2015 Presidential Dollars

Late last year, the United States Mint quietly posted the line art images of the 2015 Presidential Dollars on their website. To my knowledge there was no official announcement or press release, which made the line art images the first public indication of the design selections for the coins. The Mint has now posted images of the coins which will feature the 33rd to 36th Presidents of the Untied States, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Initially, the Mint had prepared from four to six design candidates for each of the coins, which were provided to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) in March 2014 for review and recommendation. The complete set of design candidate images can be found here. Coverage of the CFA and CCAC’s recommendations can be found here and here.

The final design selections are shown below.

2015 Harry S. Truman Presidential Dollar

2015 Harry S. Truman Presidential Dollar
Designer and Engraver: Don Everhart

The final design selection followed the recommendations of both the CFA and CCAC. The CFA had called it the best portrait and the Chairman of the CCAC had asked members to give the design maximum points to go forward “with the strongest possible recommendation.”

2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar

2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar
Designer and Engraver: Joseph Menna

The final design selection for the Eisenhower Presidential Dollar was once again recommended by both the CFA and CCAC.

2015 John F. Kennedy Presidential Dollar

2015 John F. Kennedy Presidential Dollar
Designer and Engraver: Don Everhart

The design selected for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Dollar shows a downward pose intended to be reminiscent of the official White House portrait which was prepared posthumously. The CCAC had recommended this design, although some members had pointed out potential issues. The CFA did not offer a recommendation from the provided candidates. With regards to the selected design, members commented that the downward pose would not be successful on the coin and placed excessive emphasis on the top of the head.

2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar

2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar
Designer and Engraver: Michael Gaudioso

For the Lyndon B. Johnson Dollar, the final design matched the recommendation of the CCAC. The CFA had recommended an alternate design, which had also garnered some support from CCAC members.

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  1. Hidalgo says

    @Brad – if you’re chasing low mintage First Spouse gold coins, then there is a real possibility that the 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt coin would have the HIGHEST mintages among the 2014 FS gold coins (proof and uncirculated). Clearly, Mrs. Roosevelt is the most popular First Lady among the group of four. The U.S. Mint should know that and thus, may have minted MORE of this FS coin to meet consumer demand.

    The U.S. Mint may mint more of the 2015 FS gold coins than those minted in 2013 and 2014. The FS ladies depicted on this year’s coin are well known, since many of us have been alive or heard about them while they stayed in the White House.

  2. says

    It’s interesting how the Blog comments went from 2015 presidential dollars ( original topic) to the 2014 and 2015 FS coins. I guess gold trumps copper-manganese.
    Watch out, there may be another pop quiz on those beloved presidential dollars. Time to refresh your memories.

  3. Brad says

    Hidalgo,

    Yes, that possibility did occur to me and it may turn out to be the case. However, it doesn’t look too likely based on the other reported sales figures. If there were more Eleanor Roosevelt proofs than the other 2014’s, then it would seem that the Florence Harding and Grace Coolidge proof coins would already be sold out or at least showing less than 99 left available, which they’re not.

    The more likely scenario that would spoil the low-mintage sellout of the Eleanor Roosevelt proof would be if the Mint struck more in the final days of 2014 that are still at West Point, awaiting their packaging from the “slow boat from China.” We may not know for a while, as it seems the Mint has an aversion to marking items as “sold out” on the new website. Even items that are clearly sold out are left in that vague “out of stock’ status for weeks on end, despite strong evidence that they are in fact gone. Why else would the 2014 Coin & Currency Set still be called “out of stock” despite the sales report clearly showing that all 50,000 have been sold for the past three weeks? Why not call it “sold out” by now?

  4. MarkInFlorida says

    Truman and Ike look close enough, but JFK and LBJ are just horrible. The Mint should be ashamed of their art department. Sad.

  5. Hidalgo says

    @Brad – the US Mint may still have a supply of the FS Eleanor Roosevelt proof gold coin on its hands. It has long been my understanding that the US Mint keeps a supply of coins in its inventory in case buyers want to return their purchased coins.

    Really, no one can predict the actions of the US Mint. What drives them is the opportunity to make a profit. Why else would they put the Baseball Hall of silver coins back on sale when they were previously sold out?

