The 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles Set will go on sale this coming Tuesday, August 11, at noon ET. The set includes an Eisenhower Presidential Silver medal, a 1969 Eisenhower postage stamp, and a Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin that is only available as part of this set.
The coin’s obverse features a portrait of President Eisenhower with DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, IN GOD WE TRUST, 34th PRESIDENT, and the years of his presidency, 1953-1961, inscribed along the edge of the coin. The reverse includes an image of the Statue of Liberty beside the coin’s $1 denomination. The words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA circle along the coin’s outer edge.
The 1 oz. Eisenhower Presidential Medal is struck in 99.9% fine silver and stretches 1.598 inches in diameter. Its obverse shows a rendering of the president in profile, with DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER circling along the edge of the design. The reverse shows a robed personification of Freedom standing atop the dome of the U.S. Capitol. To the right of the figure is a depiction of the Eastern U.S., with a farmer working the image’s foreground and big city buildings rising behind him in the distance. The left side of the design features pioneers driving a stagecoach into the American West.
Both the coin and the medal were minted in Philadelphia. The set has a purchase limit of two orders per household, and an overall a mintage limit of 17,000.
The popular Presidential Coin & Chronicles sets are almost guaranteed to sell out. At present only the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt set can be purchased on the U.S. Mint’s website; as of August 4, it had sold 13,924 of its 20,000 mintage limit.
That set’s successor, the 2015 Harry Truman Coin & Chronicles Set , obliterated the mint’s sales forecast when it sold 16,780 units during its first fifteen minutes of availability. Earlier this week, the mint listed total sales of the set at 16,833—disconcertingly close to its 17,000 mintage limit for collectors hoping to obtain one. The product page for the set lists the Truman set as “currently unavailable,” adding only that “more may be available later.”
After Eisenhower, the John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles set is scheduled for release on September 16, and the Lyndon Johnson set will become available sometime in October.
Finally, a note on the 2015 John F. Kennedy Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set: the set sold 872 units last week, bringing its sales to a total of 17,489 as of Tuesday. The U.S. Mint is currently only accepting back orders for the item, with new inventory expected to become available on Wednesday, September 9.
For more information on Presidential $1 coins and sets, visit the U.S. Mint’s Web page.
Update: Possibly in reaction to the sales disparity between the FDR and Truman Coin & Chronicles sets, the U.S. Mint notes in a press release that “the bureau will re-evaluate the order limit (for the Eisenhower set) over the period this set is available for sale.”