First Day Sales for March of Dimes Silver Set Reach 52,540

The United States Mint has released the opening day sales figure for the 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set. A total of 52,540 units have been ordered from the product limit of 75,000.


The 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set contains the proof commemorative silver dollar along with two specially produced 90% silver Roosevelt Dimes which are exclusive to the set. The first dime is struck with a reverse proof finish at the Philadelphia Mint. The second dime is struck with a proof finish at the West Point Mint.

Sales opened for the special set on May 4, 2015. The sets were priced at $61.95 with a maximum production limit of 75,000 and ordering limit of 5 units per household.

The opening sales of 52,540 units accounts for just over 70% of the 75,000 production limit.

The sales from the special set add considerably to the overall number of commemorative silver dollars sold under the program. Last week’s sales report showed sales of 42,424 proof and 19,434 uncirculated coins for a total of 61,858 in individual sales. The maximum mintage for the program is 500,000 pieces across all product options.

The United States Mint’s website currently shows the March of Dimes Special Set as backordered.

The “learn more” message states:

This item is available to be ordered now, but it is not currently in stock. Additional inventory is being made. Please add the item to your cart to see when additional inventory is expected to be available.

When added to the shopping cart, a message reads:

Back Order The expected in-stock date is Fri Aug 14 2015.

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  1. Teach says

    I’m surprised it didn’t sell out. I’m sure it will happen eventually……..

  2. says

    Very interesting. Someone speculated in yesterday’s mega-thread that the mint had 50K units on hand and that the rest after that were backorders.

    This sales figure would seem to indicate the number “on hand” was smaller than that, possibly much smaller. Maybe 20K? Regardless, yesterday was a lot more fun and interesting than I was expecting it to be. It will be interesting to see if the Jackie Kennedy gold spouse coins generate a similar level of interest.

  3. Teach says

    I just read where the mint is already shipping this product out today. My status still states PROCESSING. My order was completed at 12:05 ( should have been sooner if I didn’t keep getting page not found ).

  4. Mr. Kairu says

    Based on all the comments both here and on the CCF I thought it would have sold more, especially since one can assume that most of those sales were for resale. Oh well, maybe I am being told I should get at least one… maybe.

  5. Blair J. Tobler says

    Teach – mine still says “Processing” as well, and I got through in the first minute. But I also ordered other stuff with it, so maybe that’s holding it up.

  6. A&L Futures says

    @ Teach,

    Both my orders have shipped. The first was placed at 12:01, the other 12:07. Both are scheduled to arrive by Friday (May 8, 2015)

  7. cagcrisp says

    Some of you’ll may think 70% first day is a good number. I think it is a Terrible Number. Better flip while you can. IF the Mint had Sold the two dimes as a Stand Alone product for let’s say $25.00, the Mint would have Sold them out in a matter of hours, however, they chose to put it with a MOD dollar that has very little interest. Those selling on the bay better get them out the door ASAP…

  8. says

    Certainly not the red hot item that some commenters were hyping yesterday, as only about 70% sold on the first day. I believe one commenter even predicted a sellout in the first hour.

  9. Ikaika says

    @ cagcrisp

    The 2006 20th Annivesary ASE 3 coin set had the proof and burnished selling separately. Only the reverse proof was unique. It took 2 and 1/2 months to reach a sellout. The set still command a good premium to this day. So 70% for the MOD first day sale does not look bad at all. You even get two unique dimes 😉

  10. says

    I just went back and read your comment. I agree totally. The MOD dollar effectively dragged down the sales total.

  11. Tinto says


    Maybe it will sell out, the Mint didn’t say how many more sets are on the backorder queue and it would have been nice if they had, For me I am happy just to get the RP dime so my RP collection is still complete. Now if only the Mint ships mine out soon …

  12. says

    But Ikaika, you’re comparing the very popular silver eagle with the less than popular MOD dollar. The MOD dollar is basically a throw away coin for many. So, the only option we are left with is paying $62. for two dimes. Not a great option.

  13. Ikaika says

    It also seems that the big dealers did not have a major contribution to the number of sets sold yesterday. Therefore, it would reflect more a collectors interest which is good for the hobby. It is great to have 70% purchased mainly by collectors than 100% mainly by the big dealers.

  14. Ikaika says

    @ cagcrisp and Hawkster

    I agree with both of you that value wise it was not a good choice from the mint. But as mentioned above, if most sales were made to collectors that is good.

  15. says

    In regard to your RP collection: At the rate the Mint is pumping out reverse proofs your bottom drawer will soon be stuffed with them.

  16. Brad says

    It could be too that ordering slowed way down once the “backorder” status was posted. Many may not have bothered to place an order when they saw that, figuring they had already “missed the boat.” Maybe this revelation that sets are still actually available may spur sales the rest of the way to 75,000.

    This still bodes well for early shipments, as the “First Strike/Early Releases” aficionados will feel they have to have these sealed boxes that qualify. This mid-August stuff definitely won’t cut it for those guys! I could not care less about it, but it seems like I’m in the minority when it comes to that!

  17. fmtransmitter says

    Anyone else get their tracking number?

    Statements about WHO were the buyers of this offering is pure speculation unless you have proof to back it up. Back up the truck!! Ha ha

  18. Billy the kid says

    One wonders which coins still need to be made.

    I suspect they produced the dimes (75,000 each) and are now minting the silver dollars to satisfy total demand.

    Billy the Kid ordered two sets.

  19. fmtransmitter says

    The rest will ship before Aug. IMO. They always do that, then all the cancels and less than 70 grades come back and they start fulfilling back-orders. Why most want to get in early, no rejects.

  20. fmtransmitter says

    Notice how Billy the kid always talks about himself in third person?

  21. fmtransmitter says

    Are you living vicariously through an old time wild west gangster?

