New details have emerged for the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set. The United States Mint on Tuesday sent media outlets a product description of the set which also revealed an increased limit to 50,000 units from the previously announced level of 25,000 units.
This year’s other sets, honoring Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, have limits of 17,000. Only the Truman set has been released to date. It launched on June 30 and sold out within 15 minutes. The Eisenhower set debuts on Aug. 11, with the JFK set on sale Sept. 15 and the Johnson set scheduled to appear sometime in October.
U.S. Mint pricing for the four products all match at $57.95. Early buyers were able to order 5 of the Harry S. Truman sets. Its quick sellout changed that for the rest. Two is the established household ordering limit going forward.
Instead of standard proofs, 2015 Coin & Chronicles Sets each have a reverse proof Presidential dollar. That’s a first for the $1 series, and the sets are the only way to get them. That’s making them popular. Today, a Harry S. Truman Coin & Chronicles Set can realize about $200 in the secondary market.
Sets also have a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver medal and a stamp that is specific to each president. The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia makes the silver medals and reverse proof dollars but only the dollars have a ‘P’ mint mark.
Images of the John F. Kennedy set have not been released yet. We know its silver medal is a replica of the small presidential bronze medal shown in the photo above. The obverse offers a portrait of JFK with the inscription of JOHN F. KENNEDY.
The medal’s reverse features the inscription of INAUGURATED PRESIDENT centered at the top and JANUARY 20, 1961 centered along the bottom. Between is the Presidential Seal with the burning torches of liberty on each side. Completing the design is an excerpt from JFK’s inaugural address, WE SHALL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR ANY BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP, SUPPORT ANY FRIEND, OPPOSE ANY FOE TO ASSURE THE SURVIVAL OF LIBERTY.
According to U.S. Mint product details, the Kennedy coin, silver medal and a 1964 U.S. 5-cent stamp are displayed in a rich brown folder covered in a soft-touch material with a textured look.