The United States Mint has started shipping the 2012 San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets for some early orders placed by collectors.
Sales of the product containing the 2012-S Proof and 2012-S Reverse Proof Silver Eagles initially went on sale June 7, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET. Orders were only accepted during a four week window ending on July 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET.
The last reported order count of 251,302 was posted on the product page on July 6. The US Mint has not provided any updates to the order count. As discussed previously, it is possible that additional units may be added to the total from orders sent by mail which were post marked by the deadline but not yet received or processed. It is also possible that units may be subtracted from the total due to order cancellations and returns. Also, the US Mint has indicated that the sales number is unaudited, “so it is an approximation.”
I placed an order for my set by website on June 7, 2012 around 1:30 PM ET, just after the opening of sales. The Track Order function of the US Mint’s website is now showing my set as shipped on July 27, 2012. Some other readers have also indicated that the status of their order has changed to shipped.
The earliest orders placed should be the earliest orders shipped. Orders placed near the end of the window may ship much later. When sales concluded on July 5, the expected shipping date was indicated as October 31.
Separately, a few sources have confirmed that the 2012-S Reverse Proof Silver Eagle will remain exclusive to the San Francisco Set. It will not be offered for sale individually or within other sets.
As reported previously, the 2012-S Proof Silver Eagle will be included within the Making American History Coin and Currency Set, scheduled for release on August 7, 2012.