  22. Mike in NY says

    My 5 sets have shipped. Placed order around 12:15 after several earlier unsuccesful attempts starting at 12 noon.

  23. VaBeachEd says

    Teach says
    MAY 5, 2015 AT 1:35 PM

    I just read where the mint is already shipping this product out today. My status still states PROCESSING. My order was completed at 12:05 ( should have been sooner if I didn’t keep getting page not found ).

    Teach, I kept getting the same page, but my 5 have already shipped.

  24. Tinto says


    I had thought of that and if (and when) the Mint starts churning out RP’s galore I am prepared to make my RP collection a type set by denomination. I have been cutting back my purchases of high price tag items from the Mint anyways and after 2016 plan to reduce it to buying the annual silver proof sets until the ATB ends. And buy EU coins if the Mint comes out with those (more than likely IMO) and keep it a type set there too. Oh and maybe buy the occasional 5 OZ P ATB if the design is nice.

  25. thePhelps says

    I personally liked the MOD offering compared to several recent commemoratives. I decided early on not to order until this set was released, and suspect many others that collect commemoratives did the same thing.

    That said – if that is what ordering 50,000 coins does tot he new mint website they have some issues to address.

  26. A Bob says

    Betting that I will make more reselling a few sets than I do in interest on my savings account.

  27. says

    A Bob,
    With the interest on savings accounts hovering slightly above 0%, you didn’t exactly go out on a limb in figuring you will make more money by reselling a few of the sets.

  28. says

    Mine was completed at 12:01 and also didn’t ship, but I ordered some other products along with it so that may have caused the holdup. I’m hopeful for a shipping notice by tonight.

    As to the people complaining about the inclusion of the MoD silver dollar, I think most people may not have grasped why this set exists. I’m almost certain the reason they made it was to help push the MoD silver dollars, which are very unpopular. The reverse proof dime is just the bait to get people to buy it. I agree no one cares about the silver dollar… except for the US Mint itself, of course.

    If the mint manages to sell the max mintage for these sets, it will have been a big boost to otherwise rotten sales of the silver dollars.

  29. Dustyroads says

    Kisatchie bullion is at 40,100 sold, that means the “P” is now limited to 24,900.

  30. Mike in NY says

    My Kisatchie P should arrive tomorrow. Started buying from the mint beginning of 2014 and have picked up most previous issues including the expensive Volcanoes, Acadia and Denali. It will be a nice set when complete. I keep everything in OGP so storage space becomes an issue.

  31. Tinto says

    Did those folks whose MOD orders have already shipped order the maximum 5 ? Just wondering, I ordered only the MOD set (3 ) and got the Mint email acknowledgement at 12:11 pm ..

  32. mark says

    My 12:06 order shipped.. Already sold all five. Now do I get my sister to order me more? ??

  33. Dustyroads says

    CaptainOverkill ~ I have to disagree, there are more takers of the MoD silver dollars than you giving credit for. As for myself, I’m not a fan, but there is some movement with this dollar, even without the special set. I think it was a pretty decent idea their think tank came up with, that’s is, the Roosevelt dimes corresponding well with the accomplishments made back in the day.

    I’m in the same boat as all you other buyers that landed early orders. I didn’t order anything else, so my guess is that the Mint utilizes multiple servers during the ordering process and you should see your order ship soon. I don’t like it either, but as long as I don’t have to wait a few more days to see them ship, I’m good.

  34. Dustyroads says

    Ok..that makes more since, the Mint shipped the max of 5 sets ahead of the smaller orders…yup in deed.

  35. cagcrisp says

    @Dustyroads, “Kisatchie bullion is at 40,100 sold, that means the “P” is now limited to 24,900.”

    The way the Bullion sales have been recorded the past two days, since resuming sales, the “P” version could end up being a big money maker…

  36. fmtransmitter says

    Dustyroads says
    MAY 5, 2015 AT 4:37 PM

    Ok..that makes more since, the Mint shipped the max of 5 sets ahead of the smaller orders…yup in deed.

    “Gasp” WELL, imagine that! SMH

  37. thePhelps says

    I would guess based on the bullion demand so far they may let it go to 45k before they look at cutting the pipe… the bullion have sold well for those.

  38. Larry says

    I like all the RP issues so far. Some day I hope to get the 2006 Gold Eagle. I went to the ANA show in hopes to get one, but only saw two and they were only selling them with the other eagles in the 2006 set for more than my budget would allow. But at least I got to see them. Beautiful coin! I think the RP Kennedy is a great coin too. Can’t wait to see the dime.

  39. ips_stuff says

    The bullion Kisatchie have sold well. make me wonder if I would not have been better off buying some 2014 Sand Dunes instead, with half the mintage. Struggle between lower mintage and better design.

    And after all the Sand Dunes is dull and boring. Guess I only purchase the turkey pucks for silver value anyway.

  40. EvilFlipper says

    They did this last year. I can’t remeber which item it was but they sold some…. Held off and then sold some more in December. I remeber trying to catch it (commem or set of some type). I wonder if they did this on purpose so it wouldn’t appear to sell out and people got some if they wanted. It’s a good strategy to keep the flow and demand going.

  41. Gary not Dave says

    My 5 sets have been shipped….open or not open that is the question? I got my order in at 3 minutes after and had no issues.

  42. cagcrisp says

    @thePhelps, I just placed another order for some “P”‘s just in case the Mint lets the bullion run an Little Farther than 45k…

  43. JBK says

    I am a little surprised that the set did not sell out yesterday, but I am not very concerned. I bought the set because I believed in the desirability of the dimes, and I still do.

    The dollar probably did discourage some sales, but that is all the better for those looking for value in the dimes. Two 75,000 mintage dimes and a silver round for $62.00 is not bad. For comparison look at the 1996W dime – a much higher mintage and it holds a decent premium. And there are 1,457,000 of those…

  44. EvilFlipper says

    Also to a couple people I talked to, they took back ordered to mean sold out!! Haha!! So maybe it was a bit of psychology!

