiction of a glove on the obverse and a baseball on the reverse. The obverse is concave and the reverse is convex, accentuating the designs and representing the first “curved coins” ever produced by the US Mint.
Initial demand for the coins was extremely strong, with many collectors experiencing extended waiting times on both the US Mint’s telephone ordering system and website, where a virtual “waiting room” was created to handle the influx of traffic. Long lines were also witnessed at the Whitman Coin and Collectible Spring Expo, where the Mint had a limited number of coins available for sale.
The proof and uncirculated $5 gold coins were announced as sold out of the 50,000 maximum mintage early last week, after a period where orders were accepted for placement on a waiting list. By this time, sales of the silver dollars had already accounted for more than half of the maximum authorized mintage.
Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Sales
as of April 7, 2014, 9:30 AM ET
|$5 Gold Proof||32,000|
|$5 Gold Uncirculated||18,000|
|Total $5 Gold Coins||50,000|
|Silver Dollar Proof||238,636|
|Silver Dollar Uncirculated||127,704|
|Total Silver Dollars||366,340|
|Half Dollar Proof||100,118|
|Half Dollar Uncirculated||63,883|
|Total Half Dollars||164,001|
As of Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM ET, sales for the silver dollars had reached 238,636 proof and 127,704 uncirculated coins for a total of 366,340 across both options. This represents 91.59% of the 400,000 maximum authorized mintage.
Sales for the clad half dollars have reached 100,118 proofs and 63,883 uncirculated coins for a total of 164,001. This represents 21.87% of the 750,000 maximum mintage.
Since the start of sales, the US Mint has imposed household ordering limits of 100 coins each for the uncirculated and proof versions of the silver dollars and half dollars. The ordering limits still remain in place.