65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

Under Public Law 113-120, a Congressional Gold Medal was authorized to be awarded to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers”, in recognition of its pioneering military service, devotion to duty, and many acts of valor in the face of adversity. This Puerto Rican regiment of the United States Army participated in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the most recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in other overseas contingency operations.

The United States Mint recently released the design candidates for the obverse and reverse of the medal. Each of the provided design candidates appears below. Click on any image to enlarge.

Obverse Design Candidates

o1 o4 o5 o6 o6a o7 o8 o9 o10 o11 o12

Reverse Design Candidates

r1 r2 r3 r4 r5 r6 r7 r8 r9 r10 r11 r12 r12a r13 r14

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  1. gary says

    Some very strong designs here! The U.S. Mint artist team has been quite busy of late!
    This medal will look great!
    (Thought I will make my comments now before any racist remarks get started again.)

  2. gary says

    Clark, I think you are right. If medal mintages were limited to a stated mintage or their availability limited to year of issue it would be a boost to aftermarket prices of the mint medals. Some of the designs & events commemorated are stunning!

  3. Clark says

    @Gary–And I agree with you! The Mint has already taken the giant step of producing precious metal medals. The next logical step would be to eliminate the current practice of reissuing a medal, e.g., Teddy Roosevelt, decades after its first production run. Imposing limits on silver and/or bronze replicas of gold medals may require appropriate language in gold medal enabling legislation, but Congressional staff is used to writing bills for numismatic products with limited mintages.

  4. Jerzy Notlob says

    More special interest medals. It seems like it isn’t just enough to fight for your country anymore, you need to get special recognition because you are a special interest minority.

  5. JagFan says

    They need to produce a limited run of each of the medals in silver… What would even make them even more appealing would be if they were not 1 oz, say 1/2 oz silver and limited them to a 30 day selling window. I would jump on that subscription!

    Off Topic, the New Zombuck Design is out – Dying Eagle. Check it out:

    https://instagram.com/providentmetals/

    Do we have any fans of the 2oz Privateer Silver by Provident? This one is fixing to disappear into the dust so if you don’t have it, you might want to pick one up. This one went from a one time release to a series.

    Also, if you are a Silver Bar Fan, Gainesville Coins has an incredible design on a 10 oz Silver bar designed by Guy Harvey. It is pretty impressive in hand!

    https://www.gainesvillecoins.com/products/169094/guy-harvey-the-old-man-and-the-sea-10-oz-silver-bar-gainesville-coins-exclusive-999-pure.aspx

  6. John Roberts says

    Only if a white person defends himself is it racist. For everyone else, it is showing “racial pride.” This filthy, disgusting PC country we live in.

  7. Hidalgo says

    I just received a US Mint News release titled, 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Harry S. Truman Available on June 30.

    I realize that there has been much speculation about ordering limits for the Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicles Set. I just received a US Mint News Release titled, 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Harry S. Truman Available on June 30. The news release states:

    Production of this set is limited to 17,000 units. Orders will be limited to five units per household. The bureau will re-evaluate the order limit over the period this set is available for sale.

    I have not been following this blog on a regular basis for the past month, so I am uncertain if the following point was discussed. The way I interpret the above paragraph is that the U.S. Mint could possibly change the maximum number of sets that can be ordered from 5 to ? . I do not believe the U.S. Mint plans to sell more than 17,000 units.

  8. Kevin says

    Thanks to this MB, I was able to pick up 2 of the 2014 Native American Coin & Currency sets last year. and was quite pleased with them. I’m not all that excited for these upcoming presidential sets – I’m personally debating on whether or not I can consider my presidential coin collect ion complete without the reverse proof coins. There’s just so many of these darn coins, I’m kind of burned out on them and looking forward to 2016.

    As for these medal candidates, I’m a sucker for anything WW2 related. I like ’em all.

  9. Ends in Error says

    I think the Mint only wants to limit the Coin & Chronicals Set during the first 10 seconds. After that their hi-volume buddies can order as many as they wish.

