The 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set sold out within about 15 minutes of its noon Eastern Time Aug. 11 sales launch despite the U.S. Mint imposing a household ordering limit of two sets.
The set had a product release limit of 17,000 sets, each priced at $57.95.
The eBay auction site had confirmed sales as of Aug. 13 of Eisenhower sets in their original Mint packaging for between $250 and $400 per set.
The sellout of the Eisenhower set follows the June 30 sellout, in 15 minutes, of the 17,000 2015 Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicles set, which had a household ordering limit of five sets.
The two sets are in demand by dealers and collectors because the Reverse Proof 2015-P Presidential dollar and 1-ounce .999 fine silver Presidential medal in each set are exclusive to the sets and not available for sale individually. The sets also include a U.S. postage stamp and information booklet on the featured president.
The sets have been made available only through the Mint’s website and via telephone at 800-872-6468.
None were made available at the sales outlet at U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., or contracted sales centers at the Denver and Philadelphia Mints.
Some Website problems
The Aug. 11 sales were not executed without technical difficulties with the website at www.usmint.gov.
Adam Stump, deputy director of the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, issued the following statement at 1:45 p.m. ET Aug. 11: “The main United States Mint web page, www.usmint.gov, was down from 12:04 p.m. to 12:21 p.m. due to an issue with a computer application unrelated to the launch of the 2015 Coin & Chronicles set — Dwight D. Eisenhower.