It distresses me that so many collectors are stating that they will
no longer buy from the U.S. Mint because they were unable to order a
set of the American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver Coin sets.
I, too, spent half a day trying to order, and several times I made
it as far as the checkout before being bounced off the website. I
still kept on trying till about 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time when I
took a break. About 5:30 Eastern Time I tried again and got through
finally around 6:00 p.m. I received an order number and a ship date
for the one set I ordered.
I received three more emails from the Mint stating that the
shipment date would be rolled back, the last one stating Dec. 12.
I was sure that my order would be canceled as time went on. Much
to my surprise, on Dec. 10 I received shipment confirmation, and on
Monday I received my one set I ordered.
It is beautiful and well worth the money I spent on it.
I consider myself lucky to have one.
As a collector I understand the frustration many felt, as I felt
it too. Several times during the afternoon I wanted to quit because I
figured I would not get through. I knew I was going up against
investors and dealers, but, my friends, that is the nature of our
hobby today. Nothing can change that.
We have allowed the dealers and speculators to run rampant over
the hobbyist. The prevailing mind set seems to be if it ain’t slabbed
and stickered it ain’t. Profit is king as many dealers and investors
are turning a nice profit for these coins. But there again, I say it
is our fault as grassroots hobbyists for not speaking up and for
allowing our hobby to become what it is today. Money talks!
If I did not get a set I would be disappointed, but I would not
quit the hobby or stop ordering from the U.S. Mint on occasion. We all
knew the set would be hot, and that the phone lines and the website
would be tied up. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone, based on comments in
I was lucky enough to get the 2001 American Buffalo commemorative
silver dollar set that sold out also.
Congratulations to those that received their sets.
To those that didn’t and are true hobbyists, hang in there. Don’t
John Cooper first became interested in coins in 1976 with the
Bicentennial silver issues. He did not start collecting much more than
that until 1983 when he left the service. His collecting interests
are: Proof and Mint sets and silver American Eagles in Mint State. He
also has a deep interest in putting together a 20th century type set,
which he is working on.