    😉

    LOL

  10. JBK says

    I think the bit about the Mint reassessing the ordering limits after they go on sale is standard – they reserve the right to lift ordering limits (and sometimes do) after a period of time. Of course, with these Truman sets, the 17,000 will be gone on the first day, if not in the first hour.

    As for anyone who is on the fence about ordering these, my official response is to sit it out and pass on this item (less competition for me as I try to get my order in). But, in reality, why not just buy it and then decide later? The worst case scenario is you decide you don’t want it and you have to sell it at a huge profit.

  11. D Rittenhouse says

    I, for one, can’t see the value in the upcoming Harry S. Truman 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set. Its price, $57.95 plus S&H, gets you a common postage stamp, a one ounce pure silver medal, and the reverse proof clad Truman $1 presidential coin. The postage stamp is worth about 50¢ and the silver medal (which the Mint can produce in the future without limit) is worth no more than melt, currently about $16. That leaves you with a clad reverse proof $1 coin with a cost of over $40. It’s hard to see where the source of the profit might be, unless it’s the Greater Fool theory. Buying this set would probably violate at least a half-dozen of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. 🙂

  12. Dave SW FL says

    I would like to hear more on the pioneering military service. Previous recipients accomplishments have been well documented and have served as fantastic educational tools. Hopefully more info will be included upon. Decision and release.

    All who serve with valor deserve recognition, IMHO. THOSE SINGLED OUT FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE ( oops, sorry about the caps lock) should be documented!

    All designs look good to me except O- 09 looks a bit cartoonish to me.

  13. Dave SW FL says

    How can they justify the price on the C&C sets when the $1 Sacajawea C& C set was so much lower? Even subtracting out the silver medal value, the comparison makes these Presidential sets seem very expensive to me.

  14. Louis says

    They have price all the C&C sets since Lincoln at the same level I believe. I think part of the cost is the display case, which is quite nice.

  15. Louis says

    The Mint just said the web site listing for the liberty coin is erroneous and no date has been determined. More time to save your money up.

  16. JBK says

    Agree with Louis – the packaging is a large part of the cost of ther C&C sets.

    With that in mind, my question is, why don’t they price the Truman set higher than the previous C&C sets since it has a low mintage coin in it? I am glad, of course, they do not, but the silver medal and stamp are along for the ride. The real demand wil be for the RP dollar. I bet most of the nice packaging ends up in the dumpsters behind the slabbing companies.

    The Enhanced Unc. set last year was a real gift. Overpriced, repackaged novelties, until they decided to do the Enhanced Unc. dollar. Well worth the $14 at that point. And, as I recall, news of the special coin broke here on MNB first.

    Are low mintage modern clad coins worth a premium? It is a fact that they are. The laws of supply and demand have shown that. SHOULD they be worth a premium? That is another question that people can debate all they want, but don’t miss a good opportunity while they fight it out.

  17. a Bob says

    Nice designs on theses. What a difference a day makes.
    I would like to see these types of medals offered as one ounce silver medals for one year of date of issue. The mint is really underutilizing silver medals as a product offering.

  18. thePhelps says

    on the C&C sets… they have been including the bronze and silver releases – this time it appears on the silver and then the RP dollar… so a bit less of an offer – but we get a stamp…

  19. Larry says

    I think the 1997 set with the matte proof Jefferson nickel maybe be the closest thing to compare the upcoming Truman C&C set against. The only way to get that coin was to spend $36,00 for a set that contained a silver commemorative dollar, a $1.00 note, and the nickel. The mintage was 25,000. Today that nickel sells for around $160.00 on Ebay.
    I don’t think you need to worry about getting your money back on a circulating coin with a mintage of 17,000, if that is what you are worried about.
    I just like RP coins, so I will buy it for that alone. If I can get more than one, I will sell them to buy something else!

  20. Harry Baskins says

    Probably next the mint will put out a special medal under Obama’s orders honoring Trayvon Martin. Of course the killing was a horrible event, but Obama says this minority person was killed by a majority member but forgets to cite that the killer was Hispanic.

