Some people plan ahead. Some people don’t.
The U.S. Mint hopes that its customers for the upcoming four-coin 50th anniversary Kennedy silver half dollar set are the kind that plan ahead.
Since the Mint moved from its old website to the new one on Oct. 1, customers have to reset their passwords.
If you have not done this yet and plan to order the Kennedy set Oct. 28, you had better get going.
High demand levels at the stroke of noon Eastern time on Tuesday are expected when sales are scheduled to commence.
Collectors are predictable that way.
What is not yet clear is how many potential customers have not prepared themselves ahead of time.
The Mint has provided a handy check list of steps do follow to be ready to use its website to place an order.
Here it is:
1. Use your existing U.S. Mint Login
2. Enter your existing password
3. You will be prompted to answer your security question
4. You will then be prompted to reset your password
The Mint said that resetting your password and confirming that your customer information is up to date will speed up the shopping experience.
Speeding up might be a relative thing. If collectors clamor for hundreds of thousands of sets simultaneously, even being perfectly ready to act on placement of Mint orders cannot guarantee your order’s quick accommodation by the Mint.
But then the fault will not be with collectors. It will lie elsewhere.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2014 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."