The U.S. Mint’s Dec. 12 launch of a 2013 Limited Edition Silver
Proof set will coincide with the debut of the Mint’s new website
waiting room feature.
The waiting room feature is designed to improve customer
experiences during sales of high-demand products.
The 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof set combines the Proof
2013-W American Eagle 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar with the seven
.900 fine silver coins that are also included in the standard 2013-S
Silver Proof set. The new set is limited to a maximum of 50,000
eight-coin sets and will be offered at $139.95 per set.
The Mint is placing no restrictions on the number of 2013 Limited
Edition Silver Proof sets any one household may order.
The Proof silver American Eagle in the set is struck at the West
Point Mint in New York. The Proof Roosevelt dime, Kennedy half dollar
and America the Beautiful quarter dollars in the set are struck at the
San Francisco Mint.
The quarter dollars bear reverse designs representing White
Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire), Perry’s Victory and
International Peace Memorial (Ohio), Great Basin National Park
(Nevada), Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
(Maryland) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota).
The Proof 2013-W American Eagle silver dollar was previously
offered separately for $52.95, but the option is reported by the U.S.
Mint as sold out. As of press time, the Mint reported unaudited sales
of 868,520 coins.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Dec. 5 that sales figure
does not include the maximum 50,000 2013-W American Eagles being made
available in the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof set.
The standard 2013-S Silver Proof set, as of Dec. 6, is available
for purchase separately for $53.95. In addition to the seven silver
Proof coins, the set also includes the copper-plated zinc Lincoln
cent, copper-nickel Jefferson 5-cent coin, the Native American dollar,
and Presidential dollars bearing portraits of William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson.
The 2013 coins included in any sets sold by the Mint cannot be
struck after Dec. 31, 2013, although the numismatic product options,
at the Mint’s discretion, can be sold into 2014 if product remains.
Online waiting room
At the Mint’s website, an online waiting room is being employed,
designed to alleviate website slowdowns and crashes that can occur
when a high-demand product is released, according to Mint officials.
The waiting-room feature will be used on a product-by-product basis.
The waiting room concept was tested with customers, according to
U.S. Mint officials, and received positive responses.
At 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time Dec. 12, the Mint’s catalog website
will be closed to customers for all products. “Customers who enter the
Mint’s website during this time will enter the pre-launch waiting
room,” according to the Mint.
“Customers who come to the online catalog during a high-demand
product release can enter the waiting room to ‘get in line’ to enter
the website and make their purchase,” according to U.S. Mint
officials. “The waiting room will tell customers how long they have to
wait before entering the catalog website. While in the waiting room,
they may open other tabs in their browser or another browser window to
visit other websites.”
The option exists for customers to leave the website and come back
later to shop when the site has less traffic, but by doing so,
customers will lose their place in line when closing the waiting room
Orders for the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof set will be
accepted at the bureau’s online catalog at www.usmint.gov/catalog or
by telephone at 1-800-872-6468.
Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may
order by calling 1-888-321-6468.
A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic