The United States
Mint will not “three-peat” during the fall Whitman Baltimore
It does not plan to sell the four-coin set of
Kennedy silver half dollars at the convention, even though the expo,
which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, begins just after the Oct. 28
launch of sales for the silver half dollar set.
Mint does begin sales of the set, the four-coin 2014 50th Anniversary
Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection, through its online and
telephone order system, it plans to have 150,000 sets available for
immediate delivery, U.S. Mint spokesman Mike White said Sept. 4.
The decision not to sell the four-coin set at the Baltimore
show is a departure from recent history.
The Mint has
launched sales at major coin shows in two high-profile coin programs
twice in 2014, prompting widespread media coverage, strong sales for
the Mint, quick profit-taking by some buyers, and criticism from
various parties about disruptive crowds seeking to buy the
The first program launch was at the spring Whitman
Baltimore Expo, held March 27 to 30. The Mint began selling the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins
at the show, where long lines of buyers queued up for hours to buy the
limited quantities of the gold $5 coins and silver dollars made
The second program launch was at the August American
Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
Sales of the gold version of the 2014 Kennedy half dollar at that
venue also attracted long lines of people, some of whom waited hours to buy the coins, made
it difficult for others to attend convention activities.
The U.S. Mint ended sales at the ANA show two days early after an
unruly crowd rushing to the entrance of the Denver Mint on Aug. 7 to
buy the same gold half dollars, caused safety concerns for officials.
READ: Denver TV affiliate catches stampede for gold
Kennedy half dollars at Mint facility on tape
Experiences during the ANA convention led Mint officials to
re-evaluate such program launches, so it may not be a surprise that
officials decided against a sales offering at the fall Baltimore Expo.
“The United States Mint fully intends on evaluating its recent
presence at the World’s Fair of Money and the launch of the John F.
Kennedy Gold Proof Half-Dollar,” Tom Jurkowsky, director of the Mint
Office of Corporate Communications, said Aug. 11. “Appropriate staff
members will convene to discuss lessons learned and how best to
proceed with similar coin launches in the future.”
Some in the collecting community were critical of the sales of the
coins at the March and August coin shows, though the most criticism
was directed at the sales of the gold half dollar in August.
At the Baltimore and Rosemont shows, grading services ANACS,
Professional Coin Grading Service
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. all
offered special convention labels for coins sold at those two venues.
Mint officials limited the number of Baseball Hall of Fame coins and
gold Kennedy half dollars that could be purchased in a single
transaction at each show. However, dealers circumvented the
restrictions by either hiring surrogates to stand in line to buy coins
or by offering purchasers fast profits.
When the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin
Collection goes on sale, it will be through the Mint’s traditional
venues, where it will be offered at $99.95.
Visit the U.S. Mint
website for details on ordering the Kennedy set when it goes on sale.
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