Yesterday, December 22, 2014, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set. The product incorporates coins, medals, and stamps honoring the 32nd President of the United States of America.
The product will make for a nice follow up to last year’s Coin and Chronicles Set issued for Theodore Roosevelt, which had contained a coin and two medals. As mentioned in a recent post, the US Mint seems to have planned to continue the product type with the issuance of separate sets next year for the 33rd to 36th Presidents, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The present set includes the following items:
- 2014-S Proof Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Dollar
- Copper nickel clad 2014-S Proof Roosevelt Dime
- .999 Fine Silver Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medal
- Bronze Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medal
- The 1-cent Roosevelt stamp “Hyde Park” depicting Roosevelt’s New York home
- The 2-cent Roosevelt stamp “Little White House” paying tribute to the president’s frequent retreat located in Warm Springs, Georgia
- The 3-cent Roosevelt stamp “White House” featuring an image of the White House
- The 5-cent Roosevelt stamp “Four Freedoms” showing a globe inscribed with his famous four freedoms: “Freedom of Speech, and Religion, from Want and Fear”
The two coins included in the sets can be found in other products and are minted in relatively high numbers. The two medals included in the set may actually represent the most compelling items.
The silver medal is struck on an American Silver Eagle coin blank with a weight of 1 troy ounce and .999 purity. This seems to represent the first time the FDR Presidential Medal has been struck in silver. Even the bronze medal may prove to carry a unique aspect. The image of the medal included on the product page and shown above presents a decidedly different appearance than the bronze Presidential Medal previously issued, particularly in the fields and level of detail in the design. An image of the previously issued bronze medal can be found here. Once I have a set in hand, I will provide a side by side comparison to confirm any differences.
Along with the four stamps, the set is completed with a companion booklet including images from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s life and legacy. All of the items are housed in a rich green folder covered in a soft-touch material with a textured look.
The set is priced at $57.95 and carries a product limit of 20,000 units. There are no household ordering limits imposed.