  21. Dustyroads says

    Larry, That’s a good point, I even said the same thing yesterday to a friend of mine. The thing to now consider is the fact that the dollars are not in circulation while the nickles are, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing down collecting of these. Anyway you look at it, these dollars will be the keys. The big spending precious metals buying guys are going to sneer at these, but a great number of smaller, less risk taking buyers will love them.

  22. JBK says

    I am not sure I agree with the statement that the dollars are not in circulation. They are not minted for circulation but they are minted as business strikes and many people do spend them. They are not just issued in sets – they also come in 100 coin bags and 250 and 500 coin boxes. In any case, they are part of a series that was largely minted for circulation.

  23. HiCal says

    Louis, most likely until August 11, but it does give me time to save more $ for the Liberty coin. So I will pickup my Jackie to go with my John gold half.

  24. D Rittenhouse says

    JBK said:
    I am not sure I agree with the statement that the dollars are not in circulation. They are not minted for circulation but they are minted as business strikes and many people do spend them. …

    The same could be said of the AtB S Mint non-proof quarters, too. And nobody considers them to be in circulation, either.

  25. Sith says

    I’m sorry some readers view this as political correctness. The way I view it is maybe if they would have recognized the minorities as contributing at the time they did the actions, none of this would be necessary, but of course I imagine the same posters would defending the flying the Confederate flag to support the bravery of southern soliders

  26. Sith says

    I’m sorry some posters view this as medal as political correctness but maybe if they had received the recognition at the time, of course I imagine these same posters will defend flying the Confederate flag To represent the bravery of confederate solders

  27. Erik H says

    I don’t buy medals but I’m glad that MNB features them because I always learn some new bit of history.

    If you ever go to P.R. there is a small coin shop that I found in the Plaza Las America’s mall. My Spanish isn’t that good so I just ask for the junk silver bin and look for something cool that stands out. The shop’s name is Botin Del Colectionista.

    There is also a memorabilia store that has some coins but their prices were a little out of wack with reality.

  28. Dave SW FL says

    Thanks, Eric. Next cruise has a stop in PR, so I will try to find your little jewel and treasure hunt .

    D Ritt,
    Nice link with lots of info. Thanks to you, also.

  29. Ends in Error says

    Lately I’m feeling like the Mint views us all as a bunch of Hogs ( or Pigs ). 😉
    They throw down whatever slop they can come up with and they expect us to eat it. Well I’m losing my appetite for their Washington slop.

  30. VA Bob says

    These WWII medals are way too late as nearly all these folks are gone by now. I also believe it’s a slippery slope with picking and choosing battalions, regiments, or divisions to honor, who gets one, who doesn’t. There were heroes in each, who get’s left out. I would prefer commemoration of specific actions as I’m a WWII buff. Not a big medal buyer, but pick up those I like from time to time, especially military related. As some suggested, a silver version might appeal at least bullion collectors and create more interest.

  31. Erik H says

    Dave SW Fl, a few years back there was a small hole in the wall jewelry shop in Old San Juan that had some nicely priced Morgan’s (all raw) but I couldn’t find it on my last trip so I don’t know if it closed or moved. FYI next month P.R. is increasing their sales tax from 6.5% to 11.5% so coin shopping may not look so great. I just like to see what’s out there for close to melt when I go.

    I did see a 2000 Leif Ericson commemorative set that I had been wanting but it was twice the price that I could get it on the bay. The clerk said that the owner would probably only drop the price 20% so I’ll just wait for a coin show to pick one up.