  6. fmtransmitter says

    frank says
    JANUARY 6, 2015 AT 5:08 PM

    what is the difference between “out of stock” and “sold out” at the mint?
    1st one you cant get anymore and other one they are waiting on packaging in most cases.

  7. fmtransmitter says

    Dave SW FL says
    JANUARY 6, 2015 AT 4:33 PM

    FM
    Back in the day that would have been considered porn money
    Never heard of it but if you say so…

  8. VaBeachEd says

    FS Eleanor Roosevelt proof gold coinis still “OUT OF STOCK” , but now it is $20.00 cheaper at $770.00!!!!!

  9. Brad says

    Rick,

    Yeah, someone else must have cancelled last Saturday morning too, as there were two in stock for a short time before someone else bought them.

    What made you change your mind?

  10. Tom says

    The 2014 1st spouse coins remind me of the 2012-P ATB pucks. Interest in the pucks were decreasing then a number of them started selling out starting with the Hawaii coin (which ended up having the lowest mintage). The last 3 puck from 2012 all had low similar mintage totals. I’m guessing (like many others) the same will hold true for the 2014 spouse coins. Just my thoughts…

  11. Rick says

    All three coins of mine are problem coins that are very likely others’ returns. Check yours carefully.

  12. vk says

    I think the ER FS PF is sold out at the mint. My guess is based on the banner on the bottom of the us mint home page that says ‘Limited Supplies are Available… Shop our remaining 2014 First spouse Gold coins’. IF it is limited supply, mint was not going to run a new batch knowing how unpopular this series is.

    Unless mint intentionally or unintentionally misguides us with that banner , this should be sold out.

    If I were to guess – Mint must have made same mintage for all 4 FS. Even if they continue to sell for rest of 2014, its hard to sell the remaining few hundreds left in each of the proof.

    Time will tell. And as others pointed, this may be only a interim game until you find another low mintage product.

  13. vk says

    @Rick – If you already got your coin and returned, I am assuming you bought early last week, way before the Friday count down frenzy? Reason I am asking is – if that’s the case – its not good sign for people orders in last several days. good idea to inspect when u get it.

  14. Rick says

    I bet the majority of the last batch sold are returned problem coins. Both PCGS and NGC are tough on proofs relative to MS.

  15. John c says

    Well Rick I bought coin number 66 65 and 64 it should arrive in a few days. I will inspect them and see what they look like. Vk, I totally agree with you. I doubt the mint is making more than 4k of each design. There is no doubt that 2014 will be the key for the spouse series with 2013 a close second. I feel confident though that the ER proof will be the most sought after coin in the whole series, there is no other spouse proof that could beat it, especially the fact that she was a very popular fist lady. When all the dust settles this coin will command a significant premium.

  16. Ends in Error says

    When all is said and done about these Spouse Coins in a few years it will be interesting to see if they will sell better than the Jackie Robinson BU Coin?
    I guess that’s still in the future but I’m just wondering.

    And when will the Mint put out a Mantle Coin? A Joe DiMagio Coin would be super also. Hey there’s somethng to think about. The next Gold Coin series after the Spouses have faded into the west. A MLB HOF Players series would be huge.

  17. Ends in Error says

    Just thinking of a series of coins honoring the Baseball greats makes me want to trash all these Presidential Coins and their Spouses also.

    And junk like US Marshals, US Constitution and Library of Congress? Forget about it.

    Come to think of it a Baseball Series in Silver would be more in line than Gold.

  18. Bob R says

    Received the FDR set today, rather impressed with the design and packaging of it. It has class.

  19. Hidalgo says

    @Ends in Error – I like the idea of baseball greats themed coins. But it will never happen. Congress passes laws on commemorative coins. So we’ll continue to see themes involving Presidents, American symbols and institutions, etc.

    @Bob R – I love my FDR set. Despite the cost, it is definitely a keeper! 🙂

    To all who bought a Roosevelt FS proof gold coin. I have seen relatively little much market movement (either on eBay or with coin dealers), even though the coin is out of stock. It may (or may not) take weeks before the coin is listed as officially sold out. With the new ordering system, I am uncertain how a late designation will impact secondary market prices after the status changes from “Out of Stock” to “Sold Out.” I guess we’ll learn as we go….

