Arrival: 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set

A few weeks back, I received my order for the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set from the United States Mint. I wanted to share some images of the set and in particular note the finish on the included bronze medal.

First some background on the bronze medal- The United States Mint has long offered a continuing series of bronze medals issued to honor the past Presidents. The US Mint currently offers a limited selection of these medals, which includes the most famous and most recent Presidents. At various times in the past, the Mint seems to have offered or made available the complete selection of medals covering all Presidents. These complete sets can be picked up at quite reasonable prices. At the time of this post, there are sets priced as low as $49.95 on eBay. My personal collection of these medals can be seen below (click any picture in this post to expand).

bronze-medal-set

The 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set originally went on sale at the Mint on December 22, 2014. Each set includes the 2014-S Proof Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, 2014-S Proof Roosevelt Dime, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medal struck in bronze and struck in 1 oz of .999 silver, and four USPS stamps.

While the two included coins are readily available through other products, the 1 oz silver medal was offered for the first time in this set and remains exclusive to the set. Although not noted in the product description or press releases, the bronze medal also appears to be a unique version to the set, carrying a different finish than previously released 1 5/16-inch bronze medals.

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Shown above are the basic contents of the set. An outer sleeve holds a folder and booklet. The folder contains the coins, medals, and stamps, as well as includes a brief biography and the certificate of authenticity. The illustrated booklet includes information on FDR’s four terms as President, coinage laws approved by the President, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the President’s National Park legacy.

fdr2Here the folder is opened to reveal the coins, medals, and stamps with the design of each briefly described. The coins are placed in capsules, which are removable with some effort. The stamps are held under plastic and are not removable.

FDR Silver MedalHere is a close up of the silver medal included in my set. According to the Mint, these are struck on the same planchets used for American Silver Eagles. The design comes from the Presidential Medal, which includes a portrait on the obverse and a seated figures on the reverse to represent a sorrowing nation. As opposed to the original bronze medal, the obverse field for the silver medal have been given a more textured look which provides a unique and compelling appearance.

fdr-bronzeHere is a close up of the bronze medal. Once again the obverse field has a textured appearance not seen on the previously issued bronze medals. Additionally, this version of the bronze medal carries an antique style finish. To my knowledge, this has not been seen previously on any 1 5/16 inch Presidential Medals issued by the US Mint. (A reader has mentioned that the larger sized 3-inch bronze medals have had varying patina applied over the years.)

fdr-compareShown above is a side by side comparison of the antique style finish medal from the recent set next to the previously issued bronze medal, which carries the finish that I have seen on all other Presidential Medals. Whether or not the appearance of the medal captures any widespread interest, it certainly makes the set a more interesting piece to add to one’s collection. The most recent sales report shows total sales of 8,868 units out of a 20,000 maximum product limit.

This year’s US Mint product release schedule shows Coin and Chronicles Sets to be issued for the 33rd to 36th Presidents, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. If the silver and bronze medals follow the same format as the FDR set, this could form the basis for an ongoing collection of the modern Presidential Medals in unique style.

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Comments

  1. MikeinPA says

    is the UHR going to be a coin and medal set or am i mistaken, the article seems to indicate a coin medal set, either way i better start saving my pennies

  2. Dustyroads says

    Larry, Thanks for the link.

    MikeinPA, First of all, it is to be a gold coin in a set with a medal, and the gold coin will be high relief not UHR….sorry. I am already saving my money for it, so I’m hoping it’s going to be a nice one….adding a $100.00 to my fund tomorrow.

  3. fmtransmitter says

    Wow, I started reading back posts on my phone a.d had to scroll up over twenty times to get to a post by dan. I didn’t have time to read it. But I did read briefly about a $75 face value gold coin. I am not sure but I was just thinking about this today actually. The 30th SE. I bet it’s going to be one ounce gold. No change in design, just HR. The mint really loves selling gold, it fills their accounts up quicker and there is less production costs IMHO…

  4. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    $75 Face Value = New Column on Pricing Grid (read, higher premium) – if it’s to be sold solely as a coin/medal set, then perhaps the reason for the FV change(?).

    I’m curious to see if they’ll be an adjustment to the USM $5 (’15 Comm) pricing grid, which would carry over a $400/ounce premium over spot when compared to B31/32 pricing.

    GF – ahhh, that was a great game, that’s what you want to see come playoff time.., certainly not 45-7 games.., which won’t be the case in two weeks. Hope we get some good commercials out of it too that are more representative of those 10 years back or so.., they’ve gotten too lame, and too PC.., which is really counter-intuitive to a football fan audience, eh?

