With the pre-sale of the Royal Australian Mint’s 2019 two-coin set honoring the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 beginning, a customer service representative from the Mint clarified their shipping policy.
After purchasing the set for AU$177.27 on their website (US$123.96, up 32-cents from yesterday), they charge a flat rate of AU$35.00 (US$22.37) for shipping. Packages are shipped using Auspost eParcel which provides tracking numbers that will be available to users of the U.S. Postal Service’s tracking system.
If there are import fees and taxes, the USPS will collect those from you before delivery.
According to the Royal Australian Mint representative, the 50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing two Coin Set will not be offered for direct sale in the United States because of licensing agreements. However, that does not affect sales on the secondary market.
Purchasing one set and having it shipped to the United States will cost AU$212.27 (US$148.43) plus surcharges added onto your credit card for the currency exchange.
Keep in mind you can buy the set from US and Australian dealers too including several that offer free shipping over certain amounts. And I have received quite a few packages from down under and was never charged any import fees for numismatic items.
I think the RAM did a great job with these, including a second version of their domed coin plated with nickel.
The Royal Australian Mint is not discounting sets to dealers. For those who are price sensitive, the least they will pay for a set will be directly from the Royal Australian Mint.
The coins look interesting. Sometimes, the images the mints use do not do the coins justice. I want to see the nickel-plated coin in hand before passing judgment.