  32. Jeff says

    So for those bemoaning the cost of the upcoming C&C sets, look at it this way: The RP dollar coin cost is equivalent to the regular proof coins, the silver medal cost is equivalent to the ASE uncirculated NUMISMATIC release ($39.95) and the stamp is, well, 8 cents plus however much it costs to tear up sheets of these stamps and mount them in the packaging. Looking back at the 2013 and 2014 offerings, we’re getting a a bit less in comparison, but the dollars are RPs and the medal should be protected by being part of this set. Even if a silver Truman (or any of the other following pres. medals) are re-released, I suspect they would bear a different finish, kind of what the Mint did to differentiate the TR bronze medal in 2013. Finally, look at the 2013, 2014, 2015 (and potentially 2016) C&C sets as a separate sub-collection of the presidential dollar series, to be collected in OGP. To further make this a sub-collection, add to it the short-lived Historical Signature series dollars from 2008 (consists of the first eight pres dollars from 2007 and 2008), also in OGP. Now you have scarcity: none of the Historic Signature series offering cracked 17,000, only GW cracked 10,000 and NONE of the 2008 dollars cracked 4,000.

  33. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    How many more military pieces do we need? What is this
    some kind of joke, man. This says to other countries
    I am the state, the state is god, and we will attack you
    if you keep your oil.

    how about a medal for what makes america great like rhythm and blues
    commem, or elvis commem.

  34. Sith says

    @merryxmasmrscrooge – That has been mentioned before…and its one of the reasons I like Peace Dollars

    @Erik H – Thank you for the tips. Their use to be a nice coin shop on Roosevelt Avenue just pass Plaza Las Americas, across from the national guard armory

    @ VA Bob – This is the last segregated unit to get a medal. Maybe now they can move in the direction you mention

  35. stephen m says

    merryxmasmrscrooge, Yes, yes, medals that have history of changing America to make it great, like a 60’s-70’s medal.

  36. Erik H says

    Sith, Thanks for the info.

    When was the last time that you were at that shop on Roosevelt Ave? The last time I did a google search I only found the two that I mentioned and that was in 2011. On my most recent trip (not long ago) I couldn’t find the Old San Juan shop but the Plaza Las Americas shop is still open. I will have to do more research for my next trip.

  37. says

    I agree with Jeff about the sub-collections within the Presidential Dollar series. I just completed my collection of the 8 signature dollar series. They are beautiful items with the included engraving done by the BEP. I am not bothered by the fact that they stopped making them after 2008.
    The Coin & Chronicles series has been all over the place with John Marshall and Ben Franklin but they finally have a nice format with the recent Presidents during my lifetime. Better late than never. The quality of the OGP makes a big difference to me.

  38. Larry says

    Looks like the HR coin has been changed from the July boo boo date to TBD on the mint’s website.

  39. cagcrisp says

    24 hours to go and Not much is being said about the Gold Jackie. I can’t remember a Major launch of coin with so Little being said about it with a day to go…

  40. D Rittenhouse says

    <b?cagcrisp said
    24 hours to go and Not much is being said about the Gold Jackie. I can’t remember a Major launch of coin with so Little being said about it with a day to go…

    Even less was said about the April launch of the 2015 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin, which was More Major in Every Measurable Way than any First Spouse coin. Go figure.

  41. Larry says

    @ cagcrisp – that’s why they only sell a few thousand FS coins. It will be interesting to see how many Jackies they sell. It would be nice to have a Jackie FS and a gold Kennedy I guess. Just a little more money than I am willing to spend.

  42. Ends in Error says

    Just give me a bronze Jackie Medal. I don’t need all that Gold. I need some money for the mundane things, food, gas, utilities, insurance, etc.

  43. J JONAH JAMESON says

    Where does it say that only 17,000 of the Truman reverse proofs dollars will be minted. I see a 17,000 product limit on the mint website, but can’t they make more and put them in some other set?

  44. J JONAH JAMESON says

    Sorry, I must be blind. Just saw “The 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set includes a 2015 Harry S. Truman $1 Reverse Proof Coin minted in Philadelphia (found only in this set!)”

  45. JBK says

    Yes, it is confusing. Product limit: 17,000; Mintage limit: none.

    BUT…coin will only be available in this set (product).

    They could be a little clearer, but that would take the challenge out of it.

  46. Erik H says

    Sith, thanks.

    It would be interesting to know if they are still in business considering the state of the economy there right now.

  47. MikeinPa says

    Erik- i would like to get a jackie to compliment my gold kennedy but don’t think there will be any rush

  48. thePhelps says

    cag…I am out of the Jackie FS offering. I didn’t get the Kennedy gold and never planned on a Jackie coin. I think I am going to start my savings for next years offerings now.