  45. Sith says


    My wife loved the MOD coin, which saved my bacon

    The Kisatchie “P” version is the winner in this case. I ordered mine when it came out but if I had know I was going to get bit the bullet and get the MOD set I would have waited.

  46. Louis says

    Back from the belly of the beast where I picked up 2 fresh MOD sets after looking through most of what they had. I think they are pretty nice, even the dollar is better in person in proof anyway than many folks here have opined. At least that is my view.
    Regarding first day sales, if they had not started backordering 45 min. in it seems pretty clear they’d all be gone.

  47. EvilFlipper says

    Another good point was that any silver reverse proof collectors will need the dime, as the dime is the reverse proof key at 75,000. Guy I just talked to said in the past, when the mint back ordered, it pretty much meant if there were some left you got them and if there weren’t they cancelled your order.

  48. Brad says

    Someone mentioned a total mintage limit of 65,000 for the Kisatchie 5 oz. silvers over both versions, but where is that official statement?

  49. mark says

    Louis…come on …did you ask why they were allowed to sell them. Thought you said that was not allowed.

  50. Teach says

    @Louis – Did you ask the retail store why they were selling the sets when the mint said they wouldn’t be in retail stores? Did they have a limit? How many sets did they have at the store, any idea?

  51. Teach says

    I finally received my email from the mint that my order had shipped about 30 minutes ago. Maybe it took longer due to ordering a Turkey puck as well. The Turkey P puck could be a winner this year if they keep making bullion pucks.

  52. mark says

    Cant wait for the next (really hot ) item…MOD was somewhat hot. To be sold by the Mint, with a household limit. The buses will be lined up and down the streets. The Mint gets what they deserve. .LOL

  53. GoldFishin says

    My two 5 coin purchases have both shipped. The early backorder status is going to be a boon to big boy graders of the sets. I am considering it myself, but will wait for a few early sales to decide about that. Meanwhile, at least one box will remain sealed, the other may be turned over to reduce overall cost. These dimes may be highly coveted for First Strike designation down the road. Good luck all!

  54. thePhelps says

    @cag… between the quality of the bullion coins I received and the P pucks – I am good with whatever they do. I mentioned in an earlier thread – these are the first real matched set I have gotten quality wise. The bullion coins are probably 68’s or 69’s DMPL and the P coins are likely 70’s.

  55. Louis says

    The answers to most of your questions are revealed in something I just wrote that will appear at the end of the week.

  56. fmtransmitter says

    I still feel we (US Mint) is behind on what the potential is for Numismatics out there and other Countries are ahead…Here is a video of the Fortuna Redux, one of the most beautiful coins I have ever laid my eyes on…

    Imagine what the US Mint “could” do with the right people running it…

  57. fmtransmitter says

    Louis says
    MAY 5, 2015 AT 7:00 PM

    The answers to most of your questions are revealed in something I just wrote that will appear at the end of the week.

    I bit…ha ha I will play on the line til then…

  58. Tinto says

    I got a satisfaction survey from the mint for my recent purchase …. I gave them a piece of my mind on the packaging ….

  59. mark says

    Louis…at least you could have waited to tell us that you bought them at DC…I HATE WAITING…LOL

  60. Tom P. - MA says

    I had completely forgotten about this until I signed on last night around 7PM. I saw the “backordered” and ordered one anyway. I figured if I didn’t get a set, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, and there would be a tiny chance I would get one. Now it looks like I will get a set.

    My theory. I lost out on one of the American Eagle silver sets a few years back. The one that sold out in about 4 hours. I was backordered but based on other comments here I knew I would never get a set. Several months down the road the Mint finally told me the truth. No set. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that backordered means no chance of getting a set.

  61. thePhelps says

    @fm…some of the coins other mints are producing are great. I used to buy from many of them – and rapidly tired of the constant new useless offerings of coins. Most of which were not minted for any purpose other than to drag money from my wallet. I don’t forsee I’ll ever start buying colorized coins, glow in the dark coins… the list goes on and on…and on and on…. the fact is I have almost completely stopped buying coins except those I enjoy from the US mint or bullion issues. The one you mentioned was unique – but they wanted an arm and a leg for it – and I only have so many arms and legs to offer yearly.

  62. Boz says

    The Louisiana P shipment arrived and they are flaw less. I do not know what the did to get rid of the edge seams but they are gone and the rim is perfect.

  63. Louis says

    Sorry, guys. I always enjoy these discussions, but I gotta make a living (sort of). I am sure you understand. Good luck to all.

  64. GoldFishin says

    @thePhelps- ditto dat wat u said….my thoughts exactly….I am migrating more to bullion and classics as the US Mint draws closer to Perth and RCM status.

  65. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    The March of Dimes dollar at only 42,424 mintage? And the UNC at 19,434?
    This is much less than the max stated mintage at 500,000.
    probably will be at abt. 100,000 total by Dec. 31st.

  66. mark says

    Louis…thanks for all you do. Just messing with you. I had a feeling that was why you did not comment on the DC. But yes or no….should I bring in the buses on the next household limit product.

  67. Dave SW FL says

    Should have ordered the other 6 items separately as my MOD sets still have not shipped. 🙁

  68. mark says

    Dave…yes never combine orders…the shipping department will have many 5 set orders packed and ready to slap a shipping label on first. Then smaller orders and combination orders will have to packed later.

  69. Louis says

    Mark- Thanks so much. My pleasure.

    Dave- That’s it. Just look for the pic of the guy with glasses and as my friends like to remind me, a receding hair line, and then I remind them it’s been that way since I was in my 30’s, and hey, I am not bald! But I digress.