  5. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    I’d like to get your all’s thoughts on something (before we get too emotionally involved in a UHR/HR gold coins and see the designs come Thursday) –

    For a modern, one-off 1 oz .999 gold coin, what do feel the collector saturation point it? Or put differently, the mintage that would create sustainable numismatic demand/appreciation?

    Just putting a number is fine – I’d like to see what some of you all think and hoping for at least 10 inputs, appreciate ya throwing it out there.

  6. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Should read – For a modern, one-off 1 oz .999 gold coin, what do YOU feel the collector saturation point it?

  7. thePhelps says

    KCSO…I think it depends on the price. I think we already have an established number based on the number of reverse proof Buffalo gold pieces sold. I don’t see this selling a lot more or a lot less than those. If the mint tries to make a large profit off these – then I think the number will be less than the Buffs.

  8. Larry says

    @Keepcalm, who knows? Too many variables. The 2009 UHR sold 100K and it is still very popular and sells at a pretty good premium. The RP Buff sold like 50K and it sells for right around what it costs in OGP, The 2006 RP Eagle, well that only sold 10K and boy I would like to have one of those. I tried to buy one at the ANA show this year and could only find a couple and they would only sell the whole 2006 set of three gold coins, which was way over my budget. But if they made a UHR version of the silver eagle, that may be a great coin no matter how many are minted IMHO.

  9. VA Bob says

    Dusty – No worries about the comment yesterday. I didn’t take it in a negative way, in fact I was concerned I came off the wrong way. So your comment helped me to clarify. Thanks.

  10. stephen m says

    A gold silver eagle? The 25th ASE anniversary 5-piece set is obtainable plenty and it was limited to just short of 100K. Maybe more so than the 20th anni. set that has a mintage of somewhere around 250K. The 10th anniversary set with a much lower mintage, around 30 something K, can still be collected at a high price. Of course it is still very early in the ASE game. I’m sure the mint will have a nice 30th anniversary set for us.

  11. cagcrisp says

    Just like I said last week. Seems like lasts weeks numbers were Not correct. All the 2013 FS have been revised Sharply downward and Most of the 2014 FS were revised downward. K14 and K15 both revised downward.

    What a cluster………………….

  12. Dustyroads says

    KCSO~ That’s a good question and a hard one to answer right now. It looks obvious to me that the Mint is grabbing for as much revenue as they can at the moment, my guess is that it’s at the top of their list. Therefor I’m expecting them to shoot for the stars with as many of their greatest designs and ideas that they can lay out on the table for the foreseeable future and attempt to offset the saturation they plan on creating until they change their present “MO”.
    I’m afraid that Washington is locked into the “grow bigger and spend more” campaign with the Mint filing suit right behind with the central orders to create…create…create. We must be living in the best of times, and the worst of times…

    So I have to say that a saturation point for a really nice gold and silver set would be 100,000+.
    The saturation point for a mediocre set would be 50,000.
    Then 500 for a far less than attractive set…you know, the one you buy because you’re too drunk to know what you’re doing set. A set that might have the pawn stars “stars” lined up on the obverse with a heraldic Elvis on the reverse. We can leave that one up to the fine producers of any number of private mints that operate around the world today.

  13. anita says

    a lot of analysts are predicted this year gold and silver will go up. said 30% for gold and 60% for silver. and the UHR gold and silver coin will come out late this year. that bring these two coins mint initial prices at the highest..

  14. Tinto says

    KCSO

    For me the number of mintage will depend upon the attractiveness of the design, the buffalo commemorative is still selling at a premium to the OGP …

  15. Tinto says

    cont’d from prior posting (had a fat finger episode) and gold/silver set mintage of about 25k … it’ll also depend, as someone said before on the mint’s selling price.

  16. Dan says

    I have been following this mint blog for 5 years. I don’t chime in, but I have a question regarding the 2014 coin and currency set. Thanks for the ones that spilled the beans on the special finish coin.I bought a couple dozen. My question is the finish on the face of the native, I have one coin that looks proof like. While the others are grainy. Are the one that are grainy the finish or is the one I have that is proof like a special coin? Thx Dan

  17. Ikaika says

    Anyone have an idea how much will the US Marshal coins be sold for? Gold, silver and clad. Also the 3 coin proof set.

  18. fmtransmitter says

    you know, the one you buy because you’re too drunk to know what you’re doing set. A set that might have the pawn stars “stars” lined up on the obverse with a heraldic Elvis on the reverse. We can leave that one up to the fine producers of any number of private mints that operate around the world today

    Or a Pete Rose signed HOF coin? LMAO, nice one Dusty!

