Early sales are in for the 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency Set. The United States Mint said 44,344, or 49.3% of the allotted 90,000, were claimed in the first day.
The sets launched on Monday at noon ET. A flurry of activity in buying them early paralyzed the Mint’s website. Ordering them during the first 30 minutes was a tedious affair for nearly everyone. The U.S. Mint’s site returned to normal shortly afterwards with ordering smooth and hassle-free. The Mint’s technical team is looking into why issues happened.
"We are investigating the problems with our web site and apologize for the inconvenience this caused our customers," Adam Stump, deputy director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, said in an email on Monday at 3:56 PM ET.
Last year’s set had a limit of 50,000 and sold out quickly. They launched with little fanfare on Nov. 20, 2014 but interest in them soared when collectors learned that they held an enhanced uncirculated coin from Denver featuring special wire-brushed and laser-frosted details.
Presented in a tri-fold folder, this year’s set includes an exclusive West Point Mint-struck 2015 Native American $1 Coin in a special enhanced uncirculated finish and a Series 2013 $1 Federal Reserve note from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The coin features a reverse design depicting a Mohawk ironworker. The note has a beginning serial number of "911" in honor of the Mohawk Ironworkers’ recovery efforts after the collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers in 2001.
Priced at $14.95, the U.S. Mint’s product page for the Coin and Currency Set is right here. There is an ordering limit of five sets per household.