2014 Baseball HOF Silver Dollars Officially Sold Out

BHOF Silver DollarThe proof and uncirculated 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollars have officially been marked as “sold out” on the United States Mint’s website. For nearly two weeks, the Mint had been accepting orders for the coins for placement on a waiting list.

On April 9, the US Mint had posted a “waiting list” notice on the product pages for the coins. The notice indicated that orders had been received to meet the entire maximum mintage for the product offering. Collectors could still place orders for placement on a waiting list, which would be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis in the event of an order cancellation.

With the silver dollars now officially sold out and orders no longer accepted in any format, only the clad composition half dollars remain available. The $5 gold coins had sold out in rapid fashion and continue to command a sharp premium on the secondary market.

The most recent sales statistics (as of April 20, 2014) indicate total sales for the $5 gold coins at 32,026 proof and 17,974 uncirculated coins, accounting for the entire 50,000 maximum mintage. The figures represent a split of 64.1% proof and 35.9% uncirculated coins.

The figures for the silver dollars indicate total sales of 262,091 proof and 137,909 uncirculated coins, accounting for the entire 400,000 maximum mintage. The figures represent a split of 65.5% proof and 35.5% uncirculated coins.

For the clad half dollars, sales have reached 119,869 proof and 74,203 uncirculated coins, for a total of 194,072 across both versions. Sales to date represent a split of 61.8% proof and 38.2% uncirculated coins. The maximum mintage for the half dollars is 750,000 pieces. A special young collectors set incorporating the uncirculated version of the half dollar will be released later this year.

As an update to a previous post containing a reader report of a Baseball Hall of Fame Gold Coin missing the “W” mint mark, upon evaluation the coin was found to have the proper mint mark. The coin was not missing the mint mark.

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  1. SilverFan says

    I just want to know when my silver HOF coins with an expected shipping date of 4/16/14 will actually ship.

  2. Pittsburgh P says

    I had two order go out today that had several different ship by dates but settled at 4/3/14. A post in the previous thread stated the warehouse is empty and nothing will be shipped for a while. Don’t know if that’s the case or not but hope you get em soon.

  3. stephen m says

    Silver Fan, you are not alone. My order says the same thing for two silver proofs. Someone quoted cs, at the mint, saying that ship date should go out this week.

  4. Raphael says

    I had the same shipping date, according to the mint they shipped my coins on the 20th of April and UPS confirmed a shipping date of today 21 April. But they did ship my mint bag on time, as if that was what we collectors really wanted, not the coins. Good luck.

  5. fmtransmitter says

    @Raphael : That ol bag just won’t go away..hum, reminds me of some ex’s…lol

  6. fmtransmitter says

    When a coin is struck, the planchet is not heated. Although the planchet would be softer and more malleable, the extra time and expense would prove too great for the mint. Thus, the metal cold flows into the die under the high pressure.

    Mistakes can happen at any stage of this manufacturing process, and these mistakes are something that certain collectors look for.

  7. MN says

    Customer Service said BHOF returns requesting “replacements” jump to the top of the shipment order so those coins will mail out first, after more arrive at the warehouse…

  8. Ray says

    My initial bhof order also said that for a while, and last friday was finally updated with a tracking #. Initially it was a Wed delivery, but I checked today and they should be here Tues. I’m really glad that got moved up a day. I’m having them delivered to my work, and I’ll be out for a week for surgery.

  9. Clark says

    The mint must have run out of its first batch of G$5 BHoF unc coins weeks ago. I’ve received multiple gold proofs, but the only G$5 unc I received was the one I ordered before 12:30 on 3/27. All other unc I ordered before 1 p.m. are scheduled for June 1st or July. Five S$1 unc BHoFs are in the mail as of yesterday.

    That MCM sold out of all gold and most silver BHoFs, including ms/pf69s, suggests that supplies are short even for some large dealers, for now. L&C, with somewhat higher prices, seems to have gold and silver PCGS BHoFs in stock. It will be interesting to see how much secondary market prices fall once orders really start flowing from the mint.

  10. fmtransmitter says

    Bravo job on these HOF concave/convex coins. Without modern computers and CAD this high quality of a product could never have been done. Reading about the history of coin making. lol

  11. fmtransmitter says

    @Clark, well for flippers they better flip before next odd/unique shaped coin is made ie football HOF…

  12. Eddie says

    How can the Mint exchange coins if they are sold out? Would they have minted a certain amount extra for that purpose? If all of those are not needed for exchanges would the Mint melt all of the extra coins not needed for damaged coins?

  13. fmtransmitter says

    We are in an exciting transition stage for the US Mint, other World Mint’s are already doing these things. It is like the period when Mercanti was hand sculpting a design in clay to using a computer to make coin designs. I hope we start seeing “throw back” designed coins made the ol fashioned way one day. Like hopefully during the recent contest the Mint held, they made the applicants use clay and NO CAD allowed…

  14. Dustyroads says

    It’s all good, the Mint is enjoying some old time sales numbers, while the HoF’s are continuing to demand a premium. Now, maybe I can bring myself to buy some clad halves later this year, they should still be around.

  15. fmtransmitter says

    Although there is merit using CAD, somehow I don’t see the kid on American Chopper sculpting a statue of David…IMO

  16. Dustyroads says

    fmt, help me remember what I read recently about a new coin being made by the US Mint the old way. I believe it was the new Kennedy coin if I’m not mistaken.

  17. fmtransmitter says

    @DR, not sure…Should be the Kennedy as the dies are made already, just date changes and reduction for the gold…

  18. Dustyroads says

    I know that the clay sculp was scanned, but it seems to me that I read somewhere that the Mint intended to use an old practice somewhere in the process of making this new Kennedy High Relief.

  19. John says

    My gold uncirc order placed at 915pm on the 27th says in process. I called and asked if I was wait listed and the rep said that the uncirc didn’t go to wait list until the next morning, but proofs went waitlist at 8 or 830pm. I asked how that was possible because I thought it was 50k across both options however they sold, and he said no.

    I have a hard time believing him and am wondering if I should call back and ask someone else? He claims the mint had a minimum amount of uncircs it was making and that min wasn’t hit opening day. Very odd….

  20. SilverFan says

    @John: I heard the exact opposite from them. A mint rep I spoke to on 4/2 said the uncirculated gold sold out late on the first evening but that the proof did not sell out until the next morning. I really do not know what or who to believe anymore.

  21. fmtransmitter says

    Yes DR, actually there will HAVE to be made new dies to strike the gold Kennedy. They will use the Janiver to reduce it to correct size.

  22. Pittsburgh P says

    @John… Id call back. Most of the csr seem to be telling people what they want to hear imo… At least thats what has been occuring to me until I started asking for supervisors. Its amazing how their answers change to IDK and I’ll try to find out in a hurry.

