While it cannot be listed as “sold out” just yet, the 2017 Enhanced
Uncirculated Coin set went to “currently unavailable” status within
minutes after it went on sale at noon ET on Aug. 1. (See update here.)
The change in status came several hours before the set was to be
made available at the U.S. Mint booth on the bourse floor of the
American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver. The
set was also being sold in the sales areas of the Philadelphia and
Denver Mints, and at Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Coin World senior editor Paul Gilkes, on hand at the Denver
Mint when the sets went on sale at 10 a.m. MT, said there was no line
and that customers could buy the 20 sets maximum being permitted per
transaction and then return to the sales counter to buy more.
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said this at 12:37 p.m. ET,
responding to Coin World’s inquiry about the set’s
availability: “As is our standard procedure, we cannot confirm that
until we have all the order reconciliations taken care of; we will go
with ‘unavailable’ until then.”
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As of 1 p.m. ET Aug. 1, the set should be available at physical
locations, but is not at the Mint website or through the Mint
telephone ordering line.
Gilkes reported that, at the ANA convention’s opening in Denver at 1
p.m. MT, 100 people were in line at the Mint booth. He said that
purchases at the convention are being limited to 500 sets per person.
This article was updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Aug. 1 to reflect the
market for the sets at the opening of the ANA convention. It further
updated at 1:13 p.m. ET Aug. 2 to add an image.