It may frustrate collectors, but sell-outs are a fact of life in the coin world. When something has a set edition limit its supply is, by definition, limited, so if demand exceeds that supply you will see a coin sell out.
Sometimes it happens very quickly.
Here are five of the fastest sell-outs of 2015:
1. The Royal Mint’s first “£100 for £100” coin
50,000 of these £100 coins featuring Big Ben were released on 29 December 2014. They were sold out 11 days later. Why? This was the Royal Mint’s first “£100 for £100” coin – the first time collectors had seen a commemorative coin of this cost at its face value.
2. The “early bird” coin from New Zealand Mint
Just 1,000 of these coins were produced in May to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte. Whilst the design was not the best, the fact that it was the first coin to be made available after the announcement of the birth meant that this one sold out inside a week. The early bird catches the worm!
3. The 2 day sell-out from Royal Canadian Mint
Thousands of collectors queued up at the ANA Coin Show in Chicago last August to see this coin even though they couldn’t buy it. That’s because it had sold out at the Mint in just 2 days due to its unique design (a coin shaped like a maple leaf).
4. The 15 minute online sell-out from the US Mint
17,000 of these Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicles sets sold out in just 15 minutes online last summer due to the inclusion in the set of a Reverse Proof Presidential Dollar for the first time.
5. The pre-release sell-out from Jersey
Issued to celebrate Her Majesty becoming our longest reigning monarch in September, this very exclusive set of 6 1oz gold proof coins sold out before it was even officially launched, with pre-orders accounting for the full edition limit of 25.
What to look out for this year
The Queen’s 90th birthday is the obvious collecting event of 2016. I expect to see a lot of coins released to mark the special milestone, but you will need to look at the lower edition limits to find the quick sell-outs.
The first example of this is the “Long to Reign Over Us” DateStamp™ Gold Sovereign that is available to just 995 collectors. Issued on 6 February – the day Her Majesty acceded to the throne – this will sell out quickly as attention turns from The Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch to her 90th birthday.
The US Mint has recently announced commemorative releases for the 100th anniversary of three of their most iconic coin designs. Depending on the edition limits, the coins celebrating the Winged Liberty Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar could be a safe bet for a sell-out based on the popularity of the original coins.
Finally, 2016 sees the 200th anniversary of Britain’s Re-coinage Act in which the famous Guinea was replaced with the Sovereign. The East India Company will be producing a series of Guineas to mark the anniversary, including a very limited release of just 200 Guineas being struck on the anniversary date (22 June).
Exclusive issues like this are so popular with collectors that they are as close to a sure thing when it comes to sell-outs as you can get.
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You can own the Cut-out Silver Maple Leaf that sold out in 2 days
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When a coin sells out so quickly at the Mint, it needs to be in your Portfolio. There will be a lot of disappointed collectors right now who were unable to secure one. How many of these coins will be appearing on auction sites or changing hands at coin fairs far above their retail price?
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