  23. GoldFishin says

    The unc. $5 gold has only shipped up to a time of 12:33-12:40 pm EST 3-27 according to posts from this blog. They ran out of what must have been a very limited on hand supply very quickly. I was told by a supervisor two weeks ago that they had no supply, but would assuredly ship out first come first serve when they got more in. My order at 12:58 went from backorder of 4-3 to backorder of 6-1 about two weeks ago and remains that way. This is surely the key coin of the 6 coins released. ER/FS or sealed in package will be at even more of a premium if this continues.

  24. fmtransmitter says

    Just the polishing of the dies takes an exacto knife, clear tape, and two long 8 hour shifts!

  25. Terry says

    I hope I don.t get the replacements/returns that MN speaks of when I final get my BHOF gold in June. That is just wrong.

  26. GoldFishin says

    @fmt- when I am evaluating walking liberties and morgans that are not encapsulated, I often compare the type of polishing marks that are left on the coin from the die when they are struck to same dated and mint marked coins that I have in my collection that are encapsulated. I do this mostly to assure myself of their authenticity and to look for any signs of cleaning.

  27. matt says

    matt says

    Posted at April 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I bought only three BHOF coins. I sent them out to NGC for grading. Here’s how I did.

    What do you all think?

    001 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
    002 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 MS 70
    003 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO

  28. guama says

    I was wondering when they were going to post a “sold” on the silver BHOF. I hope I still get mine. Still says backordered.

  29. VA Bob says

    Eddie – They make extras for returns. They are destroyed on a one for one after all ship to match max mintage allowed. It’s all figured into the cost, they expect some bad ones.

  30. Pittsburgh P says

    VA Bob says

    April 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Eddie – They make extras for returns. They are destroyed on a one for one after all ship to match max mintage allowed. It’s all figured into the cost, they expect some bad ones.

    Where did you get this information at? I have heard so many differing answers for this question and am now truly intrigued by what they actually do. I’d like to see where you found this unless it’s word of mouth or an opinion. Thanks

  31. CF says

    My order for Bhof silver proof has finally shipped. My cc was dinged onThursday. I got an email Sunday that they had shipped. Expected deliver Tuesday. I did not know the US Mint shipped on Sunday but either way very excited that after a month I’m finally getting something. My gold and clad are still in backorder until 6/21 and 6/1

  32. VA Bob says

    PP It was discussed here years back, and pops up from time to time. Plus it would only make sense, as the production run (in this case) hasn’t even finished, rejects are culled from the run all the time. In the case of ATB quarters, the Mint even states they can make more in the future (same year) if they like. I’m not suggesting this is always the case. but it would probably be near impossible to put 400K in and get 400K out flawlessly. What question really needs to be determined is what percentage of returns are sent back out and what is considered bad enough to melted for scrap. I’m sure they try to limit waste with PM offerings. If I recall correctly a few years ago when there was a big problem with rinse spots (ASE’s) production was halted, the coins pulled were not counted in the final mintage as those would never have sold (even though they had lots of returns AFAIK that year).

  33. VA Bob says

    PP – What MN said : “Customer Service said BHOF returns requesting “replacements” jump to the top of the shipment order so those coins will mail out first, after more arrive at the warehouse…” would seem to support that. If they have a number of confirmed orders, they would have to either cancel those orders or send out the defects and hope they stick. Doing as MN comment suggests reduces the number of extras they need to strike to a manageable level. Makes a good case for not buying sealed boxes IMO.

  34. VABEACHBUM says

    Like CF, my PR $1 coin (ordered at 3:35 PM on 03/27) received its tracking number Sunday night, then went live on USPS on Monday. The UNC $1 is still back-ordered. My other $1 coins ordered on 04/07 are back-ordered to 06/21.

    I’m still planning to order some additional Halves; just no immediate rush.

  35. Clark says

    Goldfishin–Agreed. Early evidence is clearly showing the gold unc BHoF to be the hottest member of the set: Fewest minted, least shipped by the mint thus far, fastest to sell out on MCM, highest prices on ebay in OGP and across all TPG labels and special (opening day/first pitch/er/fs). We knew the gold unc would be the key coin of the series as soon as the first production data from the mint were out, however, there was some early debate in this forum about whether collectors of the entire six coin HoF set would drive demand. Still too early to tell, but with only 17,974 uncirculated gold HoFs to be had, I expect it to be the most valuable of the set.

  36. Pittsburgh P says

    VAB thanks for the info. Yes it does make sense that they would get rid of rejects during the run but those are not counted in the mintage. So I agree with you 100% that the question is what % of returns gets sent back out and what gets melted? That’s where my question comes in… You stated that they make extra for the returns and are destroyed on a one to one to match the max mintage.
    So is the mint producing more than the max mintage then destroying the extra? Or Is the mint producing more to compensate for returns that are found melt worthy?
    I can’t see them doin either of these that’s why I was hoping you had a link or somthing explaining the procedure…
    I may just be over thinking this and totally missing something. Thanks though

  37. Terry says

    So after VA bob’s comments now I am really confused. Does anyone know for a fact if customers in the later ordering process get the returns/rejects?

  38. Pittsburgh P says

    Terry… Yep that definetly occurs. I was only trying to find out if more have been or will be made for ones found to be total rejects and melted. Imo most will be reshipped. Many people purchase extra and send back what is not a 70 in their mind. again only imo…

  39. Jeff says

    No one here really knows I might add that the mint has nothing to do with returns its the shipper so they probably just replace reject into new orders. So unless they have a new shipment reject are probably included however the order process goes..

  40. fmtransmitter says

    I would place a call to the Mint PR Director and ask him. He called me back once, no problem.
    Contact Us
    For more information, contact:
    Michael White
    Office of Public Affairs
    (202) 354-7222

  41. Pittsburgh P says

    @VA Bob… Just read your 2nd post. If they cancel confirmed orders that would answer my question that they dont produce more and after reaching the end of the production run it’s done. Thats what I thought. I was just confused by your first post…

    They make extras for returns. They are destroyed on a one for one after all ship to match max mintage allowed. It’s all figured into the cost, they expect some bad ones.

    I must have just misunderstood… Thanks for the feedback VAB

  42. fmtransmitter says

    I disagree with Jeff. I believe the Mint has something to do with returns and they are sent to a person in charge of quality control and inspected by a Mint employee before being deemed melted.

  43. fmtransmitter says

    It was based on this post Jeff, maybe different Jeff..
    Jeff says
    APRIL 21, 2014 AT 8:52 PM

    SILVERS SOLD OUT NO MORE TO BUY

  44. Jeff says

    You all are dreaming. The returns go right back in when has the mint ever invoked quality control wake up dude.

  45. Pittsburgh P says

    FMT… I spoke with Mr. White about a different situation which he was able to clear up. With this it’s only somthing that interests me and I don’t feel it warrants a call. Thanks for the suggestion though…

  46. fmtransmitter says

    Looks like the Arches quarter release in Moab on June 6 will be fun. Anyone going?

