The US Mint has announced plans to begin selling the 1/2 ounce 24-karat gold Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coins on December 3, 2009 at Noon (Eastern). It will be available in both proof and uncirculated versions.
A maximum mintage of only 40,000 has been put in place for the Taylor coins across both product options with the exact proof to uncirculated ratio being determined by demand. Also, the first week the Mint will enforce a 10 coins per product option per household order limit on the coins. It will re-evaluate the order limit after that time and adjust it if needed.
The Austrian Mint has issued their release schedule for 2010 and it looks to be full of some very nice coins. The Mint also plans a couple of sets.
The first releases for the year celebrates the Winter Olympic Games that will be held in Vancouver, Canada. There are two coins scheduled with one of those highlighting the sport of snow boarding and the other ski-jump. Both coins are to be struck from 80% silver with a face value of 5 Euros. They will be available in both uncirculated and special uncirculated versions.
Next up is a continuation of the successful 'Celebrated Physicians of Austria' series. The 2010 coin will feature Karl Landsteiner who helped to identify the method of blood typing still in use today. His coin is made from 98.6% gold with a face value of 50 Euro. It will only be available in proof with a maximum of 50,000 struck.
The proof and uncirculated versions of the American Eagle Gold and Silver coins will not be available this year from the US Mint according to a statement they released yesterday. As you may recall, sales of these coins were suspended back in March before they were even offered to the public.
"Unprecedented Demand" was the reason the Mint gave for both the suspension in March as well as its continuation now. All available 22-karat gold and silver bullion blanks are being directed towards the production of the bullion Eagles, leaving none for the collectors proof and uncirculated coins.