UPDATE—As of 12:01 p.m., thanks to MNB readers, we know that (a) previous orders DO count against the HHL, and (b) the notification of exceeding the HHL is issued at the time of order.
At 12 noon Eastern Time, the Mint will be making the Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin available for purchase for the second time this year. While waiting for the gates to be thrown open, here are some tips avoid getting shut out by technical issues with your account.
- Make sure your login information is handy, and test it now (especially important if you haven’t ordered from the Mint in a while).
- Once you’re logged in, go to your account and click on “Address Book.” Make sure your shipping and billing addresses are correct. If you need to edit your address, be sure to click “Apply” before leaving the window.
- Click on “Cards and Payment” and make sure everything is in order there.
- Once you’re sure everything is shipshape, make sure you’re logged in and on the product page a few minutes ahead of noon. To get to the coin’s product page, you can type the product number, 16XB, into the search blank; you can click on “Product Schedule” and scroll down about halfway to April 21 and click on the coin; or you can simply click here, or copy and paste https://catalog.usmint.gov/mercury-dime-2016-centennial-gold-coin-16XB.html?cgid=product-schedule into your browser.
- As the hour approaches, refresh your browser window frequently to make sure your session is still active. If you let it time out, you’ll lose valuable seconds getting logged back in—especially if the website bogs down due to the volume of users.
- As long as you don’t get a message that you’re ineligible to order the coin, keep trying. Many buyers aren’t successful on the first click, due to website issues.
It’s unclear at this time whether previous orders of the Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin will count against the new household-order limit of 1, as there is conflicting information from the Mint (although it seems likely the answer is “nope, not eligible”). Even if you think you’re ineligible, though, go ahead and give it a shot. Which is worse: wasting a moment’s effort, or not trying and then finding out later that you were eligible after all? ❑