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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

US Mint "Last Opportunity" for 2008 Products


The US Mint has added a new section to their online catalog labeled "Last Opportunity." This section includes 2008 dated products that will only be available until June 30, 2009.

This is similar to the "Last Chance Sale" that the US Mint held late last year. The sale was held to clear the US Mint's inventory of prior year merchandise before a move to new fulfillment center.

The "Last Opportunity" sale is listed as a "limited-time, first-come, first-served offer" and primarily includes 2008 dated Coin Covers and Coin and Die Sets. A 7-day return policy is in effect for the items, with returns only accepted if the products are delivered damaged. All items appear to be offered at their original prices.

In general, the US Mint seems to be making more of an effort to keep their product offerings streamlined. In the past, lingering product offerings had caused their total number of products to swell. One example of this was the 2001 Kennedy Half Dollar bags and rolls, which were available continuously until 2008, when they were finally cleared out in the Last Chance Sale. The oldest dated products currently available at the US Mint are now some 2007 Presidential Dollar bags and rolls.

The following products are listed in the US Mint's Last Opportunity section:

2008 Oklahoma Official First Day Cover
2008 New Mexico Official First Day Cover
2008 Arizona Official First Day Cover
2008 Alaska Official First Day Cover
2008 Hawaii Official First Day Cover
2008 James Monroe $1 Coin Cover
2008 John Quincy Adams $1 Coin Cover
2008 Andrew Jackson $1 Coin Cover
2008 Martin Van Buren $1 Coin Cover
2008 Oklahoma Coin and Die Set - Philadelphia
2008 Oklahoma Coin and Die Set - Denver
2008 New Mexico Coin and Die Set - Philadelphia
2008 New Mexico Coin and Die Set - Denver
2008 Arizona Coin and Die Set - Philadelphia
2008 Arizona Coin and Die Set - Denver
2008 Alaska Coin and Die Set - Philadelphia
2008 Alaska Coin and Die Set - Denver
2008 50 State Quarters Greetings from America Portfolio
2008 50 State Quarters Greetings from America Card Set

You can find the US Mint's Last Opportunity section here.

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16 Comments:

At May 28, 2009 at 8:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To each his own, but I made the mistake of buying one of those die sets a while back. I fully expected to receive a die with a somewhat defaced image, but with some form of recognition to identify what was advertised. What I got was a small steel piece of metal that was completely flat faced. Absolutely no identifiable clue as to what it ever was other than a small piece of steel. What a disappointing RIPOFF, and it wasn't cheap. I wouldn't order another POS like that if it was free. It couldn't even serve as a small fishing weight. Garbage, sorry.

 
At May 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always wondered about that, the way they described the image as being "completely removed." You're right, though. That DOES seem to be a bit pointless, if you can't even tell what it once was and all you have to go on is their word.

It seems to me that the Mint could do it like you said, by leaving a small layer of the design behind so you could actually tell what state it was. I think they could do that without having to worry about couterfeiting. Paranoia, I guess.

 
At May 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:02pm

Well, the "die" does have a form of "serial no.", and there is a distant presumption that it is associated with some production list of numbers which are secret. It is not my intent to just bash the innocent (?) stupidity of someone who thought selling these useless and unidentifiable artifacts would help recoup some production costs, but in not thinking it through, the Mint offers another cat-in-the-bag to collectors who get sucked in. Of course, getting screwed once, the likihood of that same collector letting himself screwed a second time is doubtful. What is sad is that it's so easy for the Mint to do things well, you have to wonder what cretins think up ways to insult customers. Perhaps it's a governmental thing. Oh well.

