As all Libertad collectors know, the end of the year revelation of mintages is an exciting event. With a number of new sets offered in 2013, the Banco de Mexico continues to revise their offerings. One blessing: they haven’t made the same choices that the Perth Mint has made in regards to overpopulating existing series in different formats, but they have tried a few new offerings.
2013 saw the return of fractional proofs, a set released just in Europe and Mexico (the 5 coin silver proof set), one released just in America (with BU and Proof fractionals), and a number of small twists. Last year the Libertads started for sale in January, this year word has it that it won’t sell until later in the year- which might be because they are setting up some new set possibilities. We shall see.
Here are the mintages (special thanks to Pat Stovall at Don Bailey and Sons):
- Gold Bullion: 1 oz 2350, 1/2 oz 500, 1/4 oz 750, 1/10 oz 2150, 1/20 oz 750.
- Silver Bullion: 1 oz 774,100, 1/2 oz 24,500, 1/4 oz 9600, 1/10 oz 18,900, 1/20 oz 13,500
- Gold Proof: 1 oz 400, 1/2 oz 300, 1/4 oz 600, 1/10 oz 300, 1/20 oz 300
- Silver Proof: 1 oz 9100, 1/2 oz 3000, 1/4 oz 3200, 1/10 oz 4100, 1/20 oz 4200 (5 oz 1600, 2 oz 1300) The KG silver prooflike mintage was 400.
The biggest surprise here is the microscopic mintage levels of the gold coins. The proof coins was at least announced as available in small sets, so it’s not as surprising, but there was no indication that the gold bullion coins would be this rare. The silver bullion fractionals were very rare, and the proofs, excepting the 1 oz, in silver were also on the lower side.
The secondary market hasn’t really flipped out over gold Libertads, so it may not be as impactful as it would be if it were burnished eagles, but on the same token, imagine if collectors one day decide to piece together a gold bullion set- only 500 people could do it.
What will 2014 have in store? Surely they are working things out, so as Libertad collectors, we can hope for more of the same: the unexpected.