On deck for release later today is a new Coin & Chronicles Set honoring John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. Featuring a reverse proof $1 coin, a one-ounce silver medal and a 5-cent stamp, this limited-edition set for $57.95 will sell quickly.
This year’s first two sets sold out within 15 minutes of their launch. The JFK set should last longer since nearly three times more are available. Its product limit was raised to 50,000 from an already higher 25,000 and its household ordering limit was trimmed to 2 from 5. Those changes happened after this year’s first set sold out faster than the Mint expected.
Sales of the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set begin today at noon Eastern Time. Held in its brown presentation folder are:
- One reverse proof 2015-P John F. Kennedy Presidential $1 Coin.
- One John F. Kennedy Presidential Silver Medal.
- One John F. Kennedy 1964 5c postage stamp.
- An information booklet chronicling JFK’s life, military career and presidency.
Sets Commanding Premiums
Commemorating Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, this year’s first two Coin & Chronicles Sets are selling in the secondary market at prices ranging from about $160 to $220. Demand for them is driven mostly by their exclusive reverse proof dollar.
The U.S. Mint has struck Presidential $1 Coins since 2007. This latest set’s reverse proof is only the third from the dollar series, however. Opposite of standard proofs, reverse proofs have frosty fields and raised mirror-like devices.
Then there’s the medal. It’s struck on the same silver blanks as those used for the Mint’s flagship American Silver Eagle products. Its designs match those of the JFK bronze inauguration medal from 1961. Obverses or heads side offer a profile of the president.
Reverses show the Presidential Seal with the burning torches of liberty on each side and the following 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. JOHN F. KENNEDY."
The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia makes the silver medals and the reverse proof dollars, but only the dollars have a ‘P’ mint mark.
Order the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set from the United States Mint’s online product page right here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
This year’s final set commemorates Lyndon B. Johnson. It has an on-sale date of Oct. 27, 2015 and is listed for the same $57.95 price. It will include a LBJ silver medal, reverse proof $1 coin, and U.S. postage stamp.