 
At May 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow,Why watch the news when I can come here and get all the negative news I need.Actually on a positive note.Can You imagine the amount of ripoff artists would buy these die sets if the face was still on them.Even a small amount would give them all they need to make double dies.I'm glad they do wipe everything off of them.However if you paid for one of those.You deserve to be disappointed.It's nothing but a hunk of steel with a cert of Auth.Not really my cup of tea.I'd rather buy the rarity coins. You know,like the coins that were actually minted before PCGS and NGC started influencing our US Mint.If you want to get mad at anyone.Get mad at those companies for ruining a great hobby.People actually pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for coins these companies say are first strikes.What a big joke that is.These companies claim that the coin was struck first.My question is after reading that the mint does not authorize such a thing as a first strike.Why do so many people fall into this trap.It's simple.These companies make up over valued price guides and have this grand thing called a registry set club.WHOOOOOPIE!!!!!.Now if your rich and want to show off.You can join this registry club and enter all your over priced over graded and poorly slabbed coins with bogus first strikes and brag to your other rich idiot friends.I'm sorry I don't mean to be so negative.But I guess it kind of made me think this way about the way the US Mint along with the help of PCGS and NGC has ruined this hobby.What ever happened to the good ole days when ms 65 was the highest grade and there was no such thing as this BULL CRAP marketing first strike and first release junk.And to blow all of this away. Couple that rip off marketing plan with the fact that most of their graders wouldn't know the difference between a so called ms 70 from a ms 65.I have a couple of these so called MS70s.These companies should be put out of business for ruining a great hobby.ANACS used to be a great company to get your coins graded with.Until NGC and PCGS came along.Now they are no better.Because they also do the lies of a first strike and first release.I see so many people every day pay wayyyyyyy more then they should for these coins.So I have one thing to tell them all.BUY THE COIN NOT THE SLAB.Don't be an idiot and fall for all of their marketing scams.Unless your just a rich idiot that wants to brag to another rich idiot.I think it's rather hilarious how PCGS says they have teamed up with the US mint.Perhaps the US Mint should look at half the things they do to rip people off and run way away from this company that is only after one thing.TOP DOLLAR NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES.So I say wake up people.Don't be an idiot. Buy from the mint so you can say you bought the coin and not the slab.Because the slabs are full of nothing but lies anymore.Grades are wrong and descriptions are lies.My other question is to the US Mint.Why do you allow these companies to represent your products in a deceptive way.Something should really be done about this.That way maybe coin collecting might just become what it once was.An honest, wholesome, trusting hobby that gets passed down to our generations for educating their younger generations about history.I could go on and on about this.But why bother.The Mint won't listen and the Grading companies will only let greed rule them.So all I can do is hope people see this blog and wake up.
Gotta go now,
BYE

 
At May 28, 2009 at 5:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't hold back, man! What is it exactly that you are trying to say?

 
At May 28, 2009 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you can figure out exactly what I am saying.Don't buy into the glitz and glamor and out right rip offs and lies of the grading companies.And buy into the American futures.Buy from the US Mint.Not the rip off grading company authorized dealers who are causing hyperinflation at the expense of unknowing new coin collectors and buyers.And I have never been known to hold back.I say it like it is.Even if it is just my opinion.I think anyone with half a brain can figure out exactly what I am saying.

 
At May 28, 2009 at 7:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what I love about this sale the US Mint is running.All the authorized dealers of the grading companies who bought thousands at cost in the items that are in this sale.Will now be stuck holding all of their inventory.Why? Because now you can get it up to 60% off.LOL So I'm thinking that perhaps the greed may have gotten the best of them.And I'll be laughing all the way to the bank with my 60% off.Which is probably more like 300 % off of their prices.Good going US Mint.Go get those ruthless greedy dealers.LOL

 
At May 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really want to talk about a joke, those characters trying to upsell coins because they pasted on a CAC sticker. LOL. You know the dealers.

And how about those ebay thieves who bought $25 boxes of pennies and stamped on "first day of issue" legends with a $5.00 rubber stamp they had made at Staples? Just because someone has their own rubber stamp and affix's a legend, it doesn't make it so. Now that's what I call good old American ingenuity.

 
At May 28, 2009 at 10:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:00 PM, did you know you can use paragraphs to make your post readable?

 
At May 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oy Vey!!!

I'll stick with sorting through cents to see if I can get a doubled eye or an extra ear!

 
At May 29, 2009 at 1:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 pm--the mint could easily sell all of its coins at modest premium starting bids through an ebay store. But remember this is the birthplace of a sucker is born every minute and the land of unlimited "opportunity."

 
At May 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for anyone making profit. A sucker is born every minute. I think on Ebay, 2 suckers are born a minute. If you can find someone stupid enough to pay extreme premiums over what the mint is still currently selling, more power to you.

I am NOT for people deceiving and comitting fraud and tricking others.

 
At May 29, 2009 at 2:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quality of these mint lincoln rolls is anything but mint. The first log cabin rolls I recieved were scratched. Fine. They were meant to be put into circulation and I didn't expect much after waiting for 6 weeks. The obverse side on one of the new "formative years" rolls I recieved has a die mark right through the third 0 in 2009. It's a half moon that circles about 1/4 of the way around and I can see the green zinc poking through. Don't they have anybody that checks these things?

 
At May 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

second zero in 2009 I should say. Thank goodness there are only 2 zeros in 2009.

 
At May 29, 2009 at 3:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put it on Ebay as an error penny and make a couple hundred bucks! LOL

 
At July 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM , Blogger Lasloo said...

Anybody know what the mintages were for the "Greetings from America" stamp/coin card sets? or portfolio sets? Even more specifically, the 2008 card or portfolio set since it was for sale the shortest amount of time??
I see everything but the 2008 still selling on the USPS site and they look like something fun to collect, but was curious how many were made.

 

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