12-Week Totals Running 16 Percent Above 1998 Sales

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Mint today reported continuing strong sales of the 1999 Proof Gold American Eagle Coins, with more than 67 percent of the maximum mintage of individual denominations sold since the coins became available on April 30.

“Total sales of the proof gold Eagles are up 16 percent over the first 12 weeks of the program last year,” said Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, “with sales of the one ounce and quarter ounce coins up 45 percent and 33 percent, respectively. These are the highest totals at this stage of the program since 1996, so we want to let customers know that the strong early sales we announced in mid-June are continuing at a very high pace.”

Proof silver Eagle sales are also impressive, with nearly 63 percent of this year’s total mintage sold and sales running 23 percent above the 12-week total of 284,819 coins in 1998.

Prices remain at 1998 levels: the one-ounce Proof gold American Eagle sells for $570; the half-ounce for $285; the quarter-ounce for $150; the tenth-ounce for $70 and the Four Coin Set for $999. The proof silver American Eagle one ounce coin remains $24.

Sales of proof gold Eagles will end December 31,1999, and Proof Silver Eagles will be sold while supplies last. The Mint reserves the right to limit quantities and to stop accepting orders. Coins may be delivered in multiple shipments at different times. To order Proof American Eagle Gold and Silver Coins, visit the Mint’s online catalog at www.USMINT.gov or call 1-800-USA-MINT.

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