Today we enter the seventh day of the US Mint’s website outage.
The US Mint’s online catalog and ordering system first went off-line January 15. This was also unfortunately the same day that the highly awaited Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins went on sale. The Mint recommended placing orders by phone, which were jammed with callers who would usually use the internet. Susan Headley tried to get some answers. Dave Harper recommended “You might just want to wait.”
The bags and rolls of 2008 Sacagawea Dollars and Kennedy Halves were scheduled to be released January 17. Based on some comments and early reports, the Mint is not accepted phone orders for these products. The offering has been delayed and no specific release date has been provided.
When will the Mint’s online ordering capabilities be restored?
When the online catalog first went off-line, they provided a website message with an estimate of “the next couple of days.” Later that day, the message was modified and estimate updated to “the next few days.” On January 18, the message was changed again with a new estimate for “the next several days.”
So collectors will be happy to know that the Mint’s website restore estimate has progressed from the next couple to few to several days.