Coin and stamp collectors can get a closer look now at the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set before it launches next week on Dec. 22, 2014. The U.S. Mint published new images of an opened set along with its booklet, coins and medals.
Limited to 20,000 sets with each priced at $57.95, it’s the second in a product line after last year’s Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set which was also $57.95 and sold out with sales of 15,144. I have to say, I was very pleased with that set and I plan on ordering the new one because of it.
This year’s set compared to the one from 2013 has an extra coin plus four U.S. postage stamps. The coins and medals include:
- a 2014-S Proof Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin struck at the San Francisco Mint
- a 2014-S Proof Roosevelt dime struck at the San Francisco Mint,
- a FDR Presidential bronze medal struck at the Philadelphia Mint, and
- a FDR Presidential silver medal struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
Created by John R. Sinnock, the medals share designs that first appeared on the Mint’s 1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medal. Obverses or heads side have FDR’s portrait with inscriptions FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and the artist’s initials of J.R.S.
Reverses feature a seated figure representing a sorrowing Nation, dropping a wreath upon the waters. To the side, a ship symbolizing the spirit of the late President, sails into the distant mist. Inscriptions around the design include FOR COUNTRY and HUMANITY, INAUGURATED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, the dates of his four terms (MAR. 4, 1933; JAN. 20, 1937; JAN. 20, 1941; and JAN. 20, 1945), the date of his death, APRIL 12, 1945, and IN MEMORIAM.
Silver medals are struck on the same one-ounce, 99.9% fine silver planchets that are used for American Silver Eagles. Their diameters measure 1.598 inches. Bronze medals are struck in a composition of 95% copper and 5% zinc to a bit smaller diameter of 1.3125 inches.
Both coins are exactly like those that are offered within 2014 Proof Sets, featuring the same designs as on dimes and nickels in change today but struck in the collector proof finish.
Four U.S. Postage Stamps
Roosevelt was an avid stamp collector, and oversaw more than 200 new stamps during his presidency (1933-1945). The U.S. postage stamps within the set are:
The 1-cent Roosevelt stamp "Hyde Park" depicts his beloved New York home.
The 2-cent Roosevelt stamp "Little White House" pays tribute to the president’s frequent and favorite retreat, located in Warm Springs, Georgia.
The 3-cent Roosevelt stamp "White House" features a picturesque image of the White House in the background.
The 5-cent Roosevelt stamp "Four Freedoms" shows a globe inscribed with his famous four freedoms: "Freedom of Speech and Religion, from Want and Fear."
When released at noon ET on the 22nd, Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Sets may be ordered from the U.S. Mint website, right here. There are no household ordering limits.