In a very strong opening, which caused some website issues, the 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set has reached sales of 140,648 as of May 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM ET. This special set contains American Silver Eagles struck at the West Point Mint with reverse proof and enhanced uncirculated finishes.
The pace of orders for the set was so heavy yesterday that for a brief period of time the US Mint’s online catalog went offline and displayed the following message:
The United States Mint is experiencing technical difficulties. During this time period, you will not be able to use the website. To place an order please call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). We apologize for the inconvenience.
Shortly afterwards, the US Mint released the following statement indicating that the online catalog “has not stopped working” and encouraged customers to try to place their orders later.
Our online catalog has not stopped working. However, because of the large number of customers attempting to place orders for the American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set, you may experience delays. This product will be on sale through June 6 and there is no mintage limit, so try later when the site is not experiencing so much traffic. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
The new enhanced uncirculated finish and the fact that the two coins will remain exclusive to the 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set has clearly generated significant excitement with collectors. Since the product will be minted to demand based on orders received during the four week ordering window, this excitement will translate into a higher eventual mintage for the coins.
So far, the pace of orders for the West Point Set is well ahead of last year’s San Francisco Set, which had reached orders of 85,341 by the end of the first day. Eventually sales for this set reached 251,302, which was subsequently adjusted lower to 224,981. I recorded the entire history of daily sales changes in this post.
As mentioned yesterday, the mintage levels for the other special Silver Eagle sets were 248,875 for the 20th Anniversary Set and 100,000 for the 25th Anniversary Set. If the pace of orders remains high for the West Point Set, it may end up with the highest mintage of the four anniversary sets.