    I appreciate everyone’s kind words, and I would simply add I learn a lot from you folks too. And this is the best- informed coin blog out there. I know some real muckety mucks who read it.

  70. Ikaika says

    My 12:01 pm order has shipped. Just received the notification. For sure not the first in first shipped .

  71. Samuel says

    Mark, what you said about the 5-set order probably is not true, because, they need to put the packing slip in the box.

  72. Dave SW FL says

    Thanks for the informative video. 10 minutes very well spent. And, yes, that is one beautiful coin!

  73. Goat says

    My Farther and I had our orders in by 20 after the mint marked them shipped but when I checked tracking it states order process ready for UPS, we both ordered 5 in quantity. My order might of been more closer to 5 after but the new improved sight is more closer if not the same as old sight, due to only 52,000 sets sold. It’s funny how companies get paid for doing a job and it feels like they might of cleaned the dust off the old system and left the building with a fat check. My question is what somebody brought up earlier about D1, D2, and D5 and what is the fill in D3 and D4 more dimes? I guess if anyone needs 2013, 2014 First Spouse they are still on sale. WHY? There not playing nice ! Every day is a good day some days are better.

  74. GoldFishin says

    For those of you that may be considering potential final mintages of Kisatchie or other ATB 5 oz coins, here is a convenient link that has prior year Bullion and Numismatic mintages through 2013. The 2014 coins are listed as well with some info, but no final mintages. I added the 2014 mintages from last reporting date available. This info may aid in your analysis. I hope it displays correctly, if not, I tried.

    2014 ATB mintages Bullion Numismatic

    Great Smoky Mtn 33,000 24,710
    Shenandoah 25,000 28,451
    Arches 22,000 28,434
    Great Sand Dunes 22,000 23,405 To Date
    Everglades 34,000 22,080 To Date

  75. Broadwing says

    10:07, just got an e-mail my order shipped. I had ordered a unc SAE along with my sets at 12:02 pm. Glad to see its on the way as I was starting to get worried with all the chatter about just ordering the MOD sets would get faster service. Most of the opinions on this blog are just that, opinions with little fact to back up what some are saying.

  76. GoldFishin says

    @CasualCollector- You were just about dead on the money with about 2 sets purchased on average per order. Nice going!

  77. Dustyroads says

    Nice L .G. article over at CW. I’ve been hoping for a little less than a flat market for the Libertads, but that is a difficult expectation.

  78. Ends in Error says

    Those Presidential reverse proofs are going to ignite a bloodbath. They need a limit of 1 per household.

  79. A Bob says

    PCGS is encapsulating some with reverse side up. I don’t recall seeing this happen much.

  80. Tinto says


    Makes sense to have some packages in sets of 5 ready just waiting for the shipping label and packing slip. It wouldn’t be any trouble to seal them up and ship them out, as opposed to physically counting the quantity for orders with less than 5 sets before putting them in packages, putting the right amount of packing material, … etc. all JMO of course.

  81. fmtransmitter says

    @Dave SW FL: Oh you are very welcome. Didn’t think many would watch the whole video. Appreciate that you appreciate it. There is volume 2 to the right if you want finish watching the rest. And I want to correct myself by saying while beautiful, I would say say most innovative with great eye appeal but my half dollar from the early 1800s with that blue toning is my favorite for eye appeal in my collection and there many many others I would consider more beautiful. Glad you enjoyed. Does have a lot going for it and won a COTY award too.

  82. fmtransmitter says

    The eBay ad has a copy of the receipt saying 11:06 am BTW now. Louis? Chime in, does the seller work there or know someone? What’s the deal with D.C. selling an hour before official on sale time?

  83. fmtransmitter says

    @thePhelps: 100% agree with you. There are many factors I take into consideration when going for one of those and it is a long list. I can say first thought is it a first and mintage then I go from there with eye appeal, silver content, steady sales data from auctions, etc.

  84. fmtransmitter says

    I too want to thank all again for their time to contribute to this blog. I have not much of it at this stage and popping in here helps me very much many times. Still smiling about my one flip on the gold BHOF. That was rare but proved with some research, effort, money, and timing mixed with a touch of lime, you can have some winners. I have had many more losers but it’s all been about the ride and I enjoy this hobby, don’t need it to make a living. Happy cinco de mayo all….

  85. CasualCollector says

    Thanks! We both used roughly the same technique and data to make our estimates 🙂

  86. SilverFan says

    fmtransmitter says
    MAY 6, 2015 AT 12:32 AM

    The eBay ad has a copy of the receipt saying 11:06 am BTW now. Louis? Chime in, does the seller work there or know someone? What’s the deal with D.C. selling an hour before official on sale time?

    I think we are all going to find out that this was an inside job. No harm though as the mint shipped right away, I know mint personnel watch this blog so hopefully they look into it.

  87. Dave SW FL says

    If it were more than one hour before sales started, I would suspect shenanigans by an employee, too. But I have been to way too many stores who never changed their clocks at Daylight Savings Time changeover. I will agree with a previous poster that that is the reason for the 11:06 time stamp

  88. longarm says

    I finally received my pucks from SDbuttcrack (without any notification whatsoever or tracking number), After this experience I’ll gladly pay a little more (apmex) for better service.

  89. cagcrisp says

    There is a Total of 9,278 Turkey pucks left to hit the max of 65,000. As of yesterdays Sales number there were 40,100 bullion and 15,622 “P” pucks Sold. There were 10,000 bullion sold to the APs in the last 2 days. There were 15,622 “P” pucks sold in less than a week. The Mint ceased selling the bullion pucks last week due to lack of inventory and only resumed Sales Monday…

    It doesn’t take long to figure that the Mint is either going to have to send out notice to the APs that Sales of the bullion pucks are winding down OR we are going to have a SO of one or both of the pucks within a few days…

  90. KCSO says

    I’m in agreement with Cag, 52k is a rather weak sales number. Let’s see, 22,500 remain, possibly through late summer/fall pending the influence of the back order status + many extra sets purchased on speculation of a sell out…, hmmm, smells like gold Kennedy all over.