  20. CasualCollector says

    I returned my FDR Chronicles sets. The Silver medal was too ugly to look at. Quality Control was missing during that batch (imho).

    I like the package overall with the stamps and presentation materials and I plan on ordering another set once the refund hits my card.

  21. says

    While a HOF baseball series honoring the great baseball players seems like a good suggestion, it seems something like this would have a better chance being done by a private Mint rather than the U.S. Mint.

  22. thePhelps says

    My FDR set was very nice – although I preferred the presentation of last years Teddy set.

    The worst coin in my FDR set was the proof dollar. It has almost no definition to the features and looks heavily sand blasted and quite grainy. I’d give it a PF60 and that is only because I know it wasn’t circulated.

  23. thePhelps says

    Hawkster – agree that a private mint would be a better place to take the HOF coins too. Especially considering the mint can only issue 2 commemorative coins a year – my Greg Maddux coin wouldn’t be issued until sometime early in the next century…

  24. says

    The Phelps,
    Yeah, we don’t want the U.S. Mint turning into a Franklin type Mint, with an endless supply of candy shop offerings. As it is, some of the commemoratives are reaches, with the main criterion being some type of odd anniversary. Many of the recent Mint offerings, in fact, celebrate anniversaries of the coin series itself–the latest one being the Kennedy 50th. And some are coming up this year.

  25. Hidalgo says

    Next year (1916)will be a great opportunity for the US Mint to issue 100 year anniversary cons for the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar.

    Now how exciting would that be? 😀

  26. thePhelps says

    Hidalgo…the only problem is they can’t actually issue the coins. I believe Congress has to create a law for them to issue coins – even commemorative type coins of that nature. Which is why we get to purchase medals… since no law has been passed requesting them to mint coins marking the 100th anniversaries.

  27. Hidalgo says

    @thePhelps – you’re correct. However, I recall reading an article where the US Mint was proposing to commemorate the 100 year anniversary — in some way — of one or all of these coins. I’m not sure of the current status of that proposal.

    Anyways, there’s still time for Congress to take action before 2016 arrives….!

  28. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Law applicable to UHR applies to ’16 prospects –

    Authority to produce the gold coin would be sought from the Secretary of the Treasury under 31 U.S.C. § 5112(i)(4)(C). As discussed yesterday, this section of the law provides the Secretary with the authority to strike gold coins with broad discretion over the design, specifications, qualities, denominations, and inscriptions. Authority to produce the silver medals would be sought from the Secretary under 31 U.S.C. § 5111 (a)(2). This section allows the Secretary to produce national medal dies and strike national and other medals.

    http://mintnewsblog.com/2014/07/ccac-supports-potential-2015-24-karta-gold-ultra-high-relief-coin/

  29. thePhelps says

    cag… I read that article before and still see the same things. The change in the laws regarding gold coinage has given the mint some extra latitude – and the UHR was the only one I have read that “might” be a coin… the others have all been mentioned as medals.

  30. thePhelps says

    Then again… I am more of the belief when Washington is concerned… laws are guidelines for the rest of us.

  31. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Error – you may have to wait a while for another ‘domed’ coin though the domed coin idea is being tossed around for a possible 2019 50th Anniversary Apollo landing commemorative (from what I’ve read elsewhere) – which would be absolutely stellar!

  32. CasualCollector says

    @KCSO
    “absolutely stellar” — I love the usage of words 🙂

    Actually, that would be great to keep interest in the “original” domed coin (BHoF). Although that’s so long away…

  33. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    CasualCollector – thank you.

    No worries here of the interest fading for the ‘original’ domed coin!
    In the last 10 months, they just haven’t gone away.., heck 4 years from now we’ll be discussing the mintage vs. demand of B35 and why more weren’t sold, B33 will be 2x+ current value, and B32 FS 70 will reign supreme over Jackie Robinson (note, I didn’t mention ER) 😉

  34. says

    Keep Calm
    I’ m sure that just about every year presents the Mint with an opportunity to commemorate some sort of anniversary with a coin offering. The 50th of the Apollo landing? I’m sure the Mint’s history team is already on it; it’s not that far out (pun intended). Do you think this commem will “command” “astronomical” prices on the secondary market? Maybe it will “take off” and “eclipse” the HOF offerings in popularity. Let the “countdown” begin.

