On April 11, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of circulating quality 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollars. This will represent one of the more anticipated releases of the series, as coin collectors have long advocated for the 26th President to make an appearance on a legal tender U.S. coin.
The Theodore Roosevelt Dollar features a portrait of the President, which is indicated as designed by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions include the President’s name, “In God We Trust”,”26th President”, and dates of service “1901-1909”. The reverse of the coin features a rendition of the the Statue of Liberty designed by Don Everhart, with inscriptions “United States of America” and “$1”. The date, mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum” appear on incused edge lettering.
The US Mint will be offering circulating quality examples of the coins containing either the “P” or “D” mint mark. These will be available in an array of different options.
There are 25-coin rolls priced at $32.95 each, 100-coin bags priced at $111.95 each, 250-coin boxes priced at $275.95 each, and 500-coin boxes priced at $550.95 each. All options can be ordered containing coins with either the “P” or “D” mint mark. All products will have packaging which indicates the name of the President, mint mark, and the face value of the contents.
There are no stated product limits or household ordering limits imposed. The US Mint indicates that these products will be available for one year from the initial on-sale date or until inventory has been depleted.
Preliminary production figures indicate a mintage for the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Dollars of 3.92 million at Denver and 5.18 million at Philadelphia. In the past, the US Mint has reserved the right to restart production during the year of issue in response to product demand as long as production capacity is available.
The US Mint has previously indicated that a special numismatic product will be issued to honor the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, which would presumably contain the dollar coin and possibly other items. Further details of this product have not yet been announced.
Theodore Roosevelt on Other Coins and Medals
Despite Theodore Roosevelt’s accomplishments as President and his role in bringing about a Renaissance in American coinage, he has never been featured alone on a legal tender U.S. coin. However, he has made some mini appearances on coins and appeared on some widely known medals.
The “mini” appearances are the result of Theodore Roosevelt’s depiction on Mount Rushmore, together with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. The 50th anniversary of Mount Rushmore was celebrated with a 1991 commemorative coin program, which included $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars. The obverse designs of the silver dollar and clad half dollar included an image of the monument, including the sculpture of Roosevelt’s head. A similar situation occurred on the 2006 South Dakota State Quarter.
Augustus Saint Gaudens designed Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural medal shown above. The President was so pleased with the results that he asked Saint-Gaudens to work on new designs for circulating gold denominations, ushering in the renaissance era of U.S. coinage. The reverse design of this medal was the basis for Saint-Gaudens’ reverse design for the new $10 gold eagle.
Roosevelt’s Presidential Medal created by the United States Mint is shown above. The obverse was designed by Charles E. Barber, while the reverse was designed by George T. Morgan. Bronze versions of this medal have been available for purchase from the Mint for a lengthy period of time, although they are not available currently.
Another widely known medal is the one shown above designed by Victor D. Brenner and issued at the completion of the Panama Canal. The medals were awarded to anyone who had provided two or more years of continuous service working on the canal.
Finally and most recently, Theodore Roosevelt was featured on the obverse design of medals issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2003. The US Mint offered limited mintage silver medals and bronze versions with no production limit. The silver medals were extremely popular at the time of issue and achieved quick sell outs. I previously wrote about the medals here.