    Having just picked up another P Turkey, sure would like to see the bullion sell 44-46k, we know how the mint likes their even #’s.

  91. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @longarm saysMay 6, 2015 at 7:59 am
    “Is Another Popular Metals Dealer Losing People’s Money? ”

    Don’t need to — this is history repeating itself, as I had stated previously on this blog. 😉

    However, thanks for the update/information 🙂

    Folks, be careful out there!

  92. Teach says

    @ Louis – was your sales receipt from the DC store an hour off on the time compared to the sale time? Or do we need to wait for the article to know about that as well? Thanks! Just curious……….

  93. Ends in Error says

    If I go to Mint Headquarters might they have some 2014 Proof Platinum Eagles for sale?


  94. Sith says

    That is old news….everyone here should know by now to avoid the NWT mint. However I heard iffy things about a popular, semi-popular dealer. Unlike the NWT Mint I never had issue with them, but I have not bought from them in some time either.

  95. Sith says

    IMHO with the Turkey pucks straining inventory, Blue Ridge might be a low mintage but with 2 months to recover from the turkey puck….

    In case it was not mentioned before. Jack O release date June 25th

  96. jeff says

    So a common dead baby silver dollar say worth $16.32 and two silver dimes $0.20 plus $2.63 in silver is a steal at $67 boy you all pulled one over on the mint LMFAO.

  97. Louis says

    I did ask about the register time stamp and yes, it is incorrect, including mine. It is set on central time for some reason. No conspiracy here.

  98. Teach says

    @ Louis – that’s what I figured…..other people thought there was more to it. Thanks.

  99. NC_Stacker says

    I bet the excuse for the 11:06 time stamp on the receipt will be that it is due to the fact that the cash register’s time was not set for Daylight Savings Time.

  100. Denes says

    Jeff hasn’t seen the ebay sales to date, where these sets have been selling for close to $100 apiece (quick $200 gross profit for those unwilling to hold on for at least a few months), and the mint is still not sold out. When the mint sells out, and collectors who weren’t paying attention finally notice the Roosevelt Dime release, these prices can increase. Or, the market can do what it does and the prices on the secondary market can collapse. I’m betting on the prices increasing (notice the term “bet”) and hope that I can either turn a profit or at least get out at cost and keep one set for myself. I still want a graded set as well, and like the NGC special labels.

  101. cagcrisp says

    I received another set of Turkey pucks today from Apmex. They DO know how to package material. The Mint Supposedly reads this blog. You need to learn something from Apmex. I got the Mint Direct tubes and the Packing is very thick around the Mint Direct tubes and they all fit very tight in the shipping box. NO wasted space…

    From the Mint I got a One Size Fits All box that has sheets of thin brown paper for packing and the box rattles just picking it up…

  102. jeff says

    Once the dead cat is out of the bag (no pun intended) this set will falter to a non event sort of what’s already happened .

  103. jhawk92 says

    My order for two MoD sets has shipped, so I’m happy. And my “P” Kisatchie puck/quarter rolls should arrive today via FedEx “smart” post, delivered by USPS. I sure prefer that to the UPS signature hurdles from an earlier purchase.

    Tinto, I also unloaded on the mint shipping issues in a survey after I completed my MoD purchase.

    cagcrisp—yep, very crappy packaging. I am very relieved that my “W” ASEs were not damaged from their time outside in the box. But I’ll be watching these a bit more closely in my storage.

  104. fmtransmitter says

    Makes sense on the time stamp, the register person doesn’t know how to set the clock on it. BWahhahahah

  105. fmtransmitter says

    APMEX really packs good. They have that white bubble envelope that is cemented to the center of the box insuring that is go nowhere, then it is backed up with a seemingly vault sealed box. Takes me a good few minutes with tools to get those…

  106. JohnT58 says

    I received my pucks from the mint earlier this week. I could not believe the condition of the box; it was crushed with one side ripped open. Luckily the pucks are fairly large or they could have slipped right out. The brown paper in the box was useless. Amazingly, the pucks themselves were in good condition. I never really cared about the packaging before but this instance was quite extreme.

  107. longarm says

    The gem in my dime collection is a 1949-s that I found in a roll of wheat pennies.

  108. cagcrisp says

    Hopefully the Mint reads the blog…

    IF you always Do what you’ve always Done, you’ll always Get what you’ve always Got… Henry Ford

  109. Tinto says


    Agree … APMEX ships my orders well packed. I haven’t bought as much from them recently (their having to impose my state/city tax of close to 9% starting from 2 years or so ago is a factor – not their fault though) but the last one was a bullion ATB Turkey …

  110. Blair J. Tobler says

    Just got the email that my order shipped – which really means the label’s been generated, and will likely go out this afternoon. Can’t wait to see it.

  111. fmtransmitter says

    How come the Mint website let’s me put 50 MOD sets in my bag? Should it not default or say “sorry, there is a limit of 5 on this item” What is in place to stop 100’s from going out in 1 shipment? Thanks in advance…

  112. cagcrisp says

    @fmtransmitter, That’s just a bug in the system. It has been that way since the new site came up in October. Once you go farther into the purchase process it Disallow those that exceed the limit…

  113. fmtransmitter says

    longarm says
    MAY 6, 2015 AT 12:11 PM

    The gem in my dime collection is a 1949-s that I found in a roll of wheat pennies.

    Great year and great series to collect. I want the Franklin so bad in high grade but my pockets say Oh no!

