How Do I Buy Coins Directly from the U.S. Mint?
Buying coins directly from the United States Mint can save coin collectors a lot of money versus buying your coins from a coin dealer. How does one go about buying directly from the United States government mint?
Ordering Online or over the Phone
The easiest way to buy from the U.S. Mint is via their Web site, usmint.gov. You can also buy through the toll-free ordering line, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The U.S. Mint usually sells only current coins and coin sets, although you can often find the previous year's coins and sets for sale, too. Some of the most popular U.S. Mint offerings include the annual Proof Sets, Uncirculated Coin Sets, bags and rolls of America the Beautiful Quarters, and collector's versions of the American Eagle coins such as Silver Eagles and Gold Eagles. The bullion versions of these coins (meant for investing in the precious metals themselves, rather than the numismatic value of the coins) must be purchased from coin dealers.
Be wary of U.S. Mint lookalikes who advertise their coins in a misleading way, as if they're really the official government mint, releasing new issues direct from government vaults. These companies charge high premiums over the price you'd pay if you bought the coins and sets direct. Several companies are advertising the Presidential Dollars for almost $10 each.
Limited Production Coins
Occasionally, the United States Mint produces coins with the limited availability. This usually causes a frenzy in the market. People will "hover" on the website until the exact moment when the sales start. Other people will try to use the telephone to place the order. During times of high-volume traffic on the website there have been some issues that have sold out in as little as six minutes!
The United States Mint has been widely criticized for not producing enough coins to meet collector demand. Additionally, some large-volume coin dealers will pay people to order the coins and then send the coins directly to the coin dealer. Although this may be unethical, it is not illegal.
Also, during the high volume and limited production coin rushes, people trying to place their order using the telephone usually find themselves empty-handed. The best way to order these coins directly from the United States Mint is via the mint's website.
For annual coin sets and individual coins that are produced on an annual basis, The United States Mint allows you to subscribe to those particular series. For example, if you order a United States Proof Set every year, the mint will automatically bill your credit card and send you the set when it becomes available.
This way, you do not have to "hover" on the mint's website or remember to call in your order via the telephone. You will also be the first to receive your coins and sets before everyone else. Remember, not all coins and sets are available for a subscription. Please check the mint's website for more details.
Commemorative Coins and Coin Sets
Commemorative coins and sets issued by the United States Mint are also available for purchase directly from the mint.
They are released throughout the year depending upon the production schedule at the mint. On the menu banner near the top of the page you can click on the "Product Schedule" link to see when the next available commemorative coins will be available for sale. If a production schedule has not been established yet, you may see "TBD" (To Be Determined).
Edited by: James Bucki