  47. MarkInFlorida says

    OT- Has anyone ordered/gotten the new gold Eagles? I ordered the day before the price rise, using my wife’s name and a different credit card because I had a few HOF orders pending and didn’t want the CC company to get nervous about so many big charges the same week. The eagle charge hit the card as a pending transaction immediately, then disappeared a few days later, and ever since the order is marked in stock but HELD. What does that mean?

  48. fmtransmitter says

    I agree most go back out Jeff, especially sold out items but I believe it has to do with your answer for the reason for the return…

  49. fmtransmitter says

    @MarkInFlorida: We covered this not long ago. It is standard practice. It will be removed in a day or two. If not call them…

  50. matt says

    Time, date, location?
    I went to Chaco release. Someone once called it a toilet bowel coin. I still hate that…

    fmtransmitter says

    April 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Looks like the Arches quarter release in Moab on June 6 will be fun. Anyone going?

  51. John says

    @silverfan sounds odd we heard exact opposites. Tells me they’re blowing smoke. If either of our cs reps were right (my call was 2days ago) it would mean the mint pre determined the mintage of each gold piece. That’s against what’s been posted.

    I called bc I have a gold proof ordered at 830p and an uncirc at 915. I was told my proof order was right on the waitlist cutoff line but unc well before. Sounds more like “I’m making this up as I go”.

  52. fmtransmitter says

    Like if Dealer A order 100, got back 50 in 69 and 70 and sent back 50 for a refund, which I doubt for the HOF, I am sure they will go out to the next in line to receive their order..

  53. Pittsburgh P says

    Jeff, I did say almost ALL returns get sent back out I just like to have somthing solid backing my statements up… If you have a link or somthing that verifies.

    Jeff says
    APRIL 21, 2014 AT 10:21 PM

    You all are dreaming. The returns go right back in when has the mint ever invoked quality control wake up dude.

    Please let me know…
    Imo the Mint does have some quality control measure and although they do contract out their customer service and shipping it doesn’t mean they are totally hands off… But if you have somthing showing me that is not the case I will be happy to say I am wrong

  54. Jeff says

    I don’t have concrete info however the coins don’t go back to the mint they go back to processing center now where do you think in this process someone physically checks returns they done these are just low skilled workers doing what there told pack coin in box place label on box ship where do you guys think the mint checks these coins…

  55. Pittsburgh P says

    I know the returns go back to the processing center but after that neither of us really knows what happens. Maybe they ship them to a different location to be checked or have an inspector onsite. Its possible you are right and no one looks at them and they’re sent right back out. All I am saying is imo there has to be some quality control during the production run AND for returns. Its your opinion that the mint has no quality control measures in place at all by your comments. We can just leave it at that…
    This has gotten way off topic from my original comment/question….

  56. Louis says

    Not sure where a lot of you guys get your info., but it is my understanding that the only unsold coins would be melted, or ones with really serious defects.

  57. fmtransmitter says

    Well we haven’t seen this sort of frenzy for a coin in 13 years, you would think these coins are made out of gold or something…ooops..Louis, may be worth checking into to get some concrete answers as to what exactly IS the policy about returned coins for defects on a hot sold out IN DEMAND coin with thousands on a wait list waiting to see if they even get one…

  58. HIdalgo says

    @fmtransmitter –

    Your comment about “this sort of frenzy for a coin in 13 years….” Actually, we’ve seen the same (or at least a similar) type of frenzy in recent years. Think about the 2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles set , the 2010 Hot Springs 5 ounce P silver coins, and the 2011 – 25th Anniversary American Eagle Set. All of these coins/coin sets sold out in hours.

    All three of these products escalated in price on the secondary market. However, when the frenzy died down, prices fell as well. None of them are selling at the same levels as when they first hit the secondary market. (Two of three are still selling above their retail prices. The 2010 Hot Springs 5 ounce P coin is selling at less than its retail value. Ouch!).

    So it makes you wonder how well the gold and silver Baseball Hall of Fame coins will do when the buying frenzy for these coins die down. Will they retain their values? Will values go up? Will they go down? It’s too early to tell at this time…..

    Your post about the Jackie Robinson gold proof coin set. I am uncertain why you highlighted this auction. The set is more costly than other similar sets. In fact, the Buy it Now price of $695 is considerably higher than some previously sold set, which were purchased in the $500 range.

  59. thePhelps says

    Off topic (rant) – but on the topic of quality control. It appears many of you have never worked in a large production facility. Quality inspections in large facilities are done by pulling product from production at intervals and checking for defects. If a defect threshold is met production is stopped and the product is then inspected closer and cleared of defective product and the cause of the defect is resolved. Defects do get by with this type of process, but the numbers are a lot smaller than you would think.

    I constantly read speculation here that defective returns are repacked and shipped again. I call BS on that. While it is possible coins do get repackaged – it is highly likely given the high quality the mint strives for – they are inspected by a mint quality control employee before that ever happens. It is also likely they return obvious defects to be destroyed – not repacked and sold. The number of returned coins is relatively small compared to the production numbers the mint deals with – and this scenario doesn’t need to involve a large number of employees like they would need to inspect every coin during production before it is shipped.

    Some of you seem to think you are dealing with a Chinese toy factory – not a mint that has been highly regarded for quality for years. Do defective coins happen – yes – do the get shipped yes – do they get returned – often. Do they then get re-shipped again … highly doubtful.

    The mint publishes yearly annual reports that track defects by % of production. Those numbers are always quite low and they state they are always trying to lower them, and that is not by ignoring them.

    You’ve all had to have seen the various videos of the production facilities of the mint. These are very clean – almost sterile environments. They are attempting to produce high quality product and gain sales. To lose that quality in the shipping department through defective returns would be ridiculous.

    I really wish Michael would do a story on how the mint processes returns someday.

  60. NATATACK says

    I think the future appreciation of this set depends on various factors. If the baseball memorabilia fan base will embrace this set of coins or not. I have asked a few baseball fanatics about this coin and they have not heard about it, and the baseball collector forums I have looked in on don’t have mention of it. There are a lot of things baseball fans will collect but at $800+ for a gold coin, I doubt it, $80-100 for a silver coin maybe. I think the 2001 buffalo dollar prices are held up by a strong demand from the numismatic community, I think the gold BHOF will also, due to the low numbers. I am not sure about the silver versions, but there is always the possibility that the worldwide baseball/numismatic fans may pick up on this unique offering. The 2009 UHR gold Saint has maintained a fair premium even with a 100,000+ mintage, due to demand from here and overseas. Lets keep our fingers crossed that we invested in the right coins to pass onto our kids.

  61. Pittsburgh P says

    @thePhelps… Thank you for you OT(rant) you were able to state points in a much more eloquent manner than I was.

