Lincoln Set of Proofs Sells Out in Two Days
By Numismatic News
sellout punctuated by temporary failure of the
U.S. Mint’s Web site and a backed up telephone
system characterized the offering of the Lincoln
Coin and Chronicles set that began at noon
Eastern Daylight Time Oct. 15.
There were 50,000 of the sets available to
collectors. They contain a proof Lincoln
commemorative silver dollar and proof examples
of each of the four 2009 Lincoln cent designs
struck in a 95 percent copper alloy. It was
priced at $55.95.
As of 5 p.m. on the first day, the total
purchased was 29,919 sets.
There was no equivalent figure for the second
day, a Friday.
All the Mint would say is that a sellout was
achieved over the weekend, though orders were
accepted for some days afterward from collectors
who were willing to be put on a waiting list.
These orders would be filled only should earlier
orders get canceled.
Overall, the Mint said it had a total of 51,000
orders in hand when it declared a sellout. This
number will be reduced to the 50,000 maximum as
problematic purchases get weeded out.
The Mint posted an apology on its Web site for
the ordering problems online.
“Unfortunately, the United States Mint Web site
did not perform as expected when the popular
2009 Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set went on
sale at noon Eastern Time on Oct. 15. We
sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and
frustration many of you may have experienced
while attempting to purchase this and other
products using our online catalog.”
A Mint spokesman said they were searching for a
new chief information officer to lead an upgrade
of the Web site.
Functionality was restored later in the
“Three hours after attempting to enter the site,
I was successful and able to order the limit of
one set, place it in my ‘shopping cart’ and
completed my transaction,” Numismatic News
reader Ed Russell of Hanover, Pa., wrote of his
online experience Oct. 15.
“I got one ordered at 9:12 a.m. Pacific Time, 12
minutes after they went on sale, but it was not
a fun experience,” wrote Harv Laser of Torrance,
He also noted that shipping seems to be
occurring quickly. He said his credit card was
debited Oct. 19 and he was assigned a tracking
number Oct. 20.
The breakdown of the first day’s sales numbers
show that 76 percent of orders were placed
online and 24 percent by telephone. There was a
limit of one order per household for these sets.