system error with the U.S. Mint's website allowed for the public sale and delivery
of 146 Proof 2015-S U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary half
dollars up to a month before their scheduled Jan. 29 release.
the United States Mint learned of the problem, the causes were quickly
identified and immediately remediated," Adam Stump, the U.S.
Mint's deputy director for the Office of Corporate Communications,
responded to Coin World by email Jan. 14. "The Mint is in
the process of making changes to our system and our processes and
procedures to ensure that this situation does not re-occur."
York dealer Eli Meisels was able to purchase and receive delivery for
99 of the copper-nickel clad half dollars. Meisels took all 99 coins
to the Jan 8 to 11 Florida United Numismatists convention in
Orlando where Numismatic Guaranty Corp. graded and
encapsulated Meisels' coins with a custom label tied to their
certification at the convention.
provided the following email responses Jan. 14 to Coin World's
inquiry about the early releases:
United States Mint has found that some 2015 U.S. Marshals Service
225th Anniversary Coins were inadvertently ordered and shipped to a
few customers prior to the scheduled on-sale date of Jan. 29, 2015.
early sales are the result of a system error that has been corrected.
sales of 146 coins occurred between Dec. 23, 2014, and Jan. 5, 2015.
coins sold were all U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Proof
copper-nickel clad half dollars.
U.S. Marshals 225th Anniversary Commemorative
Coins will be available as scheduled at noon (Eastern Time) on
Jan. 29, 2015.
the coins sold, 26 coins were sold to 12 customers in 2014. The United
States Mint is working with these customers, our legal counsel and the
recipient organizations for this program to ensure that sales for
these coins comply with legislative requirements regarding surcharges.
noted that the system error did not allow for placement of any orders
for the Uncirculated copper-nickel clad half dollars, or Proof and
Uncirculated versions of the gold $5 coins or silver dollars.
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