    @NATATACK… Yes, we all hope the coins we choose to collect will appreciate in value. I have however only purchased coins that have a numismatic value that I like/love the subject matter or the beauty of the coin itself. That way I never really lose… If I get lucky so be it but I choose to speculate in bullion instead. I do beleive the BHoF coins will do well but only time will tell how well.

  62. says

    Next Monday 04/28 at 5:00PM EDT the price of the clads goes up $4/coin. My guess is that once that happens the Mint will shortly thereafter lift the household limits. I would think Major League Baseball would step in and have some promotions at their ballparks so they can receive their $5 share from each clad coin. I was told that the Mint has yet to raise the household limits until after the price increase. After all the criticizm of the HH limits on the Golds the Mint wants to make sure the general public is able to get their 200 (100 each) coins. The Atlanta Braves have Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox going into the HOF. I could see thousands of fans flocking to Turner Field if they had a special signing promotion. Unlike the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Rights, US Mint, etc…..Major League Baseball knows how to promote a product.

  63. stephen m says

    You can bet that the mint has a policy and procedure for returned coins. I also would welcome a story explaining the process. It would be very interesting for us but not so sure the mint would be thrilled to release this information.

  64. VaBeachSteve says

    @ Mark in Fl
    I ordered my Gold Eagles the first day and my credit card was pinged right away. It was nearly a week and a half later before the order was actually shipped out and the charge was completed.

  65. Darek says

    All gold BHOF coins are backordered to June. My second order for gold coins was placed at 1:13 PM and CS representative told me I will get my proof coins early in June and uncirculated after June 21.

  66. Pittsburgh P says

    @ Derrick… I was calling about my ASE sub. & figured I might as well get an update on me BHoF orders right? The CSR I just spoke with told me something different. She said my on my 1:27 PM order the proofs will ship out by the end of the month but was the same you were told about the unc… June 21. That’s what has been listed as my ship by date all along though. We will just have to wait and see, imo I think they will ship out sooner than June but you never know.

  67. ClevelandRocks says

    BHOF Clads will be available for $5-$10 in a year or so. 3/4 Million available.
    Junk circus coinage…

  68. thePhelps says

    Cleveland… your opinion is appreciated. That said – I have a proof clad half in hand – and it is one of the nicest clad coins I’ve seen in a long long time. I am not a clad coin fan at all – but these are outstanding.

    Every circus needs a clown apparently.

  69. Pittsburgh P says

    @Cleveland why do you even post anything? This blog is for opinions and I even appreciate yours… If you are not just saying things to hear, in this case see, yourself and have zero substance to add. Even you know these coins will not be selling for that price no matter how much you dislike them, even the clad imo. If you really beleive this why did you purchase 5 silver only to lose so much on them, or did you cancel your order?

  70. VABEACHBUM says

    @ thePhelps – Well said on the OT. Prior to my current employ, I spent 5 years in a high tech manufacturing environment that was driven by ISO 9001 (Int’l Quality Standards) and statistical process control. Even with those levels of controls, we still had to deal with process upsets and miscellaneous manufacturing defects. Every manufacturer, to include the Mint, does.

    I just do not visualize every one of the Mint’s equipment operators as having the capacity, capability or advanced numismatic training necessary to conduct 100% inspections of all numismatic products, but especially to the level of that one OCD collector pursuing the smallest defects with a 10x loop and a limitless amount of time. If they did, the Mint’s labor burden and our subsequent product costs would sky-rocket. Is there some room for improvement? Sure, as there is with every manufacturer. But, the Mint certainly has made great strides towards improving product through-put AND quality during these past 10 years. I know my product returns have dropped off dramatically in the past 6-7 years; none in the past 3 years

    I don’t live and die by grading, but WRT the BHOF $1 coins that are being submitted to NGC and PGCS, I’d be curious to know what the distribution is for 69 & 70 combined as compared to 68 & below / rejected. If the 68 & below is < 1% of the aggregate, and in a very subjective industry, then the Mint just might be meeting product quality expectations. At those levels, it is quite possible that the write-off loss of that 1% will still be more profitable than the additional capital investments necessary to make that 1% saleable.

  71. Dave says

    Stephen M
    Although the mint may not be thrilled to share information on a topic, you and I and every American citizen are owners of this “company”. As a governmental agency, any requested information SHOULD be readily made available (I am assuming national security is not an issue, at least on their return process.). So Michael should be able to easily get the info. He monitors the blog diligently, so if we give him some time, I am sure he will do an article or post on the return procedures.
    I, too, wonder how it is done because as I have stated here before, many of the coins I have ordered have been unacceptably minted and/or handled. Last year’s WP ASE set was the exception- All were beautiful.
    We do have to give the mint credit where credit is due, however. The fact that all shipping charges can be refunded is more than generous, and they have NEVER questioned the damage I described on the returns. Few retailers are as generous and understanding of customer expectations!

  72. VABEACHBUM says

    In advance of Michael’s Sales Report, looks like the Smoky Mtn ATB only moved up by 1400 pieces after 21.4K the first week. Approx 2100 pieces left. Definitely gonna sell out. Guesses as to when??

    I took delivery of mine through the subscription, and definitely glad I did. Looking forward to the rest of the 2014 releases!!

  73. thePhelps says

    Off off way off topic… I got my HR Bald Eagle coin today. I am impressed with the quality! The Perth mint does seem to have these down to a science! Mine is numbered 4985 out of the 5000 minted. Even the old lady – looks pretty stellar in HR.

  74. Sith says

    The interesting thing about the 5oz is just as I thought it looks like the mint ran out of blanks.

  75. VABEACHBUM says

    @ thePhelps – my HR Eagle is enroute; should receive by Friday. Agreed, though. Perth has been doing that HR striking process very well for several years now.

    @ Sith – Curious as to how you came to that conclusion?? Recognizing that the Shenandoah BU and UNC pucks will become available in the next 3 weeks (05/15 for UNC), I think the Mint has been striking some of those inventories rather than waiting to manage the Smoky demand. They always can retool for additional strikes of authorized thresholds after the fact but, given the renewed interest in these coins, they definitely need to keep up with the release schedule. I’m hoping they do, at least.

  76. fmtransmitter says

    Does anyone have updated information an a possible link to the Kennedy set? I also noticed the 14 LESPS was scheduled for May and has since moved to be determined…??

  77. says

    I just received the grades of my 3 gold HOF coins from NGC (including the one I thought might be an error coin)…I used the “express tier….2 day turnaround.

    001 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 MS 70
    002 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    003 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO

    And here are the results of my earier submission of on gold and one silver (proofs)

    001 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    002 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO

  78. GoldFishin says

    @Steve- WOW! Excellent…Congrats! Let us know about the PCGS submissions when you hear something. Thanks.

  79. Jon in CT says

    VABEACHBUM wrote on APRIL 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM:
    In advance of Michael’s Sales Report, looks like the Smoky Mtn ATB only moved up by 1400 pieces after 21.4K the first week.

    Given that the Mint’s contractor was conducting its quarterly inventory count last week, I would not attach very much importance to any numismatic sales numbers last week which appear unusually low.

  80. Ray says

    @Steve and @Matt, thx for posting the results of your submissions to NGC. Anyone else who has submitted, please share with us your results as you receive them.

    For the people who are currently receiving or receiving shipping notifications for their gold proof BHoF coins, what time did you place your orders? I’m curious to see where they are on shipping.

  81. says

    VABB,

    Sales report is now out, and 22.8K of the GSM AtB have been sold. I’m going to tentatively guess the mint produced the maximum mintage this time given the apparent enthusiasm for the subscription discount and the results of the Mt. Rushmore sale last year. I’m betting we get a sellout at 25K in one and a half to three weeks unless sales really fall off a cliff.

    Also of interest is sales of the BHoF half dollar are nearing 200K. Seems like the sellout of the silvers have given a modest boost to this one. I still don’t think they will sell out, but the halves should do respectably, certainly better than any other clad commemorative half in years.

  82. Jon in CT says

    cagcrisp wrote on APRIL 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM:
    @Jon in CT, Sales numbers are derived when sales are made not when they are shipped.

    You shouldn’t confuse sales with orders. Sales are recognized when payment is received, which usually occurs as part of the actual shipping process.

  83. fmtransmitter says

    It pays to use that EXPRESS route…And it doesn’t pay when you use the 5 free submissions…Just an FYI. You pay you get, you don’t pay you don’t get…lol
    Question? I have a silver acid test kit. The bottle contains acid but says it is for silver. I have other acid for gold. Either way, if I used the silver acid for gold and the gold evaporates is it a good sign it isn’t gold or do I need to buy GOLD acid test?

  84. fmtransmitter says

    * correction, I don’t have other acid for gold but they sell it. My acid says for silver only…

  85. says

    @Jon in CT, ONCE again you are wrong. There are 50k Gold HOF coins sold and we are NOT even close to shipping all those Gold coins out. There are 400k of Silver HOF coins SOLD and we are NOT even close to shipping all those Silver coins out.

  86. Louis says

    Just got my grades from NGC. They were very fast as they only got my order a week ago. Got 5 70’s out of 8 coins. All my dollars were 70’s, the proof clad half, and the proof gold. Unc gold and half were 69’s. Not bad and enough to justify the expense. I can buy a graded 70 half and then I would have a matched set of 70’s except for the unc gold. Have another coming later so maybe quality will be better and I will have a full set. I will send more dollars in later after they ship my orders as quality seems to be best with those.

  87. VABEACHBUM says

    @ C.O. – we’ve come to the same conclusion about the SMN ATB. If the Mint saw an overwhelming interest through the subscription program, I have no doubt that they struck the entire authorized mintage of 25K coins. And, given that they have two new releases for BU and UNC version over the next two months, I can’t see them going back in late June or July to re-tool for 2000 more SMN coins.

    I also noticed the swing in the BHOF Clad. Those of us who following the sales had agreed in previous posts that this would be the trend. I think sales will taper after the cost increase at the end of the month, but I still can see them squeezing 400 – 450K before the end of the year. As some have mentioned, I would love to see MLB swoop in for several thousand for sales at the ball parks. If people are willing to pay $8 for a Dog and $10 for a beer, then what’s $25 or more for a commemorative half dollar!!

  88. VABEACHBUM says

    Congrats, Louis. Sounds like a great return on your investment. Did you happen to see the close on that recent Ebay listing for the PCGS 6-coin “Opening Day” Set in PR / MS 70?? $7,900.00!!! I really hope the winner likes those coins, ’cause I don’t see a return on that investment in his future.

  89. says

    @VABEACHBUM, I don’t think the price increase for the clads will bother MLB much. They already now IF they can market the product or not. They will just pass the cost on IF that is what they decide to do. I think it is a Win Win Win Win for everyone if MLB steps in. The HOF gets $5/coin, the ballparks get additional foot traffic, fans get to purchase a HOF coin, and the Mint sells coins. Win Win Win Win

  90. Jon in CT says

    cagcrisp wrote on APRIL 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM:
    @Jon in CT, ONCE again you are wrong. There are 50k Gold HOF coins sold and we are NOT even close to shipping all those Gold coins out. There are 400k of Silver HOF coins SOLD and we are NOT even close to shipping all those Silver coins out.

    Unlike cagrisp, I do not have access to detailed U.S. Mint shipment numbers. However, I do have access the the U.S. Mint’s FY2013 Annual Report at https://www.usmint.gov/downloads/about/annual_report/2013AnnualReport.pdf. The following definition is found on page 34:

    Numismatic Sales: Revenue from numismatic sales to the public is recognized when products are
    shipped to customers.

  91. Louis says

    Thanks, VAB. I would be a slightly happier camper if I had a 70 unc gold esp. as that is the series key, but as I mentioned I have another shot at it later even if it is too late for ER. Either way they will look nice in a six-coin case. For the clad half I will just wait a bit and the price should be under $100, or send the next one coming in, but it’s very tough to get a clad half that nice, so probably better to buy graded.

    Have you received any coins yet? Any plans to send any in?

  92. Jim_D says

    @Jon
    The mint does not get REVENUE until they ship the coin, which is when they ding your credit card.

  93. says

    @Jon in CT, You are talking two COMPLETELY different things between SALES numbers and REVENUE dollars. OF COURSE revenue can not be recorded until the $$ are received. That is and has not been the question that started this. Sales for the Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set started on December 17th 2013 and yet shipments did not start until just recently. Weekly SALES numbers have been shown since December and yet REVENUE was not recorded until $$ were received. SALES numbers for the Gold HOF coins are listed on the Mints website and yet the $$ have NOT been received. SALES numbers and REVENUE dollars are COMPLETELY different things…

  94. fmtransmitter says

    Well I got a gold acid kit coming. Thanks anyways. I have a 1808 British coin that looks to be gold glued to the top of an old copper box. If that coin is gold its coming off someway somehow!!

  95. coolbowser says

    I submitted 13 coins to NGC. 4 proof dollar, 1 unc dollar, and 8 $5 gold unc. I was able to score 12 out 13 70’s. Of course I looked at my coins under magnification before I sent them in. The only 69 I received was for one of the proof dollars. I got my order in at 12:04 on day one so I believe I had some of the early strikes. Awesome! I’m still looking to trade someone for a proof $5 gold in early release PF70 for one of my early release MS70 gold’s. Anyone interested in a trade?

  96. GoldFishin says

    Just received my silver HOF proofs order time 1:01 pm EST 3-27. Funny thing, they shipped it FED-EX smartpost with no DATE on the package and no signature required, just like they shipped my free bags. USPS was the last delivery leg as they deliver some packages for FED- EX and UPS now. Forget leaving this one sealed for posterity or FS later.

