U.S. Mint officials settled on 100,000 sets for the maximum issue
of 2011 25th Anniversary American Eagle Silver Coin Sets based on the
availability of sufficient blanks and production capacity at the three
Mint production facilities where the coins for the sets were struck,
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Dec. 8.
White said the production limit for the Anniversary set was a
business decision based on many factors, “including reserving
sufficient blanks for the anticipated high demand of the 2011
September 11 National Medals, and production capacity at our
facilities, especially at Philadelphia where both the American Eagle
Silver Reverse Proof Coin and 2011 September 11 National Medals are minted.”
White added, “Based on our experience with the American Eagle 20th
Anniversary Set [a three-coin set in 2006, limited to 250,000 sets],
the increased cost of silver at the time and the resulting price
point, and the manufacturing constraints for the American Eagle Silver
Reverse Proof being minted at Philadelphia, the decision was made to
limit production of the set to 100,000.”
All 100,000 sets were sold in less than five hours on the opening
day of sales Oct. 27. Mint customers reported encountering problems
ordering the sets both by phone through the Mint’s contracted order
fulfillment center in Indiana and online over the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov.
Each order was restricted to five sets per household, with the
total number of successful orders averaging 3.7 sets per order,
according to Mint officials.
Some Mint customers have asked the Mint to offer additional sets.
White said Dec. 8, “There are no plans to mint any additional sets.”
The Reverse Proof 2011-P American Eagle silver dollar is exclusive
to the set, as is an Uncirculated 2011-S American Eagle silver dollar
struck at the San Francisco Mint. The San Francisco Mint also struck
the American Eagle silver bullion coin without Mint mark that is
included in the set (the same coin is available from the Mint’s
network of authorized distributors).
The Proof and Uncirculated 2011-W American Eagle silver dollars in
the set, struck at the West Point Mint, were offered individually
prior to the release of the set.
The San Francisco and West Point Mints both are striking American
Eagle silver bullion coins for distribution through the U.S. Mint’s
The Proof 2011 National September 11 Memorial and Museum
commemorative medals are being struck at both the Philadelphia Mint
and West Point Mints, with production limited up to no more than 1
million pieces at each facility. The medals went on sale Sept. 8, but
sales figures are well below the maximum mintages. Through Dec. 5, the
U.S. Mint had recorded sales of 61,222 of the Philadelphia Mint
strikes and 94,302 of the West Point Mint strikes.
Production of the national medals must end Dec. 31, 2012, no
cut-off date for sales is mandated.
Anniversary set sales review
White said United States Mint officials are conducting a review of
the development, promotion and release of the 25th Anniversary set.
“As we indicated several weeks ago after the product sold out, we
are fully aware of the difficulties many of our customers faced with
the release of the American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver Coin Set,”
White said Dec. 8. “We have undertaken an aggressive review of how we
brought the product to market so we can better serve all of our
customers in the future.”
According to White in the statement made Dec. 8, the United States
Mint’s deputy director, Richard Peterson, “has also directed that the
Mint review all future product offerings to ensure that we apply to
them the lessons we learned from the marketing of the American Eagle
25th Anniversary Silver Coin Set.” ■