2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set

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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. NC_Stacker says

    I know this will not be pulled back as I have a UPS tracking number. Hope it’s not an empty box.

  2. jhawk92 says

    @Bernie- that article is a key question. Not sure I have a good answer. I have been collecting mint and proof sets for a while and had planned on keeping them in OGP. Some that I have purchased from the 50s and 60s still look good. Tough call.

  3. Clark says

    On receiving my FDR Coin & Chronicles set this afternoon, I made these observations:

    –The Mint appropriately spent more on coins and four visually appealing stamps than it did on packaging. Previous Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt C&C sets contained fewer numismatic (and no philatelic) items, but featured handsome, sturdy binders, photos and copies of historic documents. Hats off to the Mint for its tribute to that all-but-forgotten stamp collecting hobby I enjoyed as a boy: it’s a nice and unexpected touch.

    –This FDR C&C set contains the same level of relevant biographical and historical facts as previous presidential C&C sets, without much window dressing. FDR packaging length is slightly longer and about half as thick as the Teddy Roosevelt C&C set’s spine. Materials from which the FDR set is made are significantly thinner than Lincoln and TR sets, but not quite thin enough to be considered “flimsy”–but close.

    –The two FDR medals are a nice contrast and identical except in two important respects: One is 99.9% silver and the other is bronze. The silver medal’s larger diameter is 1 5/15 inches, and the bronze is only 1.598 inches.

    –The patina contrast of the two medals in my FDR set is remarkable in that the 95% Copper/5% Zinc bronze medal has a deep rich matte brown reminiscent of the way copper pennies once used to be, yet the silver medal is brilliant and shiny.

    –FDR & Theodore Roosevelt silver medals appear to be the same diameter, however, FDR’s bronze medal is much smaller his cousin’s bronze. The TR bronze medal is the same brilliant, shiny finish I’ve seen on most U.S. Mint bronze medals, such as the First Spouse and Code Talker issues.

    –With the recent news of several more presidential coin & chronicles set slated for 2015, I can’t help but think that the FDR packaging design had these future issues in mind as they seem easier and less expensive to manufacture.

    On balance, I am quite pleased with the overall value of the FDR set and the lower quality packaging does not bother me as much as it did at first as long as it withstands the test of time. I am extremely pleased with the added touch of FDR stamps, but would have liked the ability to view the reverse sides, which are obscured in one-sided plastic windows. It makes a nice addition to any collection of modern US coins and is a must-have addition to coin & chronicle set collections.

  4. I started collecting yesterday says

    I received my FDR set today and I really like it. I never really cared about Mint packaging and often think it is “over the top” and too much of it. I thought the TR set is too fragile. However, I think the FDR set is different. I like the packaging as it seems sturdy and fits perfectly on my bookshelf. I nominate this highest quality product of 2014.

  5. Clark says

    @themadhouseseven–Your second question, “are the stamps … real,” demonstrates why being able to view the reverse is important to stamp collectors.

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