  97. VABEACHBUM says

    @ coolbowser – out of curiosity, what was the total number of coins you pre-screened in order to identify the 13 that were submitted? Of the coins you did not submit, was their quality so very obviously different from the 13 that made the cut?

  98. coolbowser says

    Sorry for some reason my post didn’t post all the way. I was saying that out of those 42, 20 maybe would of been 70’s based on my observations. But I narrowed it down to the 8 golds that I submitted that I had pretty much a 99% confidence they would be 70’s. Of the remaining ones, there was an obvious flaw on the reverse of the gold above the glove that you could really only see with magnification in the exact same spot on each coin. I submitted 4 silver dollar proof and 3 out 4 were 70’s and those were the only silver proof’s I received in this shipment. I had 2 silver unc and one had an obvious flaw and the other didn’t.

  99. Pittsburgh P says

    @goldfishin… I am assuming that your 1:01 pm on 3/27 order was under $300 and did not include gold. If I’m correct then that is the mints normal shipping procedures. They always use FedEx SmartPost and you never have to sign unless you spring for expedited shipping…

  100. Leo S says

    Delivery Date Confusion – I reported earlier that I called the Mint last week regarding the orders with a delivery date of 4/16/14 and was told that they would ship this week. I called again and now have been told that the 4/16/14 dated orders will ship on 6/21/14, two months from now. If you try to get a clarification regarding this conflicting information you are told that there is no one at the fulfillment center can give you that information. You are also told that there is no phone number that they can give you to find out when your order will be shipped and they don’t know when more coins will be shipped from the Mint to the center to ship. You are also told that they cannot give you the phone number because if they had one they would be inundated with calls and they can’t answer that many. I like the Mint products but their customer information policy is extremely frustrating. Maybe if we all call the Mint they will get their act together.

    Just a thought.

  101. Mark Rex says

    Can those FrdEx SmartPost packages be kept sealed and sent in later for FS to PCGS? As they don’t have a date on the label but do have a ship date on the invoice inside?

  102. Louis says

    Gotta give NGC credit for quick turnaround even while they are inundated with orders. My coins just shipped.

  103. Don says

    coolbowser,
    With all that inventory you now have on hand, I guess you’ll be opening up a coin shop if you don’t have one already. Good luck in your endeavor.

  104. Don says

    Louis,
    The quick turnaround from NGC can probably be attributed to the very little time that they devote to examining each coin. As they say, it’s like a factory–they pump out product.

  105. Don says

    coolbowser,

    Did the majority come up heads or tails when you flipped them? ( I couldn’t resist slipping in that one).

  106. Pittsburgh P says

    @Mark rex… I am pretty sure the date must be on a sealed package with no sign of tampering. Somebody could send in any box with an old invoice.I am not sure about PCGS though since I mainly deal with NGC so you may want to call them for a more definite answer.

  107. fmtransmitter says

    I can see it now, lots of 70’s on those HOF people, we are raking in the new collectors and word will spread!…

  108. Pittsburgh P says

    Leo S says

    April 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm
    (excerpt)
    You are also told that there is no phone number that they can give you to find out when your order will be shipped and they don’t know when more coins will be shipped from the Mint to the center to ship. You are also told that they cannot give you the phone number because if they had one they would be inundated with calls and they can’t answer that many. I like the Mint products but their customer information policy is extremely frustrating. Maybe if we all call the Mint they will get their act together.

    Just a thought.

    Give US Mint Media Relations a call Leo S…
    202-354-7222

  109. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – I placed my initial orders at 1534 on 03/27. To date, I have taken delivery of my PR & UNC Clad halves. Both coins were the very highest quality, commemorative haves I have received from the mint in quite some time. My PR S$1 is scheduled to arrive on Friday, while my UNC S$1 remains back-ordered to 04/16. Yes, and no changes in over weeks. My PR and UNC $5 still are back-ordered to 06/21. That date has remained unchanged since 04/04. As for grading – just no desire. I’m quite content to have these coins in my collection in OGP.

    @ Coolbowser- Thanks for your response to my question. I was interested in the success of your sample as compared to your total population. More than anything else, looks like you have a pretty good eye for selecting submission candidates.

  110. Louis says

    Thanks, VAB. My orders for extra $1 coins almost all seem to be slated to ship in June (though one still says 4/16?). I think there is a good window now for those who want to sell as inventories will remain small until all those coins ship later. When MCM got some coins, they went very fast.

  111. Ray says

    Got both of my hof silver dollars today. Nice coin. Gonna look at them under good light a loup

  112. MK says

    For NGC submissions, just the capsules, or should they be sent in with all their OGP? Yes, I’ve read the submission instructions, I’m just trying to figure out what’s the best or preferred method.

  113. GoldFishin says

    @Pitt P- Yes my Silver HOF coins that came today were under $300. I ordered them a couple minutes after I ordered my Gold at 12:58 EST 3-27. I received my gold proof early but still waiting on the unc.
    Side Note: After all the wonderful reports of 70’s from NGC I broke the seals of my two packages, one from the Denver Mint and the other from US Mint. I examined these coins upside and down first by sight under good jewelers light, then 5x and finally 10x loupe. I am a very discriminating with my evaluation. Out of 14 silver coins, 7 Pf and 7 Unc. I found two certain 70’s, Four I would think may grade 70, but probably more likely 2 of those 4. One had a touch of embedded die grease or something like that, otherwise perfect. I had two that were very strong 69’s with only 1 minor tick(silver flake) on each of them. The other four were very weak 69’s. I kicked them out immediately only by sight. There were bad rub marks on the Obverse stitches on those. I haven’t broke open my Proof Gold Yet, hoping to get my Unc. and send everything at once.
    In Summary out of 10 coins that I will send to NGC. I expect 3 to 4 70’s and maybe 6 or 7 69’s. If it turns out better than that, I will be pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t really happy with what I found, but I am very picky and have been told by a PCGS grader once that there is no such thing as a perfect coin, just a coin that will grade 70, if that makes sense.
    I have 4 more silver sets, I ordered much later, that I will keep in OGP whenever they get here in Dec. or whatever. 🙂

  114. GoldFishin says

    @MK – just the capsules, remember the extra weight may cost you extra shipping costs depending on how you ship.

  115. MK says

    Thanks Gf..and thanks for sharing what you opened. I would be a little disappointed as well but, maybe it will turn out better than you think. My first silvers from Denver and other US mint order are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. The only coin I received so far was a half clad proof that looked like it had been chewed on by my dog. Rather than send it back, I decided I would regift it to a family member with poor eyesight.

