Wait for first gold Proof Kennedy 'worth every second,' while 'chaos' described further down the line

The first folks waited for nearly 12 hours
By , Coin World
Published : 08/05/14
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Updated at 8:36 a.m. Central Time Wednesday

All U.S. Mint cash registers should be working today, at least for credit cards, U.S. Mint retail marketing specialist Jospehine Campbell said at the conclusion of Tuesday's gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy half dollar sales. 

Campbell led the team of retail workers checking out purchasers on Tuesday. 

At one point Tuesday, one of the three U.S. Mint cash registers stopped working, causing a slowdown in check-outs. Campbell said by the end of the day, the down register was accepting credit cards only. She said she hoped it would be back up and running in full Wednesday, but it will at least be accepting credit cards. 

She said other than the register, her end of the purchasing process had a smooth first day. 

"Once [customers] are here, it goes with the flow," Campbell said. 

She thought this release was an especially fun one to work because of the personal connections the Kennedy half dollar has with so many people.

"It has a lot of personal ties to folks," Campbell said. "That's what really makes it special."

4:40 p.m. Central Time Tuesday

The final group of 20 to 30 gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy half dollar purchasers are moving through the U.S. Mint register area, nearly six hours after the first purchase was made. 

U.S. Mint deputy director of corporate communications Adam Stump said a down register led to a slowdown in the middle of the day.

The Mint had designated two registers for Kennedy purchases and one for all others. At around 2:30 p.m., with one of the Kennedy registers malfunctioning, the Mint went to two Kennedy registers and zero for other purchases for a period of time. 

Stump said the latter part of the day went relatively smooth other than a few issues with purchasers being underage or one person trying to pay for more than one coin on behalf of others in line with them.

1:02 p.m. Central Time

The first day of sales for the gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy half dollar at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money has gone according to plan, so far, Stump said Tuesday afternoon.

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