  114. gbotz says

    Tinto – I received an email from APMEX on Monday stating
    that they do not charge New Yorkers sales tax any more.

  115. longarm says

    fmtransmitter says-Great year and great series to collect. I want the Franklin so bad in high grade but my pockets say Oh no!

    That’s funny cause I just bought 8 halves for spot.
    a 1908 barber
    1923-s lib
    1929-s lib
    1933-s lib
    1941 lib
    1943-s lib
    1943 lib
    and a Franklin 1957-d that looks to be mint state

  116. John D. Moore says

    Just got a email from the mint March of Dimes set still available.

  117. Eddie says

    My tracking # shows I should get my MoD sets Friday or Saturday and my P Turkey puck will arrive the same day different orders.

  118. fmtransmitter says

    longarm says
    MAY 6, 2015 AT 1:23 PM

    fmtransmitter says-Great year and great series to collect. I want the Franklin so bad in high grade but my pockets say Oh no!

    That’s funny cause I just bought 8 halves for spot.
    a 1908 barber
    1923-s lib
    1929-s lib
    1933-s lib
    1941 lib
    1943-s lib
    1943 lib
    and a Franklin 1957-d that looks to be mint state

    That’s funny because you didn’t get the 1949-S. You still salty bro? That’s ok, we can keep it going. Was a peace offering but I see your a real piece…

  119. longarm says

    Eddie – that’s a good one

    I’m finding silver all the time, another recent find was a 90% silver cakeknife/server that weighed 115 grams that I got at a garage sale for a dollar. Just goes to show what you can come across if you keep your eyes open.

  120. longarm says

    fmtransmitter–sorry, should have been “What a coincidence cause I just bought 8 halves for spot.”

  121. Tinto says


    Thanks! I got that email too but I didn’t open it thinking it was just another sales promo.

    I did notice the words “some restrictions may apply” so I’ll see when I order the next time from them.

  122. Mr. Kairu says

    Well I am hoping for all that bought the MoD set that it works well for them 🙂 I am not a dime collector at all so I am not too upset for not ordering it. Instead I am saving up for the ANA show, I am going to buy either a Twenty cent piece, a Trade dollar, or a Large cent in probably around Fine condition. 😀 Can’t wait to see which one I will buy!

    BTW, LOL @FM using the word “salty” 😉 made my day right there. Not the tension between MN Bloggers… but just the verbage.

  123. Dustyroads says

    If the utensils you bought are 90% silver, they must then be worth a lot more than you are saying, because they would then have to be melted silver coinage. Sterling .925 on the other hand is most likely what you have. Keep making finds like that and you will have to build a foundry and start making ingots.

  124. longarm says

    Dustyroads — It’s 90% all right I even acid tested it, apparently Brazil made their silverware out of 90%

  125. Dave SW FL says

    These sets are being scarfed up on the Bay in groups of 5 at about $100 a set. Probably by aftermarket sellers who expect to get them graded for bigger markups and/ or sell at. Even higher prices on TV. They have until August to make the sales in OGP ( if you believe the mint! )

    I believe that the naysayers will be surprised how well these will do.

    BTW, anybody have a cutoff date for NGC/PCGS submissions for First Strike qualification on boxes which have been opened?

  126. longarm says

    I’m surprised that they’re only going for a $100 a set, knowing that all the dealers have to get them on the bay. Everyone should raise their price to $150 and make them PAY.

  127. Dave SW FL says

    From the CoinTalk site it seems that the 90FBL is a sticker meaning 90% Full Bell Lines.

    I am going to start my own sticker service……I’ll even grade your 70% FBL Franklins!

    What a joke these stickers are becoming.

  128. d555 says


    Those are MAC stickers. Similar idea to CAC but not anywhere near as accepted. Allegedly these are made by the same person who used to run ACG. Most likely not worth any premium.

  129. Ends in Error says


    Ahem. Sir that is not a “Dead Baby Dollar”,the proper term is ” Post Mortem Commemorative” Dollar. 😉

    Seriously, I have no data on the popularity of Post Mortem Collecting but there are both ebay sellers and websites that sell vintage Post Mortems (photos of the deceased – sometimes posed to resemble a sleeping person, sometimes held up with props to resemble a living person). I’m thinking if there are sellers then there must be buyers?

    Anyway if the Post Mortem Market got wind of this sweetly perfumed US Mint Coin, maybe all of a sudden sales would rise up faster than Christ on Easter. Or was that Christmas? For the flippers out there it might be like Christmas.

  130. GoldFishin says

    @DaveSW FL- Cutoff date for ER at NGC is 6-3-15. PCGS has yet to establish a First Strike cutoff date, but will probably be in the neighborhood of 6-5-15, give or take a couple days.

  131. longarm says

    I got out the old proof sets I have with the Franklins in them to see what full bell lines are and on my 1963 set there was a small tear in the cellophane and it made a big black tarnish spot on it. I suppose I could dip it in Tarn-X.

  132. Dave SW FL says

    Thanks, GoldFishin.
    Good info.
    My sets have still not shipped. Ordered in first 20 minutes, but with 6 additional products, so I’ll have to open the box to sell any of them……which I might do to help pay for my own sets. However, I will NOT trust that any will be shipped Aug 14. Played that game with previous product and got burned. I think they are getting too many irons in the fire.

    I still think they would be better off doing complete mintage at one shot and melting unsold coins to re-planchet. Does volume really make that big of a difference? Especially considering the money wasted on pennies and nickels? (Oh, I know………There he goes again!)

  133. Dave SW FL says

    Another miserable day for PM miners. Looks like lower prices are on the way.

  134. longarm says

    Dave SW FL

    Another miserable day for PM miners. Looks like lower prices are on the way.

    Looks like another buying opportunity to me and it could go much lower until the paper markets crash.

