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.
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.