U.S. Mint Postpones Release of Air Force Silver Medal

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Shortly before its scheduled launching, the United States Mint announced that it postponed the release of the 2.5-ounce U.S. Air Force Silver Medal.

U.S. Mint images Air Force Silver Medal - obverse and reverse
U.S. Mint product images of the U.S. Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal

The U.S. Mint stated that the projected demand for the product — the first from its Armed Forces Silver Medal Program which celebrates the five branches of the military — surpasses its supply. The Mint noted the delayed release will provide time to improve its online ordering system for high-demand products, but added it would still be unable to meet the demand for the medal.

"Not everyone will be able to purchase this medal," the Mint said.

The U.S. Mint’s entire statement follows:

U.S. Mint Delays Release of United States Mint Air Force Silver Medal

The U.S. Mint today announced that it will delay the release of the United States Mint Air Force Silver Medal, originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, until mid-July.

The total number of "Remind Me" email/text notifications received by the Mint indicates that demand for the Mint’s Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal — the first in its new Armed Forces Silver Medal Series — will exceed inventory, as the projected demand is greater than supply.

Other recent silver product offerings have resulted in an extraordinarily high volume of BOT traffic. These BOTs were programmed to conduct technology-driven transactions which interfered with the transactions of many Mint customers.

The Mint has identified a solution that is expected to mitigate most of the issues caused by BOT traffic. We are working diligently to put that solution in place, as it will enable our website to function more smoothly. Even this robust effort to improve product access remains limited by demand, which continues to outpace our supply of silver blanks. As a result, not everyone will be able to purchase this medal.

A one-ounce version of the Air Force Silver Medal (SAF1) will be available next year, and customers may now request "Remind Me" notifications for that medal.

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Gary

I’m retired Air Force and my wife was also in the Air Force (13 years). I’ve been waiting for 2 years go get this. The Mint just keeps pushing it back and pushing it back. It was listed late last night as going on sale today. I was planning on sitting right at the computer at noon to get one. I woke up this morning and it had been yanked off the site. What in the world is going on at the Mint? Between this and the Morgan situation, it seems like nobody competent is in charge over there. Maybe… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

Considering the fact that the remaining four 100th Anniversary Silver Morgan and Peace Dollars have at this point already been postponed indefinitely, possibly into 2022 or beyond, I don’t think you’re very far off, Gary, in proposing that the release of the 2 1/2 ounce Air Force Silver Medal, and who knows how many other allegedly upcoming Mint products, could now be taking place next year or for all we know even much later. I believe that at this juncture the Mint is simply engaging in a fruitless policy of constantly shifting from one stalling maneuver to another by employing… Read more »

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Mike Hunt

Know how to keep a Turkey in suspense? The Mint will tell you later ….

Kaiser Wilhelm

If you bear in mind that only a single turkey – the one traditionally pardoned by the President – has any chance of surviving past Thanksgiving, I wouldn’t think there’s all the much suspense in their lives.

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Seth Riesling

This is actually the second time this U.S. Air Force medal has been postponed on the Mint’s schedule this year. And the Mint did not even have the mintage listed till Friday at 10,000 medals at $160 each with a household limit of 1 medal. It does NOT have a Mint mark on it & it is NOT a Proof, just an uncirculated matte finish. It’s very highly overpriced with silver under $26 an ounce!

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Good call regarding the Mint’s pricing of this item, Seth. That $160 for this 2 1/2 ounce Air Force silver medal extended out to 5 ounces would be $320, which happens to be a full $81 dollars more than the Mint charges for the 5 ounce burnished ATB silver coin.

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Jake

I still think the jump on Presidential bronze medals was a bit extreme. You know what makes bronze, tin and copper. That’s highway robbery!

Kaiser Wilhelm

My thought, Jake, is that by making all of their bronze metals so incredibly pricey even compared to the silver ones the Mint is trying to kill the entire bronze metal program. I realize it’s a high profit line of theirs but I doubt that it’s very lucrative volume-wise. We’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out.

Matthew Ruedel

That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The demand is too high? Then why did they go from an unlimited mintage to 10,000? Boy oh boy, the Mint is rapidly going straight down the toilet.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Maybe I missed something in regard to this one, but I wasn’t aware that the Air Force Medal was to have an unlimited mintage. I believe that open ended production applies to the bronze medals but not necessarily to the silver ones, especially at 2 1/2 ounces.

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Matthew Ruedel

When it was given a release date there was no mintage limit on the post. That only showed up when it was put on the TBA list.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I believe I understand now how the discrepancy has arisen here, Matthew, and not just in this case but similar ones. What causes so much of the confusion is whether or not “No Mintage Limit” means the same thing as “unlimited mintage”, and it in fact does not. “No Mintage Limit” indicates only that no specific mint run has been set for a particular coin; it does not in any way signify that there will be an endless minting of that specific coin.

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Connie C Scarrow

I have just about given up on collecting from the USMint. My late husband was an Air Force retiree and I have looked forward to getting this medal to go in a display of his medals and awards. Seems that is not going to happen. This is not my first disappointment with lack of product availability from the mint but it just may be my final disappointment with them.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I am consistently of mixed mind when it comes to my “relationship” with the Mint and how much I am going to let my ongoing frustration and annoyance regarding the virtual impossibility of acquiring some of the most desirable coins from that source determine what my decision will be as to whether or not to continue to add to my collection. Whatever the case, I wish you good luck with that purchase, Connie.

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Seth Riesling

Connie C. Scarrow –

If you cannot get one from the U.S. Mint, try this…The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which I toured, has a major, large gift shop on their property. Maybe their gift shop buyer will get some in stock at some point. Look them up on their website. I am an Air Force/NSA brat of 20 years… Good Luck to you!

NumisdudeTX

Rooster

This medal may have sold out. At least everyone that wanted one had a chance.