The United States Mint’s website currently shows the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Discovery Set as “temporarily unavailable”. This unavailability may have something to do with one of the quotes included on the packaging.
These sets originally went on sale September 3, 2013. Each set includes a single 2013-P Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar incorporated into an informational folder and accompanied by an 11-page activity book. The content and activities are indicated as appropriate for 8-12 year olds. The product is priced at $9.95 and carries a production limit of 20,000 sets.
As of the most recent weekly sales report published today, sales have reached 1,897 units. I purchased two of the sets for my kids shortly after the start of sales.
This week I received a letter from the United States Mint explaining that the “walk softly and carry a big stick” quote used in the center panel of the packaging (shown above) is more commonly quoted as “speak softly and carry a big stick”. The letter was accompanied by an insert (shown below) which further explained the “big stick” policy and how the quote has been written in slightly different ways by different people.
Given the recent unavailability of the product, it may be the case that the US Mint has stopped sales so that the inserts can be placed in the sets prior to any further sales. Alternately, it may be the case that the folders are being revised altogether to feature the more common version of the quote.
If the latter, will collectors eventually place a premium on the “walk softly” variety folder?