Near the end of last week, the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set sold out at the United States Mint. After roughly eight months of availability, the product had reached sales of around 15,000 units.
The sets originally went on sale December 17, 2013 and there was a fair amount of build up leading into the release. Nearly a year beforehand, the United States Mint’s 2012 Annual Report made mention of a special set to honor President Theodore Roosevelt. The product was expected to be popular due to his unique contribution to American coinage.
Each set contained the 2013-S Proof Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar, the Bald Eagle National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Bronze Medal, and a one ounce 99.9% silver Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Medal. The first two items had been previously released, but the third item represented a unique offering. This was actually the first time in United States Mint history that the medal had been struck in 99.9% silver.
Opening sales for the product were somewhat tepid with 5,754 units reported sold in roughly the first ten days. The pace of weekly sales quickly dropped off. The latest sales report indicates total sales of 15,023 units, but that figure will likely see adjustment in the next report.
There was a long delay in the initial shipment of the sets, which may have put a damper on enthusiasm. The first sets would not ship until about four months after the initial on-sale date. I provided images and impressions of the set I received for my personal collection in this post. Another factor weighing on sales may have also been that the unique inclusion was not a coin, but a non-legal tender medal. I discussed this in the previous linked post.
The United States Mint does continue to accept orders for the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Discovery Set. This was a separate product targeted towards younger collectors which included an uncirculated 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar along with historical content and activities indicated as age appropriate for 8-12 year olds. Sales for this product have reached 5,932 units.