With the release of the 2022 Production Schedule by the United States Mint last week, there was a change in this year’s schedule that may have been missed by some. The one ounce United States Air Force and United States Coast Guard medals have been pushed to 2022. The two medals, which were delayed in release like their larger 2.5-ounce counterparts, had been slated to be released at the end of this year. However, the 2021 Production Schedule no longer shows them on the docket but they are reflected in the 2022 schedule.
The Mint released the 2.5-ounce United States Air Force silver medal back in July after originally being slated for release in February. Indeed, the Mint had three false starts on selling of the medal. Those issues were mostly around availability of bullion but also were caught up in some of the anti-bot work the Mint did on its site last year. The United States Coast Guard 2.5-ounce medal fared a bit better. It managed to make its schedule release August.
Originally, the Mint had planned to release smaller one ounce versions of both medals. Those were almost immediately pushed to the end of this year on the production schedule and have now been further pushed back to “Summer 2022” according to the production schedule.
Officially, the Mint has not indicated a reason for the change but it likely comes down to production capacity and bullion. Keep in mind that the Mint is still in some COVID-19 safety protocols which impacts production. Bullion still remains expensive and scares, especially for Mints around the world. These are my estimates into the delay but not official.