  35. thePhelps says

    Hawkster… I am shocked you never mentioned how it would be a giant step for the mint…

  36. JBK says

    I loved the BHOF coins but if they go too far down that road it will ruin the Mint’s credibilty in my opinion. But, a domes cojn for the Apollo anniversary woud be incredible, assumign the convex side was the moon’s surface.

    On to JFK halves – anyoner think that the 2-coin unc. set might make a brief return? It is OOS and close to a sell out (or sold out) based on he last mintages I saw, but based onlack of SOLD OUT nortice I am wondering if a few moe will pop up, like the HOF dollar coins.

  37. cagcrisp says

    @JBK, Yep on the JFK 2 coin. I’ve been watching the same thing. The last 3 weeks it has been stuck Slightly above 298k. I look for a Brief re-opening…

  38. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Hawkster – by the time the “countdown” is complete, I just hope we have arrived at a destination of an eCommerce “end-to-end solution {that} will better serve United States Mint customers by gaining cost and processing efficiencies, and enhancing the customer experience through a fully integrated solution. The end-to-end solution will allow the United States Mint to capitalize on industry best practices leveraged by other brand-name retail organizations, enabling the United States Mint to keep pace with market developments.” LOL, LMAO

    OR simply put – how about turning on Live Chat.., so I don’t have to call to find out where my goods are and then only hear that they don’t know where the goods are!

  39. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    The GIANT STEP would be to have accurate BO, OOS, SO inventory management…,

    or LESPSs offered in their RELEASE Year.

  40. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    JBK – how cool would a concave side be as if looking out of the command module window back to earth? Or Eagle separation? Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself…

  41. VA Bob says

    Received my two 2015 ASE proofs today. They look beautiful. It makes me wonder why the Mint can’t seem to duplicate the quality to the degree they have with these ASE coins.

    As a follow up to opening Mint sealed boxes, I mentioned on the other topic, I used this opportunity to experiment on my ASE shipment. I used a heat gun on low (Not Hawkster’s microwave advice), a hand held hair dryer would do. I was able to open the box in short order using heat and a butter knife with no sign of tampering. The shipping label did not cover the box flaps, it was on the back side. I took that off as well by applying heat, it is more than sticky enough to replace on the box. One interesting note, a small label partially covering the shipping label turned dark under heat (must have been created with thermal paper, for a thermal printer), but it came off easily too. That’s all that really matters as a person committing fraud only need get the label off. It’s easy to print a new one.

    Why did I do it? I don’t buy sealed boxes from anyone besides the Mint. I just want our family here to be careful, both buyers and sellers (I’d be leery accepting returns of unopened Mint boxes if I sold them). Probably not an issue with low priced stuff, but it’s so easy to do that I wouldn’t put it past someone looking to rip others off. I’m surprised one or more of the TPG accept these as proof for FS/ER.

  42. says

    The 1969 Apollo landing on the moon has, as many of you know, already been celebrated on the reverse of the Ike dollar. An Eagle clutching an olive branch while landing on the moon is depicted. This is based on the Apollo 11 mission insignia. For the bicentennial Ike, the reverse has the Liberty Bell superimposed against the moon.
    Do we also need to celebrate the 50th anniversary through a commemorative? If it generates revenue for the Mint, most definitely. Michael, thanks for giving me this “space” to comment.

  43. thePhelps says

    VA Bob… I first noticed the “sealed envelopes” when I was actively collecting the 50’s era coins. People were all over these as gospel they were getting untampered with coins. The sad thing is that the mint issued envelopes were not sealed and too many people had no idea. Then to top that off – you could buy brand new envelopes – exactly like those the mint shipped out. There are a bunch of people out there who bought these “sealed” mint sets from the 50’s that still have not opened them… and have no idea what is inside. For all they know it could be modern coin sets in a classic envelope….

    Then you added the “unsearched roll” hunters and now the sealed mint shipping boxes… all I can say is if it can turned for a profit – there are plenty of con’s that will find a way to do it.

  44. fmtransmitter says

    the new thing is cheap x ray type machines able to see inside a sealed envelope and know if it is a bad coin or not without opening it.