  116. Pittsburgh P says

    @Goldfishin… That’s not terrible and thx for the info. Would you say that you got more 70s(or better quality overall I guess) from the US mint or their gift shop in Denver? IDK If its possible that the ones at the gift shop may be a little better since usually people can see them right at the point of purchase(unless they are shipped like we had done)… Just wondering if you saw any difference. Also, when is your est. ship by date for the unc. gold(not that it really matters right?) cause your order time is similar to mine. Thanks again…

  117. GoldFishin says

    Pitt P- the four worst ones and the two best ones were from the Denver Mint. The ones from the US Mint were very strong 69’s, borderline 70. I am confident that these were not returns though from the Denver Mint. I practically had to pry the capsules out of the packaging with a crowbar. I think I may have just been unlucky with the four bad ones, they all had serious rub marks right in the center of the obverse stitches. The reverses on them were perfect. Like MK, I will gift them to my near sighted relatives. LOL

  118. GoldFishin says

    Pitt P…on the unc. gold my ship date moved from 4-3 to 6-1 about two weeks ago and has been dead in the water since.

  119. Louis says

    @GF- The grader is right. There is no such thing as a perfect coin. With enough magnification every coin has flaws. But a 70 is a coin that does not have any at the level of magnification used by the graders.

  120. Jeff says

    When shipping the HOF in the capsules, their instructions says to label each coin with invoice number and line number.

    Is this necessary if you have 4 different HOF coins on one invoice?

  121. Pittsburgh P says

    Goldfishin… Thanks. Yeah, I’m hoping to get lucky through the Denver Mint. And same with my unc. but it went to 6/21 and like you I was lucky to get my first order of proofs but on my second one its still at 4/16… Oh well and thanks again!

  122. Mmm says

    My UNC gold was moved back to July 17th. I’m still hoping I’ll get it against all odds.

    Order number: 429696xxx

    Order Date: 03/28/2014 at 08:21 AM

    2014 BASEBALL HOF GOLD UNC 1 $419.75 $419.75 1 unit backordered. Expected to ship on 07/17/2014.

  123. GoldFishin says

    @Steve or anyone else- Is the Edgeview Holder the default holder under the Early Bird Tier for the HOF coins at NGC or do you have to pay the $5 Scratch Resistant holder fee per coin to get the Edgeview holder? Thanks

  124. Howard says

    The LESPS were negative probably due to very poor coin & packaging condition.
    At least that was my experience with 2013’s.

  125. fmtransmitter says

    GoldFishin says
    APRIL 22, 2014 AT 10:45 PM

    @Steve or anyone else- Is the Edgeview Holder the default holder under the Early Bird Tier for the HOF coins at NGC or do you have to pay the $5 Scratch Resistant holder fee per coin to get the Edgeview holder? Thanks

    pay the $5 and write edgeview on form to make sure its worth it

  126. GoldFishin says

    Thanks FMT! How is the back holding up? Like a curved baseball coin? Just to stay on topic. Hope you are doing well!

  127. charles says

    The edgeview holders are being used for ALL HoF coins. You could pay $14 for regular modern (with the brown label) and still get the edgeview.

  128. GoldFishin says

    Thank you Charles! I haven’t submitted coins to NGC in about two years. I couldn’t find it on the website anywhere. Also on the Opening Day Release coins, they are not in edgeview holders and I don’t like the look at all! I wanted to make sure I didn’t get those holders. Once upon a time you paid extra for the Edgeview, now I guess you pay the $5 extra for the Scratch Resistant Edgeview. Thanks.

  129. Eddie says

    I am suppose to get all of my silver coins today amd I am hoping for the best. I got my UNC halves the proof half was great but I can’t say that about the UNC half. If sent to be graded it wouldn’t get a 70 or 69 I don’t even know what grade they would give it. There are no marks or scratches it’s lust the finish of it.So I guess I will order another one and hope.
    When I get the gold ones I am for some very good good coins.

    @ NGC should have did the rest of your order for free. Since they really blow it.

  130. fmtransmitter says

    @GoldFishin : NGC changed to the edgeview after everyone complained for the HOF coins…

  131. JagFan says

    Quick Update – for those of you interested in the First Strike / Early Release 70’s High Relief Bald Eagle, Silvertowne just got a few more in from the last of their OGPs that they submitted…

    These were previously sold out… This will probably be your last chance if you want one..

    It is a beautiful coin with a (Mint News Blog Favorite) low Pop.

    Get’em while you can.

    Also, I saw last night on Silver Towne’s tv show (The Coin Vault) they were selling the 2013 LESPS for $199 in OGP and they blew thru their alotment. I don’t know who is crazier, those that buy from the TV shows or those who give their money away to Govmint! LOL

    Have a great day and hopefully somebody on this blog will end up with a Baseball HOF Coin that ends up being a rarity! Good Luck All!

    Happy Collecting… or Flipping!

  132. Natatack says

    I may go for the cheaper NGC brown labels for $14 as a lot of my coins will be missing the ER deadline.

  133. Dave says

    Just sold on the Bay
    PF70 UC NGC ER $1. $105
    Still bidding. OGP PF $1. $89

    Don’t think the non- Baltimore graded are going to be worth the fee in the short or long run.
    Just too many 70s around in the dollar
    On the other hand, the 70 half in ER seems to be getting a strong bid.

  134. Dave says

    Correction to 12:07 post regarding HOF NGC PF70 UC. Final price was $122.50.
    The last second bid did not show at auction end, but a review of bidding indicated the higher sale price.
    It does not alter my belief that grading at 70 will garner sufficient premium over OGP. Besides , 70 is surely not guaranteed!

  135. Pittsburgh P says

    I just received my grades from NGC for my first order. I basically just shipped them the whole order minus a clad half dollar proof because I wasn’t sure if it would grade 70 and I assumed I’d have my 2nd order already since I like to have these in OGP to look at… I guess you know what they say about assuming! I only ordered 2 complete sets and a few extra of each silver and clad. At first I only order a few BHoF coins including one gold proof but my plan turned into having one set in OGP and one set in NGC ER 70 and have the extra graded and possibly sell them… Since I waited my first mistake was only ordering one unc. gold in time. I am on the wait list but am 99.9% sure I will not receive them so I had to trade for one with a flipper in my area. Am not to happy about it but oh well… Also, the unc. gold I will get is in my 2nd order instead of the one I’ve gotten to split costs so who knows when I’ll see it. Sorry about the life story, I’ll move on to the info…

    I did get the rest of my coins(except the unc. gold) from the mint today also and I must say they look stellar as well. IDK if I’m just getting lucky but I have not had to even think about sending any back. Here are the results from NGC:

    001 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    002 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
    003 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 MS 70
    004 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 MS 70
    005 2014 D BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES 50C MS 70
    006 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO

    Sorry about the spacing and text… It’s how my phone copied and pasted.

    Again, I did not cherry pick these. This was my entire order minus one half dollar proof. I feel very fortunate but honestly felt they were all worthy of 70s. I was close I guess.

  136. Clark says

    My NGC grade results. I ordered 5 (first of many orders) and immediately sent them to NGC without any prescreening. I am pleased. Good luck to all of you too!