  49. Barry says

    @cagrisp- I will be getting one proof Jackie O. tomorrow. I’m curious what the dealers and shopping channels will buy. I don’t know if this is a coin flippers will buy or not. We’ll know soon enough. .

  50. Zaz says

    Good. But I’m not holding my breath for no rush tomorrow. If the gold half could sell that many in under a week, these JKO coins will be gone in a couple of days… But these being from the much panned FS series will escape notice for the time being I expect.

  51. KCSO says

    At the risk of being labeled a bigot by the use of complete sentences or application of meaningful thought that some of you all can’t interpret or understand, I shall solely use fragments and emoticon to communicate from here on out MNB and refrain from anything original :). LMAO

    Cag, guesstimate on game day #, split?
    I’m thinking 7,500 / 2,700 by Sunday eve. Mint grossly overestimated this one, grossly underestimated next Tuesday, which creates opportunity.

  52. D Rittenhouse says

    Zaz said
    If the gold half could sell that many in under a week, these JKO coins will be gone in a couple of days…

    You make it sound like the limited mintage gold Kennedy half-dollar proof coins, which went on sale in August 2014, sold out quickly after introduction. But you can still buy those from the Mint, nearly a year later.
    http://catalog.usmint.gov/K15.html

  53. cagcrisp says

    @KCSO, I’m thinking along the same lines as you. With a Lot wanting to match up with the Proof JFK my guess would be an 80/20 split for Sunday evening. I will go with 12,260 proof and 3,065 uncirculated…

    After numbers come out on Tuesday, I would expect the uncirculated to pick up a few percentage points…

  54. Dustyroads says

    cag, I don’t collect the FS series, but would like to have the Jackie coin. I’m going to give it a month and decide then.

  55. D Rittenhouse says

    Dustyroads said:
    cag, I don’t collect the FS series, but would like to have the Jackie coin. I’m going to give it a month and decide then.

    Wise choice. By then, you’ll have more details about the competing LBJ and Lady Bird coins. :roll:

  56. Brad says

    Cag,

    I’m going to pick up my proof and uncirculated Jackie gold coins at the opening bell, one of each for my sets. I don’t want to delay ordering, since the Mint might only have 7,500 coins (5,000 proof/2,500 unc?) ready to go at the start. I don’t give a rip about the “First Strike” or “Early Releases” grading nonsense, but I don’t want to have to wait for a month or two for my coins on back order.

    I’m glad the price of gold pulled back in time to prevent a price increase this week, too. Had it gone up, I would have just had to pony up the extra $50 bucks since I still wouldn’t have wanted to wait. I despise the seemingly eternal back order status! I’m still waiting for a group of March of Dimes silver sets ordered on May 12th! There’s no sign of movement at all. What the @#$! is taking so long?

  57. Zaz says

    Thank you so much for making that clarification, first director of the US Mint. To further edify everyone, the first day’s sales of the gold Kennedy half dollar was 56,694 coins across all the sales channels. If you recall also the Kennedy’s FS total mintage is 30,000 which would be easily exhausted if the pace of sales matched the first day’s sales of the gold half. The inference would’ve obvious had you recalled these facts without my necessarily pointing them out to you, but since you appear to be a literalist, then let us cross the “T’s,” and dot the “I’s” for the imagination challenged such as the first director of the US Mint. I never mentioned anything about the gold half dollar being sold out either. This series of posts is first and foremost about the FS coin being released tomorrow.

  58. D Rittenhouse says

    Louis said:
    Just in time for tomorrow’s release I have a 4 page article in the July issue of the Numismatist magazine about the spouse series and the Jackie coin (and on page 73 the first of a new monthly column):
    http://onlinedigitalpublishing.com/publication/?i=263042

    Thanks for the complimentary copy of the July Numismatist. Your First Spouse article begins on page 45, for the record. I’m surprised that neither you nor your editors caught the incorrect word “proscribed” on page 46. I’m sure you meant to use the word “prescribed” and the error escaped detection because it passed the spell-checker test.

