US Mint Updates Product Status Descriptions

by CoinNews.net on April 20, 2015 · 7 comments

The United States Mint has completed their roll-out of updated status descriptions that are tagged to certain products on their online store. They complement status changes made in December that added some clarity to products that had sold out.

Currently Unavailable US Mint Status Message

This pop-up window shows the Mint’s new online language for currently unavailable products, like the 2015 U.S. Marshals 225th Anniversary Three-Coin Set.

These revised descriptions are in addition to the product being in stock and available.

  • This Item on Backorder – "Learn" text as follows: This item is available to be ordered now, but it is not currently in stock. Additional inventory is being made. Please add the item to your cart to see when additional inventory is expected to be available.
  • Currently Unavailable (with a "REMIND ME" button) – "Learn" text as follows: We are currently out of this item, but more may be available later. Provide your email using the "REMIND ME" button and we will let you know when we are taking orders again.
  • Sold Out (no "REMIND ME" button) – "Learn" text as follows: This item is no longer in stock and is no longer available for sale.

Visit the United States Mint’s online coin store at www.usmint.gov/catalog.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Boz April 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

So has anyone ever gotten an email after requesting a reminder or us the system still under construction?

Whistler April 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Realy, I have left 4 different item reminders, I have NEVER got an email from the mint on this, take a survey yes….this stuff, or other useful things, the mint STINKS!

chuck April 20, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Interesting.When the mint shows something as “out of stock” from a prior year do they just mint more and is this not unlawful? Do not blame them for wanting to sell what they minted but suggest they at least disclose what was legally minted in the year they likely should have been minted. (if there is no such limit on when something can be minted there is no sense in buying any coins.) I admit I was burned by them in the “golden medallion program” when they had “strict rules” but by the way then offered “sets” which based on their representations could/should have been “unlawful”. (of course none of my three elitist (of the 435) could did explain this). My solution simply is everything should be available by subscription and limited for others to a reasonable time (not entering into a new year).

chuck April 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Correction. Sorry meant “535 elitist” not “435”. At least believe unlike others there are only “50”states” in USA—if wrong on this too—please let me know.

Tinto April 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

@Boz

Never got a reminder even though I read on other sources that the products came back on sale after I had used the reminder button . the only thing I got out of it is more email from the Mint about upcoming products ….

Jeff April 21, 2015 at 12:37 am

A couple of points regarding ‘Out of stock’ items.
1) A ‘product’ may be out of stock because one or more of its constituent parts is temporarily unavailable. Recently that was demonstrated by the Coin and Currency set which sat in the out of stock mode because BEP could not (or did not) produce dollar bills of adequate quality (according to the mint) to meet the mint’s requirements. This lapse allowed for cancellations which then allowed others to order them, yet they were,for the most part, delivered in 2015, not 2014.
2) Packaging is a well-documented cause of items being out of stock. However, any coins which would be held in that packaging must be struck during the authorized period. Hence any 2014 coins for the LESPS were struck in 2014 and held in reserve until the packaging became available.

jim April 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

Looks to me like “out of stock” and “currently unavailable” are identical – at least the supporting text is. Even the article’s text says Out of Stock is for Currently Unavailable. It’s unclear why the website is using both. I’m guessing more than one group of designers/implementers were working on the project and didn’t communicate to each other hence two phrases that mean the same thing.

I used the Remind Me button, got no response, but got the item because I saw numbers changing in the weekly volume update. Diligence in pursuit paid off.

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