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2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals

 
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 Posted 02/21/2018  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Is this another harbinger of the future? Are we going to see more of these "you order first, then we'll make it" programs? Is this a good marketing technique? Do you like it or not?
Well, it does save them from having to recycle unsold product. That saves money from being wasted, so it is a good thing for their bottom line. Is it good for collectors? Probably does not matter. For investors? Not sure.
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 Posted 02/21/2018  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I accept that we collectors are a herd to be milked; but do they have to squeeze so hard?


Collectors aren't their sales target. They would rather sell in bulk to dealers and let the dealers worry about individual shipments. They obviously can't say only dealers can buy these with most products, but they would love it if that's what actually happened.


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The other "new" thing that the Mint did with these coin/medal pairs was the mint to order program. This may have been tried previously, but I don't recall it if it was.


They have done that before. One that comes to mind was one of the special ASE sets. That set ended up having huge cancellations after long waits waiting for them to start shipping. I believe something like 10-15% of total sales ended up being canceled with those

Their you order then we will make it could be viable if they can get them out in a week or two. If they take months every time it will get old fast

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 Posted 02/21/2018  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CollegeBarbers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One that comes to mind was one of the special ASE sets. That set ended up having huge cancellations after long waits waiting for them to start shipping. I believe something like 10-15% of total sales ended up being canceled with those

I wonder how many cancellations will occur with these WWI medal sets given the 3 month wait?
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 Posted 02/21/2018  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Check BadDog's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadDog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One that comes to mind was one of the special ASE sets. That set ended up having huge cancellations after long waits waiting for them to start shipping.


basebal21,

I don't collect ASEs, so I guess that one didn't register with me.

Assuming the Mint sticks with its stated delivery schedule, the coin/medal sets won't be shipped until late May, a 3 months delay. I suppose we could see some cancellations of these orders as well. Maybe that's even why there is a 3 months delay -- to weed out all of the buyer's remorse cancellations?

Hopefully, the Mint will continue to provide updated stats in the weekly production reports so folks who are interested, or who ordered, can see whether or not cancellations are occurring.
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 Posted 02/21/2018  6:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The big problem being solved by mint-to-order is that no one (at the Mint) need take the blame for minting way too many or minting way too few ... a recurring internal circular firing squad that might, in fact, be fun to watch.

So it may be a little self-serving, but its not evil.

For those who buy to hold, price gyrations add an element of relatively harmless sport to their collecting ... but its hardly necessary.

For those who buy to re-sell, price stability makes it more advantageous to keep on good terms with your customers.

Just because The Mint has been guessing production runs since, like, forever, is no reason to continue the practice.

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 Posted 02/22/2018  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The big problem being solved by mint-to-order is that no one (at the Mint) need take the blame for minting way too many or minting way too few ... a recurring internal circular firing squad that might, in fact, be fun to watch.

So it may be a little self-serving, but its not evil.
Agreed.
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 Posted 02/25/2018  3:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I wonder how many cancellations will occur with these WWI medal sets given the 3 month wait?


I expect at least 5 percent unless the medal after market stays strong. By then anyone who wants the commemorative will have it, so you're basically just buying the medal at an inflated price. I suspect the interest will have died down by then and many collectors will have been able to find preorders for just the medals and cancel their orders from the mint.


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Assuming the Mint sticks with its stated delivery schedule, the coin/medal sets won't be shipped until late May, a 3 months delay. I suppose we could see some cancellations of these orders as well. Maybe that's even why there is a 3 months delay -- to weed out all of the buyer's remorse cancellations?


It won't weed out cancellations it'll create them. The delay is just simply because they have to make them and will do so at a leisurely pace. It's just simply not a priority for them. Plus they have to order the packaging
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 Posted 02/25/2018  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, I'm glad I didn't spend money on these. I'm not a medal collector except for the Coin & Chronicles sets. I picked up the WWI commemoratives to keep my streak going but the medals, while very nice, just didn't do it for me with the marketing options. As others have said, if I can find a 5-medal set after market, I would consider buying but given the likely markup, I doubt it'll happen any time soon. Too many other things to buy.
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 Posted 02/26/2018  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I would consider buying but given the likely markup, I doubt it'll happen any time soon. Too many other things to buy.
Agreed.
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 Posted 02/26/2018  5:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MeadowviewCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not to throw cold water on anyone but I read somewhere that the Mint will be striking silver medals honoring the 5 branches of the military around 2020 and they will remain on sale forever.

Sure the 2020 medals won't be related to WWI and the Mint hasn't mentioned designs or anything yet guess we will have to wait and see.
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I would love to see those made and will gladly wait for them.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  2:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RPT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Anyone get their medals? Thought they were shipping in May.
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 Posted 05/17/2018  12:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coincollector123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just got an email from the US Mint saying that

"unfortunately, we are not able to fulfill 'your order' at this time...If we do not hear from you within 48 hours we will automatically cancel your order"

any idea what this is about?
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 Posted 05/17/2018  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Check Foxwoods Man's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Foxwoods Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't seen any similar reports anywhere else...guess a call is in order
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