  135. Eddie says

    Can anyone tell me if the 2oz. Privateer will fit into a ASE tube? If not what do they fit into?
    From the pictures of the RP dime it looks like it looks as good as the RP Kennedy half. IMO the Kennedy RP is the best looking RP ever minted.

  136. Larry says

    @Eddie, I like the Kennedy RP a whole lot, but have your ever seen the 2006 RP gold eagle? The best RP, by far.

  137. jeff says

    Dave 100$ a set sounds good but don’t forget $67 for mint, Ebay 13 % Paypal 2.9 % then shipping $6-12 for a package that size so really not much of a profit and he can’t purchase any more other than the secondary market. The mint has been very strict once you exhaust your HL no more for you. From a song from Aerosmith You can’t catch me because the rabbit done died yes it did (no pun intended) LOL

  138. Frank says

    I am a bit late on the RP series game so I wonder how many RP coins (platinum, gold, silver, clad) have been released by the US Mint?

  139. Tinto says


    “I am a bit late on the RP series game so I wonder how many RP coins (platinum, gold, silver, clad) have been released by the US Mint?”

    I hope my number is right .. nine in total.

    2006 W $50 gold Eagle
    2006 P Silver Eagle
    2007 W $50 platinum Eagle
    2011 P Silver Eagle
    2012 S Silver Eagle
    2013 W Silver Eagle
    2013 W Gold Buffalo $50
    2014 W Kennedy silver half
    2015 P silver dime

  140. Gary not Dave says

    Does anyone remember the opening week sales for the Homestead P Puck ?

  141. GoldFishin says

    @Cagcrisp- I understand that you bought some MintDirect turkey tubes from APMEX. I also know that one normally buys the MintDirect tubes to keep sealed, but IF you have opened any of the most recent tubes, or if you do, will you be so kind as to report on the quality of the coins? How DMPL and problem free they are? Thanks….I was thinking of buying some more, but would like to have a quality report on this latest batch, seeing as how the Mint had to spit them out like flapjacks….wondering if the quality suffered any? TIA

  142. Dave SW FL says

    My MOD sets along with the other 6 products shipped an hour ago………so did my reorder of my defective US Marshal proof SD. Of course they went out in separate shipments. More waste – ho hum. We’re the goobermint , so saving money is unimportant .

    With today’s technology orders cannot be linked and shipped together when available on the same day? Last survey I requested the ability to combine shipping if I wished.

  143. GoldFishin says

    @GaryNutDave- the first report for SN1 Homestead 5 oz was 16,216, wasn’t a full week, about 4 days I think.

  144. Frank says

    @Tinto Thanks a lot! It seems I am only missing the first three in the series then.

  145. GoldFishin says

    @GaryNotDave- I was sort of surprised at the low initial sales of 15,622 for the Kisatchie P pucks considering all the demand for the bullion issue. Obviously with designs being equal the lower price point was a major factor influencing some to buy shiny bullion.

  146. Dave SW FL says

    Thanks, Tinto! Nice to have the list compiled.
    Now to get the funds to get the early stuff.

  147. Grampa Dave says

    fmtransmitter says-Great year and great series to collect. I want the Franklin so bad in high grade but my pockets say Oh no!

    Bought my uncirculated Franklin set a few years back, PDS with most coins FBL. Great half dollar series. Adding the proofs 1950-1963 when I can. I only need three proofs 50-51-52. My MOD sets shipped today YAY!!!

  148. cagcrisp says

    @GoldFishin, Sorry but I’m not going to be any help. ALL of Mine are Either still sealed in the shipping boxes are in the white rapping around the Mint Direct tubes. I don’t plan on every opening or looking at any of Mine.
    I examine all my numismatic coins with a 10x but these I will treat Strickly as bullion . I bought two tubes for friends and I did take 20 pucks out of the tubes and put them in air-tites. I was doing this in an office environment with two other friends and All we did were take out of the box, put them in the air-tites and then do the next one. I Really never did look at the pucks. They did and I didn’t and they liked what they saw. They are Not into coins at all so they wouldn’t know good quality from bad quality. These were for turkey hunters as gifts and they really don’t care about the quality. All they were concerned about was that it was a TURKEY…

  149. mark says

    Reveived my 2 P turkeys from the mint a couple days ago..both perfect. And my 2 bullion from apmex today. Both dmpl one maybe a 69 the other 68. My 5 march dimes sets will be here tomorrow, already sold those. My sister ordered me five more MOD. Have plenty of time to either keep or cancel order later.

  150. KCSO says

    On Topic of the Dolittle Raid medal, seeing how it seemed to be so popular with many, the following is FYI for those around in the DC area, & there’s so also a live webcast for all…

  151. KCSO says

    Subject: WW II DC Fly Over

    This Friday, it should be spectacular and not to be missed…..

    To honor the heroes who fought in the War and those on the home front who produced the tanks, ships, and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory, one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled will fly above the skies of Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover. The flyover will include dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced warbird formations overhead. The formations will represent the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation to “Taps.” Never before has such a collection of WWII aircraft been assembled at one location, to honor the large assemblage of veterans gathered at the WWII Memorial for a ceremony.

  152. cagcrisp says

    @mark, “Have plenty of time to either keep or cancel order later.” That’s the way I would play these…

  153. fmtransmitter says

    @Grandpa Dave, I hope you complete your set. Are they stabbed? Do you have a registry set for them going?

  154. fmtransmitter says

    Thanks KCSO: always impressive to see what the sky’s looked like to civilians scared to death of being bombed and that sound they make all in formation…

  155. Dave SW FL says

    Everything is in OGP.
    Dont. Know what a registry set is, so I guess not.
    My greatest hope is that I can interest my grandchildren enough that they catch the bug. (Collecting coin bug, that is). It would break my heart if they just sold the collection off at melt…..I’m sure that happens more than we believe. I am making notes as I go and hope they will take it seriously.