  59. Dustyroads says

    Louis, I for one enjoyed your article, it was very well put together. You might even consider asking DR for proof reading services, but I highly doubt that would last long if he were to agree to it.

  60. Brad says

    Dusty,

    DR isn’t perfect, there was another error in the article that he missed. However, I won’t be tacky and spell it out. It WAS a great article and I enjoyed reading it.

    True public awareness of the First Spouse series should come at the very end, when the Mint will likely present Nancy Reagan with one of her own coins at a special ceremony. The major TV networks will probably show some clips from that, making a lot of people aware of the little-known coin series. Some of them might look into past issues and be surprised at how insanely low some of the mintages are. Maybe a few of those people may even have a go at trying to build a set.

  61. D Rittenhouse says

    Louis,
    You wrote in your First Spouse article:
    However, an exception was made for President Chester A. Arthur, who was widowed prior to taking office. Instead of a Liberty theme, the mint opted for an image of suffragist Alice Paul on the reverse.

    This is untrue. The Mint had no options about the image on the First Spouse coin associated with Chester Arthur. The presidential $1 coin legislation prescribed that:
    the image on the obverse of the bullion coin corresponding to the $1 coin relating to such President shall be an image emblematic of the concept of ‘Liberty’—

    as represented, in the case of President Chester Alan Arthur, by a design incorporating the name and likeness of Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement, who was instrumental in gaining women the right to vote upon the adoption of the 19th amendment and thus the ability to participate in the election of future Presidents, and who was born on January 11, 1885, during the term of President Arthur; …

  62. D Rittenhouse says

    Louis said:
    Good to see DR is looking at the big picture.

    US coins from the 18th and 19th century are almost universally butt ugly. But they all have collectible value which, in general, is directly proportional to their rarity, with respect to both mintage and condition.

    In the long run, (or as Louis prefers – the big picture), rarity will always trump a pretty design at the cashier’s window.

  63. VA Bob says

    Sorry Jackie, I believe, at least for me, the 2015 HR won out over a potential first FS purchase. See you in bronze this December time frame.

  64. D Rittenhouse says

    Of course, some guy name Keynes once observed back in the ’20s:
    “But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.”

  65. gary says

    While I do expect the gold Jackie Kennedy to probably sell better than most First Spouse issues of recent years I wouldn’t expect it to increase interest in new collectors to start collecting this expensive series. There could be many thrifty collectors who will obtain a bronze medal to go with a gold JFK and save their $$$ for the upcoming high relief gold or the 2016 offerings.

  66. Hidalgo says

    @vDustyroads – I plan to add the bronze Jackie Kennedy medal to my collection. I have no intention of buying the gold coin version.

  67. Larry says

    Looking at my 100 Greatest Modern Coins, second addition, only one FS coin is on the list, the 2008 Liberty. With the low mintages of the set, you would think many more would be on the list. That should tell you something.

  68. Clark says

    @Louis–Thanks for authoring and sharing your well-written article on the first spouse series. Even though you seem to end with the conclusion that future demand (for post series production?) is difficult to justify today, your summary was fair, balanced and factually accurate. I especially like your point that the series’ rapid decline coincided with the onset of the great recession. That’s an important and often overlooked fact. The online format of the magazine was equally good and easy to navigate. I will add your work to the digital anthology of better media coverage of the fs series.

    You were right on the money with your cost estimate of $60K to collect the gold members of the fs series. To date, I have spent a little north of $62K, according to the excel spreadsheet that tracks all my coin purchases.

    The legislative history of Rep, Castle’s enabling legislation is thin. With your background on the Hill, I hope you will someday write about why Castle pushed this through, who was behind it and the likelihood that it will continue well beyond next year’s final three fs issues, as currently living presidents pass away. I personally believe that politics will prevent the series from ever ending as Congress will want to honor Presidents soon after they die.

    Thank you so much!

    *Minor correction: The reference to Julia Hayes should be changed to Lucy Hayes.

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