The U.S. Mint has announced dates for two upcoming releases that are likely to be greeted by high demand.
The first will be the 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency Set, set to go on sale on August 24 at a cost of $14.95 per unit. The set includes one enhanced uncirculated 2015 Native American $1 coin and one $1 Series 2013 note from the Federal Reserve Bank. Both the coin and the note come in a tri-fold presentation folder with an outer sleeve, and are only available as part of this set.
While last year’s set honored the role Native American hospitality played in the success of Lewis and Clark’s transcontinental expedition, this year’s focus is on the Mohawk Ironworkers, known for their contributions to the construction of New York City skyscrapers, including the World Trade Center.
The $1 coin’s obverse carries the image of Sacagawea used since 2000, with the word LIBERTY inscribed at the top of the design. To the left of the image are the words, IN GOD WE TRUST. A U.S. Mint press release describes the reverse image as featuring a “Mohawk ironworker reaching for an I-beam that is swinging into position, rivets on the left and right side of the border, and a high elevation view of the city skyline in the background.”
Inscribed on the reverse are MOHAWK IRONWORKERS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and the coin’s “$1” denomination. The coins are 26.49 mm (1.043 inches) in diameter, 2 mm thick, and they bear a mint mark of W for the West Point Mint.
Each of the one dollar notes will carry a serial number beginning with “911” in acknowledgement of the Mohawk Ironworkers’ recovery work after the collapse of the twin towers in 2001. A certificate of authenticity is printed on the package.
Last year, the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set sold out its entire 50,000 unit inventory in less than one week. A mintage limit has yet to be designated for the 2015 release.
Also on deck is the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set, due for release at noon on September 15. It has a mintage limit of 50,000 and an order limit of two per household. Each set will cost $57.95.
The set will showcase three items: a 2015 John F. Kennedy $1 Reverse Proof coin that will bear a “P” (for Philadelphia) mint mark and will only be available as part of this set; a 40.60 mm (1.598 inch) John F. Kennedy .999 silver medal with no mint mark (also minted in Philadelphia); and a 1964 five cent John F. Kennedy postage stamp.
The reverse proof coin features a portrait of President Kennedy on its obverse, with the inscriptions JOHN F. KENNEDY, 35th PRESIDENT, 1961-1963, and IN GOD WE TRUST. The reverse design presents a “large, dramatic” image of the Statue of Liberty, along with the year of minting, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and the mint mark.
The obverse of the silver medal will also feature a portrait of the thirty-fifth president, with JOHN F. KENNEDY circling the outer edge of the design. The reverse bears the inscription INAUGURATED PRESIDENT along the top of the medal, with JANUARY 20, 1961 across the bottom.
The Kennedy Coin and Chronicles set will follow the Dwight D. Eisenhower release in the series, scheduled to go on sale at noon on August 11. It will be interesting to see how these releases fare in comparison to the 2015 The Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicles set, which was released on June 30 and sold out in fifteen minutes. The Truman set had a per household purchase limit of five, while the Eisenhower and Kennedy sets will be capped at two, no doubt as part of an effort by the U.S. Mint to divide access more equitably among interested buyers.
(Updated to include reverse images of 2015 Native American $1 Proof Coin.)