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Mint to Discontinue 350 Items
By US Mint

The US Mint issued a Press release on Monday that announced the following:

“The United States Mint is conducting a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review of its numismatic product portfolio to focus next year on those products collectors most appreciate and order most often.

“We are responding to the collector community which has spoken loudly and clearly,” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. “Customers have told us there are just too many products. We agree, and it’s time the United States Mint trims down and concentrates on the products our customers love most.”

Trimming the 2009 portfolio will afford the United States Mint the opportunity to focus resources on its core products. It will spotlight offerings with broad appeal, such as its annual United States Mint Proof Sets. With fewer products to manufacture, the United States Mint will be able to offer proof sets and other products earlier in the calendar year beginning in 2010, making them available for customers to purchase for more occasions.

The United States Mint relied principally on the number of units sold in determining which products or product lines have been most popular with collectors and other customers. More than 550 individual coin and medal products were evaluated; nearly 200 of those coin and medal products will remain in the new portfolio.

The United States Mint will analyze its products each year to ensure the best portfolio is maintained.”

According to Mint News Blog, the following Products will be discontinued:

American Buffalo Uncirculated Gold Coins - These are the versions offered by the US Mint with the “W” mint mark. All fractional denominations, 4 coin set, and the one ounce coin will be discontinued. No offerings will remain.
American Buffalo Proof Gold Coins - The fractional 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz coins and 4 coin set will be discontinued. Only the one ounce Proof coin will remain.
American Platinum Eagle Uncirculated Coins - These are the versions offered by the US Mint with the “W” mint mark. All fractional denominations, 4 coin set, and the one ounce coin will be discontinued. No offerings will remain.
American Platinum Eagle Proof Coins - The fractional 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz coins and 4 coin set will be discontinued. Only the one ounce Proof coin will remain.
American Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coins - These are the versions offered by the US Mint with the “W” mint mark. The fractional 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz coins and 4 coin set will be discontinued. Only the one ounce Proof coin will remain.
Presidential Dollar Coin Historical Signature Sets
Presidential Dollar Individual Proof Coins
50 State Quarter First Day Coin Covers
Greetings from America Portfolio and Card Sets
Coin and Die Sets
Collectible Spoons
In addition, the Mint announced that it will be holding a Last Chance Sale to clear out old inventory as it moves to a new fulfillment center. Below is the text of that Press Release.

The United States Mint is moving its products to a new fulfillment center and will use the opportunity to clear its shelves and offer several coins, coin sets, bags and rolls for the last time to customers. Additionally, the United States Mint is discontinuing several products that will be offered for the last time. Sales of these products begin Saturday, November 15, 2008, at 12:01 a.m. (ET). Many of these products will never be available again from the United States Mint. The sale will end at 5 p.m. (ET) on December 19, 2008.

The United States Mint is transferring its contractor-operated call center and fulfillment facility from Memphis, TN, and Plano, TX to Plainfield, IN, near Indianapolis. The “Last Chance Sale” is intended to clear as much old inventory as possible from the existing system to facilitate the transfer.

The transition in early January is expected to be seamless, and customers should encounter no service problems. Ordering information via the United States Mint Web site, telephone and by mail will remain the same:

* Online: www.usmint.gov
* Phone: 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), 8 a.m. to midnight (ET) seven days a week. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468), 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
* United States Mint, P.O. Box 71186, Philadelphia, PA 19176-6186.

The “Last Chance Sale” will be a limited-time, first come, first serve offer, available online and by phone. There will be no household order limit. No damaged products will be sold. There will be a seven-day return policy from the date of receipt if the product is delivered to the customer damaged. No returns will be accepted unless a product is damaged in shipment. If a return is made because the product is damaged, the United States Mint cannot guarantee a replacement, and a customer’s payment will be refunded.

The sale of these products will increase previously stated “final” sales figures. For products with a maximum mintage or product limit, the United States Mint will not sell coins or products that exceed the established limit.”
 



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