Closing the series for 2015, the United States Mint at noon ET today, Oct. 27, will issue the Lyndon B. Johnson Coin and Chronicles Set. This set has a reverse proof $1 coin, a silver medal, an 8-cent stamp and an information booklet chronicling the life of the 36th U.S. President.
Priced at $57.95, all 25,000 sets are expected to sell quickly. The first two sets for 2015 honored Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. They had limits of 17,000 and they sold out within 15 minutes of their release. The more recent John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles Set had a higher limit of 50,000. Still, it saw exceptional demand with sales of 40,000 in the first hour and over 45,600 by the 12th hour. That said, it was a surprise that it took about two more weeks until all the rest sold.
2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Coin and Chronicles Sets include the following items, all housed in a gray presentation folder:
- One reverse proof 2015-P Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin, struck in Philadelphia.
- One Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Silver Medal, also struck in Philadelphia.
- One Lyndon B. Johnson 1973 postage stamp.
- An information booklet about LBJ and his life.
The unique reverse proof dollar is only available within this set, with a U.S. Mint image of it here:
Greatly enhancing their collectible appeal, the Mint just this year started striking reverse proof Presidential dollars and then they made them exclusive to the limited-edition chronicles sets. Reverse proof coins feature mirror-like devices and frosted fields, which is opposite of standard proof coins.
The set’s silver medal is composed from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and it’s design is a replica of Johnson’s inauguration bronze medal from 1965. They’re struck on the same planchets that make American Silver Eagles.
Reverses offer the Presidential Seal along with "INAUGURATED PRESIDENT" at the top and "JANUARY 20, 1965" on the bottom. Other inscriptions read "November 27, 1963" and the quote: "WE WILL SERVE ALL THE NATION, A UNITED NATION WITH A UNITED PURPOSE. – LYNDON B. JOHNSON."
The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia makes the silver medals and reverse proof $1 coins, but only the dollars have a ‘P’ mint mark.
The 2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set will be available from the United States Mint’s online product page right here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).