The U.S. Mint's Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set sold out
within approximately 15 minutes on Aug. 11, repeating the sales
performance of the Truman set, which also sold out in about the same
amount of time.
LATEST: Mint reports website problems during sale of
Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set
Collector reaction was the same. Within a few minutes of the sellout
of the Eisenhower set, Coin World began receiving telephone
calls and email from readers who were angry because they had been
unsuccessful in placing an order. One collector, via email, related
his experiences in attempting (unsuccessfully) to order the set
online. He had to verify his billing information, which was a surprise
since that information was already in his profile. Another reader
indicated in email that, "This 'rarities while you wait' attitude
is not good for the hobby." A caller, also unable to order one of
the sets, said he wouldn't be attempting to purchase the remaining
2015 Coin and Chronicle sets honoring John F. Kennedy and Lyndon
The edition size for the Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson sets were
initially the same, at 17,000 units each. After the Truman set sold
outt, the edition size for the Kennedy set was raised significantly,
to 50,000, twice the initial intended offering of 25,000, and Jon
Cameron, the Mint’s acting associate director of sales and marketing,
said Aug. 11 that the maximum release for the Johnson set is being
raised to 25,000.
After the 15-minute sellout of the Truman set, Mint officials
lowered the household limits from five for the Truman set to two for
the Eisenhower set. A two-set limit was also announced for the Kennedy set.
Coin World will have more in-depth coverage of the sellout of
the Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set in the days ahead.