  156. Ends in Error says

    I was in an Army unit ( don’t want to name it – don’t want to bragg – and no it wasn’t at Ft Bragg 😉 ) , anyway we got picked up once by 17 C-130’s . They came in staggered trail formation – quite impressive to see so many planes.

    Too bad I can’t be in DC on Friday, I’d love to see all those WW II era Warbirds.
    My Dad, God Rest his Soul, spent the WW II years building B-17′ s in Seattle. He got drafted into the Army after hostilites ceased and then transititioned with the Army Air Corps into the US AirForce. He made a career of the USAF.

    I know he’d probably feel a bit of pride seeing B-17’s in the air over DC but sadly he’s gone 2 years now. He lived to be 95.

  157. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    Off topic, but how come there’s no End of Civil War Commem or Appomattox Commem?
    Didn’t the Civil War end in 1865? It’s the 150th Anniversary.

    Also how about the 200th Anniversary of the only year they didn’t make pennies, 1815.

  158. stephen m says

    I have seen the dollar from the 3 piece March of Dimes set on pre sale. Anyone here seen any pre sale slabbed dimes from the set.

  159. longarm says

    Thanks to all who shared information, I enjoy the comments and the camaraderie.

  160. says

    The images of the Jackie Kennedy gold spouse coin were added to the Mint website this morning. I don’t like it quite as much as the previously released drawing where she had a faint smile. I am considering purchasing one. Normally silver is about my speed as gold is too expensive. Any thoughts and opinions about whether I need to buy it at noon on June 25th or whether 30,000 is a lot to absorb by coin collectors and it will be available for several months? I would appreciate any comments as I am trying to put the money together for the purchase.
    I have never spent $800 on a coin before!

  161. joseph says

    I ordered MOD sets around 9:30pm Monday and my card was pinned the same day. sound like no backorder ??? no a good sign for flipper. lol

  162. Louis says

    Stuart- where did you see the images? which part of the site? in the image library I just see drawings.

    I’d say buy on day 1 but I doubt you need to do it right at noon.

  163. Louis says

    Stu- Thanks. I try to keep things positive, but they really ruined it. Not just the smile is gone, but she looks older and too serious. Looks like I will be saving some money as I only wanted it because I liked the original design.

  164. Zaz says

    The Jackie coin is pretty close to the line art; it will sell well, it’s anybody’s guess what the first month’s sales are going to be? Handsome coin, unlike the Eisenhower FS, that did not translate well from the line art at all. Uglier than the Hoover FS if that was even possible. So little care was thrown at this expensive series, hope the LBJ FS looks better than poor Mamie.

  165. Samuel says

    OT, just checked my 5oz BU coins, the 2012 ones already show sign of toning on the rim.

  166. cagcrisp says

    @Stuart Bradley, It all depends on whether there is household limits in place for the Jackie Kennedy. There were $77,302,840 ( 62,341 x $1,240.00) Sales for the Gold JFK coin in the First reporting period with household limits…

    There can only be 30,000 Jackie Kennedy’s between proof and uncirculated. Not knowing how many the Mint will have on hand and how many of Each will be on hand I can see the Jackie Kennedy going BO in a short time period for either the proof or the uncirculated…

  167. Louis says

    Sam- Some of mine from around then also have rim toning but it was because I used the looser capsules. Did you use the airtite ones with the snug fit or the ones that fit more loosely?

  168. Tinto says

    @Stuart Bradley, @Louis

    Yeah the Mint does screws up again …. just reinforces what I thought from a long time ago, the Mint can’t really do people esp. the faces …. maybe they do get winos in to do the work .while the real “artists” go about collecting their $$$ and maybe looking important … this was such a beautiful line drawing and even though I did not buy the JFK gold I had been waiting to see how the Jackie FS translated into the actual coin …. now I definitely pass … Thank you Mint you are saving me a bundle as I wind down buying from you folks ….

  169. Louis says

    Thanks, Tinto. Good to know I am not the only one who sees the changes. I suppose it is a matter of interpretation, but to me they definitely made her look less attractive. However, before I totally rule
    it out, I want to see the coin in person and will decide based on that. Those web site images can be

  170. cagcrisp says

    I have no problem with the Jackie Kennedy design…This will Still be my one and only FS design…

  171. fmtransmitter says

    The pearls look like cobblestones compared to a set of perfect pearls the First Lady of the United States would have worn back then. They are not even round. I agree with Louis…

  172. John Q. Coinage says

    How does the flipper get 20 boxesof 5, using his employees I guess. EVERYONE should make like a $4,000 offer & watch him get PO’d- ope he has to use mustard on them

  173. Jim_D says

    I agree with comments about the bad engraving for the Jacqueline Kennedy coin, but it’s still better than the John F. Kennedy dollar. That was the best pose they could find?

  174. BearMetal says

    Whose portrait ended up on the Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin?

  175. DBR says

    @ Joseph says

    Jackie Kennedy was not an Irish or Irish American by birth. As far as I can tell from her pedigree she was of French and English extraction.

  176. shoebox says

    Set is now “currently unavailable.”

    Does this really mean……………………..SOLD OUT?

  177. lucky43113 says

    people seem to think the reverse proof dime is the coin of the century some say of all time i doubt that

  178. Michael says

    I received my 2 sets today and like the designs. The certificate does not mention the dime mintage. Does anyone know if the dimes are really limited to 75,000? The new US Mint website is also unclear as to what it sold out and what isn’t. I still have 2014 Native American C+C sets on backorder…and the program doesn’t say sold out. I wonder what is going on with that? The website is a step back IMO…at least the other one provided simple info. Also when returning items,,,they wont process replacements…you have to reorder. That is completely backwards for mail order in 2015.

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