  19. Dustyroads says

    Dan, The wire brush technique used to create the almost proof like appearance on the 2014 Native Hospitality EU coins does apparently vary some as the planchets are prepared for striking. It’s a new technique for the Mint which may or may not be used again. I was let down by the varying finish of the wire brush technique, but as these things go, if you should find a really nice looking example, then it will only add to the value.

  20. fmtransmitter says

    cagcrisp says

    January 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Another Gold price Increase tomorrow. Just in time for the US Marshal Golds…
    Seems to always be that way…

  21. jeff says

    US Marshal

    *Mintage Limits:
    •$5 Gold Proof Coin – 100,000
    •Proof Silver Dollar – 500,000
    •Proof Clad Half-Dollar – 750,000

    Nothing really worth writing home,. GL on the gold price increase just in time hey.

  22. achmed says

    I hope the mint will not make a set of the 75 Dollar coin together with a silver medal. Such a goldcoin should be in a box separately. I assume it will be a 1,5 ounce goldcoin in UHR, so it should have the same diameter as the buffalo 1 ounce gold coin.

  23. CasualCollector says

    @Dan
    Regarding the PL Coin and Currency Sacagawea you have — did you buy that set directly from the mint or on the secondary market?

  24. cagcrisp says

    @Ikaika , US Marshal
    Coin Introductory price Regular price
    Silver Proof $46.95 $51.95
    Silver Uncirculated 43.95 48.95
    Clad Proof 14.95 18.95
    Clad Uncirculated 13.95 17.95

    The Gold are TBD. Using current Mint Grid with Gold being between $1,250-$1,299 the Golds would be;
    Gold Proof $417.60
    Gold Unc $412.60

  25. Dan says

    Casual collector..
    I bought 3 dozen 2014 coin and currency sets from the mint directly. Out of the 3 dozen this one caught my eye. This one is just different very shiney and proof like unlike the other coins. I sent pictures to Michael. So maybe he has some advice or input. Thx Dan

  26. cagcrisp says

    I’m thinking about passing on the US Marshal Gold. Had planned on Buying several. I don’t like what I’m seeing in the Market. The Marshal’s will be available All year so I don’t have to make any decisions at this time. This is a train I Can miss and I will Not be hurt…

  27. Tinto says

    @cagcrisp

    Gold’s on a strong run .. it’s even pricier than platinum now, change of plan for me, I’ll just go with the silver Marshals bec. of the design … forget the gold and clad (too PC) …. save up for the UHR/HR combo hopefully good designs will be chosen … like that platinum design (R-17) for the 2015/16 proof which the Mint production people wimped out on …

  28. cagcrisp says

    @Ikaika, Using Info on the Mints Grid, it says the commemorative 3-coin mulit-metal set would be $478.60 IF Gold is in the $1,250-$1299.99 range…

  29. Tinto says

    @cagcrisp

    Thanks for the price breakdown of the US Marshals

    I will buy the silvers maybe 3 or 4 ea Prf/Unc during the intro pricing period .. the discount is too good to pass up there

  30. The Real"Cool" Dave says

    @dan

    Still waiting —

    USM0277XXXX $2XX.00 12/5/2014 This order contains 1 item. PROCESSING

    –Go Patriots!!

  31. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    @dan

    Still waiting —

    USM0277XXXX $2XX.00 12/5/2014 This order contains 1 item. PROCESSING

    –Go Patriots!!

  32. CasualCollector says

    @Dan
    That’s good — I was afraid if from the secondary market that they switched out the EU and replaced it with a Proof. But since yours are direct from the Mint then that cannot be the case (which is good). Now I’d love to see the coin — maybe it’s a variation of some sort…

  33. fmtransmitter says

    Yea cagcrisp, it is a hard decision, I was just scanning over this years offerings…The Marshals gold reverse looks stunning but then the HR silver and gold and then the March of Dimes…Ugh, the Mint knows how to entice us numismatists…

  34. Dan says

    I sent Michael the pictures fo the sacawegea cc coin. As I mention the first time it is the face on the front of the coin that is super shiny. If Michael thinks some thing is unique to the coin maybe he will post the pictures. Thx dan

  35. dan says

    “Real Cool Dave”

    I sent an additional letter to the mint support group and received another reply yesterday evening becuase the two prior letter from them contadicted each other.. In their letter they state that I am in fact backordered and will receive the order as soon as they receive the product. In addition they did admit to a screw up in their system which allowed orders placed at a later date than mine and your orders to be shipped. If you or anyone else is intrested in the last exchange of letters, I can post them if you like. Maybe you should fire off a letter and see what status your order is really in. By the way, my order does not now or has ever said processing just on hold and then backordered.

    AFter the order is finalized one way or the other, I intend to send copies of all the correspondence to the new Mint Director just to let him know that there might be problems in the system.

