Today, August 15, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2013 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets, with separate sets available containing coins from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mints.
Each set includes the circulating quality Presidential $1 Coins honoring William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. According to the Mint, the packaging allows the coins to be removed easily for placement into albums or other coin holders.
The coins included in these sets are “circulating quality”, which means that the quality should be similar to the coins found in the bags, rolls, and boxes. The generally higher quality coins referred to as “uncirculated” are found in the previously released 2013 Uncirculated Coin Set and 2013 Presidential $1 Uncirculated Set.
The 2013 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets are priced at $12.95 each. The US Mint indicates a product limit of 18,000 of the Philadelphia sets and 15,000 of the Denver sets.
The Four-Coin Set product was introduced last year, following the suspension of production of the series for circulation. The product provided collectors with a lower cost option for acquiring only one example of each coin, as opposed to purchasing roll or bag quantities. Last year, the 2012 Presidential Dollar Four-Coin Sets had been priced at $9.95 each and were offered with no product limit. Sell outs occurred when sales had reached 17,884 Philadelphia sets and 17,651 Denver sets.
2013 Presidential Discovery Set – Theodore Roosevelt
The United States Mint has recently posted the preliminary product page for a new set featuring the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar. The Mint had provided clues about such an offering going back to January.
After all of the anticipation, the upcoming product seems a bit underwhelming. It contains a single uncirculated 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, along with an informational folder and activity booklet. The content is indicated as age-appropriate for 8-12 year olds. The sets are priced at $9.95 with a product limit of 20,000 and scheduled release date of September 3, 2013.
While this might be a nice product for younger collectors, some may have been expecting something more exciting, especially given Theodore Roosevelt’s role in bringing about a Renaissance in American coinage. It is still possible that another product may be in the works.
At a coin forum held in April, the Mint’s acting associate director of sales and marketing had mentioned two special products incorporating Theodore Roosevelt Dollars. The first was described as aimed towards young collectors and beginners, while the second would be a more upscale product.
The upscale product was mentioned as including either the proof or uncirculated 2013 Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, paired with a Roosevelt medal based on designs from the Presidential series. The medal would be struck in either bronze or silver. The bronze versions of the medal have been sold by the US Mint on-and-off for decades and are easily located, however a silver version of the medal would be (to my knowledge) a first and provide some great collector appeal. Let’s hope this is what the US Mint has planned…