The United States Mint has posted the opening order count for the 2012 San Francisco Silver Eagle Set. The total number of units ordered is listed as 85,341.
Sales for the eagerly awaited set containing proof and reverse proof 2012-S Silver Eagles began yesterday at 12:00 Noon ET. Many readers reported slow response time from the US Mint’s website and busy phone lines. Later in the afternoon, the US Mint’s website appears to have crashed for a brief period.
Despite the apparent rush of customer orders, total sales after more than 24 hours of availability are still below the sales of 100,000 units that was achieved for the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets after about five hours. A possible reason might be the greater degree of speculative buying for the 25th Anniversary Set, with many people ordering multiple sets for re-sale. For the present offering, customers may have been satisfied with purchasing only the sets they intend to keep in their collection.
Another factor is that the San Francisco Sets will remain available for the next four weeks with no threat of a sell out. Some customers might be taking their time to place orders, rather fight against the US Mint server/phone delays.
Sales of the 2012 San Francisco Silver Eagle Set will continue until July 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET. The sales odometer that the US Mint has posted on the product page will be updated each day around 3:00 PM ET with the latest sales total, as it also counts down the number of days left to place orders.