    By the way, there are 2 dans, one with a capital D and one (me) with a small d. I have been on this site for many years also but do not post regularly, only If I can help someone or Post something of significance.

    .

  36. Frank A says

    @dan

    I am definitely interested in seeing your last correspondence from the Mint. Please do post the last reply. Thanks.

  37. dan says

    Frank

    As per your request here are the copies of my inquiry which is below their reply. Each time I contacted them I did so in reply so that they could follow the history of my request and their responses.

    US Mint Support

    To
    me

    Jan 19 at 6:00 PM

    Dear James Kelly,

    Thank you for your recent inquiry to the United States Mint concerning your coin order.

    We sincerely apologize for the miscommunication regarding your order. As of 01/19/2015 order number USM0276XXXX is on backorder. You are correct, the fulfillment center will ship as soon as inventory becomes available.

    The distribution center did experience an issue which caused a small portion of total orders for the American $1 Coin and Currency Set to ship prior to other orders which were placed on past days. All orders which were placed prior to this issue will still be allocated inventory and shipped when available. We apologize for the delay in getting you your order and appreciate you shopping with the United States Mint.

    For more information, you may contact us seven (7) days a week from 8:00 AM to 12:00 midnight Eastern Time. Hearing and speech impaired customers with TTY equipment can reach us Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time or by visiting us online at http://www.catalog.usmint.gov. To contact us by email, please reply to this correspondence or send an email to usmint-support@catalog.usmint.gov.

    We appreciate your interest in United States Mint products, programs and services.

    United States Mint

    Customer Service Center

    1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468)

    TTY 1-888-321-MINT (6468)

    001-1-202-898-6468

    Visit us at http://www.catalog.usmint.gov to check on your order status, update your US Mint profile and to place new orders.

    Original Message Follows: ————————

    Your emails are very confusing. One says that I am on a waiting list, which in the past pretty much means you are out of luck, and the second leads me to believe that I am definitely going to receive this order. In the past backordered products usually meant the fulfillment center was waiting for packaging or product to ship out but the product was available, whereas when a waiting list was posted it would mean that the mint was in fact sold out of the product but in case of cancellations or returns, you might receive it. So I guess the question is, am I waitlisted and hoping on returns or cancellations or is this order backordered ( available) and there is just a shipping problem.

    IN addition I am now asking for a third time, as to why orders as far back as December 11th shipped out prior to this order of December 4th…..? Thanks again

  38. dan says

    Frank
    I sent the copies of the letters but for some reason they do not post. Michael must have the system set up as to not post copies for some reason. When I posted the communications last time the same thing happened and after a short period of time michael let it post, hopefgully he will do the same this time.

  39. VA Bob says

    dan – you have to copy and paste the body of the letter (edit out any personal info). Also, for the more proof-like SAC’s I believe these were the dies used just prior to replacement. The wear on the dies smooths out the brushed marks. Not to worry though, many people seem to seek out these “proof-like” coins and even pay a premium for them.

  40. dan says

    VA Bob

    I did copy and pasate and removed my personal infor but now that I think about it, it still had the mints website address in it. Do you think thats what causes the problem? The issue with the SAC’s is the other Dan’s question, he uses a capital D in the name. I know its confusing but neither of us post all that often. Thanks for your help.

  41. VA Bob says

    dan – sorry about that. If it was lengthy that might be the issue. Not sure if Michael would pull it due to the Mints address, as that is common knowledge, easily found on the net.

  42. dan says

    VA Bob

    I appreciate the help and guidance, like I said I dont post all that often. There are many great posts made here by many and over the years have learned much more than I would have on my own but I hate it when you get a few with attitude and attack other posters. Shame they dont make an attitude or hate mail screener or filter..

  43. VA Bob says

    dan – The negatives are pretty far and few between (at least lately). I’d like to think everyone has something important to say here about coins, even the occasional agitator. I try not to let it bother me, though sometimes it’s difficult to do. Most everyone here is nice and helpfu, as I’m sure you’re aware. I comment when I believe I can add something and let others more knowledgeable comment on ebay, TPG specific issues (other than my personal opinion of them), or selling. I enjoy when members pose questions, because chances are someone else wants to know too, just didn’t want to ask. Those get everyone thinking and often clear up misconceptions. Don’t be a stranger.

  44. I started collecting yesterday says

    Hello again. Thanks for the help regarding information about the stamps in the FDR coin and chronicles set. Unfortunately, the 1 answer on another thread only talked about the importance of looking at both sides of a stamp. I think it might be helpful for some information about the stamps, especially if they are reproductions and how they might differ from 1st issue. I cant seem to find any information on these. Thanks!

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