Arrival: 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set

Just ahead of the release of the Baseball HOF Commemorative Coins, the United States Mint began shipment of the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Sets. This special product issued to honor the 26th President had originally gone on sale December 17, 2013.

The Coin and Chronicles Set includes the 2013-S Proof Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, the Bald Eagle National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Bronze Medal, and a one ounce .999 fine silver Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Medal. The proof coin and Bald Eagle bronze medal had previously been released, while the silver Presidential Medal was a unique offering, representing the first time in United States Mint history that the medal had been struck in .999 silver.


Since I have received the set in hand, I wanted to share some images and impressions with readers. Shown above is the outer protective sleeve at left, which houses the illustrated presentation case at right.


The case opens to reveal the Proof Presidential Dollar at right with a quote below, “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” A facsimile of Theodore Roosevelt’s signature appears beneath. At left are the Silver Presidential Medal and the Bald Eagle Bronze Medal, which features a full length portrait of Roosevelt on the obverse.


The left side of the case flips upwards to reveal a reproduction of a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt. The right side opens to the right to reveal an educational booklet containing information about Theodore Roosevelt’s history as a naval leader, war hero, President, and conservationist. Overall this is a nicely put together set that I am pleased to have added to my collection.

Theodore Roosevlet Silver Medal

The primary numismatic draw of the set is the Silver Presidential Medal. The Presidential Medal has previously been issued in bronze, most commonly found in 1-5/16 inch diameter. The one ounce silver medal has a wider diameter of 1.598 inches, the same as the American Silver Eagle.

In the past, the United States Mint has offered other silver medals individually or as part of certain numismatic products. After the initial offering, these medals tend to become overlooked, since most collectors focus on legal tender coins.

The US Mint offered the 1993 Philadelphia Set, which contained the 1993-dated fractional proof Gold Eagles and proof Silver Eagle (all struck in Philadelphia at the time) and a specially created Philadelphia Bicentennial Silver Medal. View one of the sets here. Total set sales reached 12,689, also representing the mintage for the included medal.

The US Mint has also offered the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Firefighters Silver Medal, which reached total sales estimated at 80,000. In 2003, four different commemorative silver medals were released to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, limited to mintages of 25,000 or 35,000. Most recently, the US Mint offered the 2011 September 11 National Medals, which reached sales of 177,342 across proof and uncirculated versions.

As of this week’s sales report, the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set has reached sales of 9,762 units, which seems surprisingly low. The product still remains available for sale at the US Mint, priced at $57.95.

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  1. Pittsburgh P says

    @ Dan in fla… thats odd because one of my BHoF coin order shipped out today and one last Friday. I think they both actually went out today though… At least thats what the ups tracking says. If what you heard is true I am glad I have those coming…

  2. fmtransmitter says

    CW says
    APRIL 21, 2014 AT 5:06 PM

    fmtransmitter said, ‘Only a trained eye on such things will know…’ regarding grading. Why not become that trained eye? Why pay someone with even less concern for the coin than you?

    That is exactly my plan since I am off work I am planning to take a grading class and I encourage all collectors to if they truly are collectors and not say a flipper.

  3. fmtransmitter says

    hw says
    APRIL 21, 2014 AT 3:21 PM

    Michael may delete this post. So read fast.

    FYI: I purchased a set of NGC-graded PF/MS 70 BHOF (all six) from a TPG for $2700. I don’t think that is an reasonable price for a set that is quite unique.

    Who graded them? Makes all the difference when/if you go to sell…

  4. Ray says

    wow for 2700. i hope they are FS/ER. i personally could never spend that much on coins that just sold out or are still for sale at the mint. if i get coins in time, and in great condition, i will submit to TPG for the grades/ER FS labels. Guess I’m too green in this hobby. Honestly, I have yet to buy a graded coin from anyone.

  5. GoldFishin says

    @Matt….thanks for the information and congrats! That is the kind of info I wish more folks would post.

  6. matt says

    I’m glad that gold was a 70. Two out of three isn’t too bad.

    GoldFishin says

    April 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    @Matt….thanks for the information and congrats! That is the kind of info I wish more folks would post.

  7. CW says

    It is worth noting the Roosevelt image was done by Barber. One of the better images he ever created IMO. And worth it to have in silver.

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