EDITOR NOTE: If you tried ordering Morgan and Peace Dollars directly from the US Mint. chances are that your efforts got disrupted. The source of the disruption was neither glitch, error nor human. The Mint pre-order window was taken over by Bots, short for software bots. Actually, depending on their design, they’re more human than you think. They can imitate you, impersonate you, steal your data, or simply crash a website. These particular Bots were designed to conduct transactions. The sheer traffic, competing against human buyers, was enough to prompt the Mint to close the pre-order window and reschedule it. Unfortunately, the efficiency of using digital online tech to order precious metals is beset by the same technologies that can disrupt financial and other online systems. The good news is once you have your order, the gold or silver you own goes directly into a private depository of your choosing. The less your exposure to digital financial accounts and transactions, the better and safer for your hard-earned wealth.
During the initial pre-order window for the Morgan & Peace Dollars, the Mint experienced an extraordinarily high volume of BOT traffic. These BOTs were programmed to conduct technology-driven transactions which caused significant interference with many transactions by Mint customers.
To address the issue, the Mint paused the pre-order windows for the remaining Morgan and Peace products until the BOT issues could be resolved. The Mint has now identified a solution that we expect will mitigate most of the issues caused by BOT traffic. Although we are working diligently to put that solution in place, the launch dates for American Eagle Silver and Gold Coins will also be affected. To further increase the opportunity to purchase these high demand products, the Mint will also adjust the household order limits for the new American Eagle Silver and Gold Coins and the remaining Morgan and Peace silver dollars. While these steps will mitigate the impact of BOT traffic and improve overall access to these very popular products, the supply of silver still limits the U.S. Mint’s ability to completely satisfy demand. As a result, not everyone will be able to purchase the coins of their choice.
The revised launch schedules are presented below. Please note the decision to move the American Eagle Silver and Gold product launches ahead of the remaining Morgan and Peace pre-order windows. This decision was based on the Morgan and Peace products’ unavailability to ship until October. Moving up the American Eagle products creates the least disruption for our customers. Our intent is to greatly improve on our ability to deliver the utmost positive U.S. Mint experience that our customers deserve.
The launch dates for the newly-redesigned American Eagle Silver and Gold Coins are as follows:
American Eagle SILVER PROOF COIN – W (21EAN), originally scheduled to go on sale 7/1, will now go on sale 7/20
American Eagle GOLD PROOF 1 OZ (21EBN), GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ (21ECN), GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ. (21EDN), GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ. (21EEN), and GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET (21EFN), originally scheduled to go on sale 7/8, will now go on sale 7/29
American Eagle GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ 2-COIN SET (NUMBERED COA) (21XK), originally scheduled to go on sale 7/29 will now go on sale 8/5
American Eagle SILVER PROOF COIN – S (21EMN), on sale date was moved up from 8/16 to 8/12
The pre-order windows for the remaining Morgan and Peace silver dollars are as follows:
Morgan Dollars – SF and D (21XF, 21XG) order window is now 8/3 - 8/17
Morgan Dollar Philly and Peace Dollar (21XE, 21XH) order window is now 8/10 - 8/24
The updated HHOL are as follows:
American Eagle SILVER PROOF COIN (W) – New Design – 21EAN, HHOL = 3
American Eagle GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ 2–COIN SET (NUMBERED COA) – 21XK, HHOL = 1
American Eagle SILVER PROOF COIN (S) – 21EMN, HHOL = 3
American Eagle SILVER UNCIRCULATED (W) – 21EGN, HHOL = 3
Morgan Dollar (SF) – 21XF, HHOL = 3
Morgan Dollar (D) – 21XG, HHOL = 3
Morgan Dollar Philly – 21XE, HHOL = 3
Peace Dollar – 21XH, HHOL = 3
Originally posted on United States Mint