  45. VA Bob says

    KCSO – Your enthusiasm for some space related coinage is contagious. I’d like to see some too. My dad was on the ship that recovered the space capsule with the monkey, Ham, onboard. In fact he was part of the team that helped recover it. Anyway, he had a friend in the radio room that gave him the teletype (which normally would be destroyed) with the details of the monkeys condition and loads of information, the roll of paper is a few feet long. He gave it to me when I was a kid. Still have it. I keep it in a mailing tube.

    I have a silver Soviet three ruble proof commemorating Gagarin’s 30 year anniversary I bought back in 1991. It is accompanied in a nice case by a medal made from a Soyuz spacecraft (very light in weight).

    The coin looks like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commemorative_coins_of_the_Soviet_Union#mediaviewer/File:Commemorative_silver_3_rouble,_Yuri_Gagarin,_1991.png

    Here is the medal:
    http://www.ussr-airspace.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=24_54_71&products_id=647

    Not sure why we here in the US have neglected such a huge accomplishment in our history. If I’m not mistaken the last coin with a space theme was the Christopher Columbus commem.

  46. VA Bob says

    thePhelps – Yeah plenty of issues with the mint envelopes. Even storing them with a little humidity could cause them to seal. I have seen the TV hucksters selling these as unsearched though, even to the point of suggesting they not be opened to preserve their collectability. Crazy.

    FM – I’d just be worried correct coins but cherry picked would be in those envelopes. The mint has been using envelopes for mint sets until just a few years ago when they went to those awful (IMO) thin cardstock with blisters for the coins. I’d prefer they kept them in the Mylar. At least they were sealed from air contaminants. Not so sure with these new holders.

  47. VA Bob says

    Hawkster – it was also on the reverse of the SBA dollar, but the Ike dollar was a much nicer canvas due to the size. I guess you can count the 1999 SBA, but how many of those does one see these days?

  48. Hidalgo says

    Michael posted the US Mint sales report for the reporting period ending January 4, 2015. For those who went on a buying spree for the Roosevelt gold proof coin during the weekend, 110 were sold. The uncirculated version: 43 coins sold.

    Eleanor Roosevelt Proof (2014) 2,381 110
    Eleanor Roosevelt Unc (2014) 1,379 43

  49. Hidalgo says

    One more time – hope to make this post more clear:

    Eleanor Roosevelt Proof (2014) — 2,381 — 110
    Eleanor Roosevelt Unc (2014) — 1,379 — 43

  50. fmtransmitter says

    That was my first return Casual Collector. I must say, I have had good luck over the years and by that I mean I kept coins I should have returned but that FDR silver medal was horid IMHO. I did order another set hoping for better, if not, back it goes, I can do without.

  51. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Hidalgo – you’ve been at this for quite some time and have made some good calls over the ’13-’14 release season.., where do you see these low mintage FS coins in a couple of years?

    And “time will tell” doesn’t count… 😉

  52. says

    I’ve always been skeptical of the 1955 – 1964 proof sets in their “sealed” Mint envelopes that show up with frequency on ebay. Any nitwit with a water kettle can easily steam open a sealed envelope and reglue it after checking out the contents.

  53. says

    ThePhelps is absolutely right when he commented that these envelopes are never sealed by the Mint. As regards the sealed ones offered on ebay: they either became sealed from humidity over the years or, more likely, the ebay sellers sealed them after inspecting the contents (cherry picked) and determining that they contained mediocre or flawed coins. Of course, the seller is trying to increase the wow factor for unsuspecting buyers.

  54. Jerry Diekmann says

    Since nothing happened with the 50th anniversary of NASA in 2008 (there was only one commem program that year), a 50th anniversary of the moon landing for a 2019 coin might be a nice idea. But remember it was included on the reverse of the Ike dollars from 1971-1974 and 1977 and 1978.

  55. Jerry Diekmann says

    VABob – I wonder if that’s the last coin ever minted by the Soviet Union. The USSR went out of existence in 1991. What a shame they never got to mint a 75th anniversary coin – NOT!

  56. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    Yeah, 100th anniversary coins of 2016 std. lib. half, quarter and mercury dime would be great. But Congress first has to pass a law, that could take another 100 years. This reflects inefficiency in our govt.
    How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb?

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