The sales total for the 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin continues to be revised downward as the U.S. Mint processes returns and other related transactions. As of May 15, sales of the coin stood at 117,695 units, 7,305 less than its 125,000-piece mintage limit. This marks a 1,046-coin increase in unsold dimes since this time last week and a 4,815-coin change since the first tally was released on April 26.
The Mint still hasn’t provided any updates on its plans for offering the unsold dimes to the public. On April 22, the day following the coin’s launch, the Mint issued a statement that said “the status of the Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coin will remain as currently unavailable until all order reconciliations and order cancellations have been processed.” Since the sales total for the issue continues to be adjusted, it’s clear the Mint is still processing these types of transactions.
As noted previously, Tom Jurkowsky, Director of the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, has stated that the Mint plans to offer as much of the remaining inventory as possible. “If we say that 125,000 is the mintage, this is what we want to sell,” he said. “It’s revenue, but we want to get the coins out to customers and ensure it is done fairly.”
The Mint has stated previously that the entire 125,000-piece mintage was struck prior to the coin’s release.
Portions of this article first appeared on Mint News Blog.