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).
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.
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.
Here 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.
Here 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.
Here 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.)
Shown 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.