Hundreds flocked to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to buy gold coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar.
Five-hundred of the coins were to go on sale at noon Tuesday.
All were accounted for hours earlier, when the mint gave out tickets to the first 500 in line.
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Chris Snyder of Philadelphia said he grabbed his spot in line at 4 P.M. Monday. He says he was paid $400 by a coin collector to purchase a coin, at a cost of $1,240.
Despite the ticketing, the crowd rushed across busy 5th Street to line up outside the Mint's doors.
A mint spokesman says similar crowds were reported in Denver, Washington and Illinois, where the coins were also being sold.
Purchases were limited to one per person.