April 30th, 2010

Near Sellout Not a Problem

The uncirculated 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial silver dollar sold out on April 26. At that time, anyone placing a new order was asked to join a waiting list and hope that someone else’s order got canceled and theirs received the stamp of approval. For some reason, Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery comes to mind, with collectors hoping that theirs isn’t the “black dot” order.

Well now that option has passed. Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Mint removed the uncirculated dollar from its online store, officially moving it to its “No Longer Available” list. You can still order the proof coins at www.usmint.gov, or through the Mint’s toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

As of Sunday, April 25, 107,292 uncirculated coins were purchased, but collectors will have to wait until the middle of next week to learn how many were sold. That number is likely to shift—up or down—by several thousand by then.

In fact, it’s possible there won’t be any left by the time this is posted.

But that’s OK. A very quick search of one of the most utilized online auction sites shows 613 results listed for “2010 boy scouts.” Those results include certified coins, coins in Mint packaging, coins in “custom” covers, sellers with multiple coins and so on.

So don’t worry. There are at least 613 Boy Scouts coins available—if you’re the lucky bidder.

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