First Spouse Half ounce gold coins not selling well Print

The 'first spouse' half ounce gold coins issued by the US Mint are not selling particularly well, and the news is that the mintages have been reduced from 40,000 to 15,000 starting with the latest issue, Abigail Fillmore. Obviously the Mint over-estimated the demand there would be for a new bullion coin like this.

These is some discussion here about the reasons the coins have not proved popular, while the market for other US bullion coins like gold eagles and gold buffaloes remains so strong.

One of the theories about their lack of popularity is that they are not attractive coins; another is that the women featured are mostly unknown historical personages who have no 'recognition' value; but the most convincing is that they are being sold at too high a price, and bullion investors can get their gold in other forms for a better price. 

The other way of looking at it, of course, is that since the mintages have been reduced, the rarity value of these particular coins will increase, if you can hold onto them for a couple of decades.