    001 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    002 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    003 2014 W BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES $5 MS 70
    004 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
    005 2014 P BASEBALL HALL OF FAME EARLY RELEASES S$1 MS 69

  137. ABC says

    This is off-topic,
    Any of you know whether we as collectors can make suggestions to the mint regarding which commemoratives should be made in the future? Or is this ability limited to the congress?

  138. Eddie says

    Just got both of the Silver HoF.coins. They both look great. The only coin I got was the unc.clad half. There are no scratches but has a kinda ruff surface.

  139. Pittsburgh P says

    To each his own Wes. I agree, Your coins belong where you feel they’re best served.

    Thanks for the input, enjoy the coins and Happy Collecting

  140. Pittsburgh P says

    @abc congress doesn’t make the suggestions only votes on/approves them and set/approves the numbers I beleive. I’m not sure if a citizen can make a suggestion to the mint but you can always try I guess. You could email them and I m sure they’d at the least reply.

  141. MK says

    @Wes I felt as you do however, I have since changed my mind to some degree and I have decided to send in a few for grading for the fun of it. I’ll compare my mediocre grading skills against NGC. Lol. Pitt & Clark terrific grades especially on the $5 proofs, congrats…

  142. MK says

    Pitt how did your Denver order come in? FedEx itself or Fedex via the post office? I didn’t get a tracking number, and I really don’t want to bother the poor lady at the Denver mint unless I have to. She was quite frazzled on the day I placed my order.

  143. MK says

    My proof $5 just went from 06/21, where it’s held steady for weeks now, to 07/07…thanks US Mint..

  144. GoldFishin says

    my unc. gold just changed again from 6-1 to 6-21. order time 12:58 EST 3-27…thanks US Mint!

  145. fmtransmitter says

    Subjective as it may be, I truly feel the US Mint went above and beyond to produce a stellar product. They were helped by other World Mints on this offering who were brought to “help”. Great job.

  146. fmtransmitter says

    Is is interesting to watch that video shot in 2001 called Secrets of the US Mint. At the end it shows Salzburg sitting around a table with a few other guys passing around a classic gold with bare hands and debating on either a 64 or 65 grade. My my how times have changed. They showed their old building in NJ. Have you seen the new state of the art building in Sarasota? I wish they would go public so I could buy some stock!

  147. GoldFishin says

    Just cracked open my sealed HOF $5 gold proof package. Tired of waiting on the Unc. gold. I am going to send this proof with my 10 silvers to NGC. Great news is that it is absolutely perfect! I expect nothing less than a 70 for it. I am hoping for similar results as others have had, but I am remaining cautiously optimistic. Great news Pitt and Clark!!

  148. Pittsburgh P says

    @MK it came FedEx Express saver. So it comes directly from FedEx. Yea, she definitely did seem frustrated from all the orders. She was nice enough to call me with the tracking number upon my request. she was still sending orders out from last Tuesday this week… If you haven’t received yours yet I’m guessing you’ll get it tomorrow or Friday.

  149. Pittsburgh P says

    @MK & anyone interested… I’ve found if you download UPS and FedEx apps on your phone and sign in with your information you no longer need to get tracking numbers from people and companies prior. Everytime a package is sent to my name or address it automatically pops up on my app and lets me know the tracking info. It’s free too, you can upgrade to a paid service but I don’t. Its been pretty helpful especially lately.

  150. MK says

    Pitt-Thanks for the info..I just downloaded the app to give it a try. Gf-you broke down and opened! I’m surprised you held out as long as you did.. lol At least you got a good looking coin even if your unc is backordered ’till Christmas..

  151. VA Rich says

    PP – that’s great to know, thanks for sharing! Will make arrangements for deliveries much easier now..

  152. Jon in CT says

    PCGS grading:
    2014-W $5 Baseball Hall of Fame MS69 MS70
    • 525857 First Strike 84 128
    • 525862 First Strike - Cassie McFarland 10 0
    • 526710 First Pitch (Baltimore) 20 66
    • 527080 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 2 12

    2014-W $5 Baseball Hall of Fame PR69 PR70
    • 525860 First Strike 67 199
    • 525865 First Strike - Cassie McFarland 3 7
    • 526716 First Pitch (Baltimore) 15 69
    • 527084 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 4 9

    2014-P $1 Baseball Hall of Fame MS69 MS70
    • 525649 First Strike 191 177
    • 525651 First Strike - Cassie McFarland 123 175
    • 526719 First Pitch (Baltimore) 162 248
    • 527083 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 27 32

    2014-P $1 Baseball Hall of Fame PR69 PR70
    • 525650 First Strike 197 293
    • 525652 First Strike - Cassie McFarland 177 314
    • 526718 First Pitch (Baltimore) 284 373
    • 527081 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 24 48

    2014-D 50C Baseball Hall of Fame MS69 MS70
    • 525645 First Strike 247 184
    • 526703 First Pitch (Baltimore) 219 206
    • 527078 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 32 42

    2014-S 50C Baseball Hall of Fame PR69 PR70
    • 525646 First Strike 250 113
    • 526717 First Pitch (Baltimore) 242 165
    • 527078 First Pitch (Baltimore) Cassie McFarland 27 48

  153. Lee says

    I ordered several Silver HOF 1 Dollar Coins 70 minutes (I signed online at noon and was put on the waiting page for an hour) after they went on sale according to my email receipt. I am told I will be receiving them this week, too late for the NGC Early Release label. Why is this? Is 70 minutes not considered early enough? You would think they could make an exception at NGC with proof of a receipt that the May 8th deadline can be extended until all first day orders are received or something along those lines. It’s not our fault the brilliant success of the mint with this coin being delivered as fast as they could handle them that we cannot get them to NGC in time. I have a collector friend that ordered on Day 1 later in the day and is not getting his until June mid month. I wanted to sell a couple of these off graded Early. I have already called NGC and was told May 8th is the deadline, no exceptions. They are going to have quite a few extra Early Release labels. Any suggestions before I submit to PCGS instead?

  154. Bob A says

    Not sure if anyone here can answer this question, but I received my allotment of 25 HOF silver dollars. Several had obvious imperfections, seen with the naked eye. Which lead me to question the ethics of the mint. First off, I’ll never buy anything from them again, no matter how amazing or unique. This has been a nightmare experience. Now i have this uneasy feeling that the dealers who weren’t able to grade 69/70 (from in-house grading staff), sent back the ‘imperfect ones’ and now they are getting shuffled off to unsuspecting folks like me. Is this possible, or are coins really fresh off the mint to my house? What will they do with the 5 that I send back for an replacement (had the proof, don’t like them, getting the UNC instead)? Thanks for any input you can share.

  155. Larry K. says

    I just received an email confirming shipment of two HOF Unc Silver Dollars. My order was placed about the time of the sold out announcement. Has anyone else received shipment confirmations for these?

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