On deck for release later today is a new Coin & Chronicles Set honoring Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, the five-star general and 34th President of the United States. Featuring a reverse proof $1 coin, a silver medal and a 6-cent stamp, this 17,000-limited set for $57.95 is poised to sell out quickly.
United States Mint sales of the 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin & Chronicles Set begin today at noon Eastern Time. Held in the set’s blue presentation folder are:
- One reverse proof 2015-P Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin.
- One Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Silver Medal.
- One Dwight D. Eisenhower 1969 6c postage stamp.
- An information booklet chronicling Eisenhower’s life and presidency.
This year’s first Coin & Chronicles Set honoring Harry S. Truman sold out within 15 minutes of its launch. It’s now selling in the secondary market for around $180 to $220. The Ike set will also sell out, but it should last longer with an ordering limit that is three lower at two sets per household.
This set’s silver medal is from the United States Mint facility in Philadelphia, struck on the same blanks as those used for the agency’s flagship American Silver Eagle products. Its designs are from the Eisenhower bronze inauguration medal from 1953. The obverse or heads side offers a profile of the president. The reverse or tails side shows the figure of Freedom which stands on the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The scene to the right of the figure represents the eastern half of the United States, with a farmer and city buildings beyond the hills. On the left of the figure are the pioneering forefathers blazing the westward trail.
Below are photos of a Eisenhower Presidential bronze medal and a U.S. Mint image of the silver version that is included within the chronicles set.
For coin collectors, the set’s real gem is its exclusive $1 coin in reverse proof finish. The United States Mint has struck Presidential $1 Coins since 2007. The reverse proof is only the second from the dollar series, with the first one inside the previously mentioned 2015 Harry S. Truman Coin & Chronicles. Opposite of standard proofs, reverse proof coins have frosty fields and raised mirror-like devices.
The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia Mint makes the silver medals and the reverse proof dollars but only the dollars have the ‘P’ mint mark.
Forthcoming sets will honor former presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. They have on-sale dates of Sept. 16 and sometime in October. Each will also include a silver medal and a reverse proof $1 coin. Kennedy’s set has a higher limit of 25,000.
Order the 2015 Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin & Chronicles Set from the United States Mint’s online product page right here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).