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Mint Stats: James Monroe FDC Numbers Act Up Again
By David C. Harper, Numismatic News
April 03, 2008

This week's numbers were obtained on April 1. Buyers of James Monroe First Day Covers understandably might think news of this week's sales totals is an April Fool's joke.

Monroe is reported as a sellout. If you missed last week's paper, you would think nothing of it. However, if you have been following it closely you would remember that the April 1 issue total was 48,578 - almost a sellout. The April 8 issue had the total at 27,885, an unusual drop. Was last week just one of those things?

An interesting set of statistics relates to the First Spouse series. The Dolley Madison proof outsold the proof Monroe by more than 5:1. It jumped by 1,109 compared to a rise of 190 for Elizabeth Monroe. It has to be the price difference. It looks like a speculative play on gold bullion.

The bullion gold American Eagles rose a bit, but the silver is dead in its tracks. The market currently wants more than the Mint can supply.

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On April 5, 2008 Neal said
I have asked several times for the stats on the 50 state quarters first day coin covers. For some reason you don't want to list this info. If I don't see it soon I will have to cancel my subscription. The only reason I pay for this whole newspaper is for the mint stats. If you won't print the info I need then I have no need for your paper.

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