This short article presents a photo overview of the Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set with its reverse proof Presidential $1 Coin, bronze medal, and anniversary proof American Silver Eagle.
Released on Oct. 11 for $68.95, the set is the last in the series. Like others, its most appealing collectible is the exclusive reverse proof dollar. The medal is an alluring piece. It would have been fantastic in silver. Silver Eagles are always popular, and proofs are stunning, but the anniversary edition in this set has less impact because it’s also available separately for $53.95.
Sales of the sets through their first 13 days reached 28,083, or 18.7% of the allotted 150,000. Last year’s sets, honoring Truman, Eisenhower, JFK and LBJ, had smaller limits that ranged from 17,000 to 50,000. Most of them sold out within a few minutes or hours of their release. They also have an exclusive reverse proof $1 coin, and they have medals — but they’re in 99.9% pure silver instead of bronze. In two more differences, last year’s sets didn’t have an American Silver Eagle but they did include commemorative presidential stamps.
Below are some photos showing the collectibles within Reagan’s set. Enlarge a photo by clicking on it.
Here are larger photos of the coins and medal. You can also see more proof Silver Eagle photos here.
Finally, here are photos of the set’s informational booklet and packaging to include images of its specifications and certificate of authenticity.
The reverse Proof $1 coin & bronze medal are proving tough to get a top 70 grade so far. MCM in Sarasota, Florida sent quite a few sets to NGC grading service also in Satasota & didn’t get a single 70 on either the RR $1 coin or bronze medal. MCM is the largest seller of modern US Mint coins. A large dealer in California who submits coins & medals to PCGS in California also didn’t get any 70 grades on the reverse Proof $1 coin or medal. The medals have reddish brown splotches & some small but deep scratches… Read more »
Pretty sad what you have just posted.
So, I believe it was in Wednesday show, Mike from HSN was selling “FDOI” 980 sets of PR70. Was he telling the truth about the condition? Of course he uses ANACS grading company, I believe
I disliked the man so maybe I’m biased, but doesn’t that smile on the coin look like he’s snarling or ready to bite? It’s a very odd presentation.
I think the best or most unusual item in the Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set, is the Edged Lettering on the Proof Silver Eagle. Only the second Silver Dollar to have it.
1992-D Olympiad was First. The Reverse Proof presidential’s are OK, but have little value in their composition.
Hi Seth, I’m new to collecting coins. I get very confused by the different shows that sell coins. I would like to know the same thing about these FDOI PR70 on HSN graded by ANACS. I’ve also seen PR70 graded by ICG on another show. Do these grading services follow the same high standards as PCGS and NGC? Do coins graded by ANACS & ICG hold the same value as the same coins graded by PCGS or NGC? I only bought 1 Reagan set. Is it better to get the coins graded in this set or Leave it as it… Read more »
Sue & Kerrie – The top respected grading service is PCGS (they started the whole slabbed coins business in 1986) & most of their graded coins bring a premium in the marketplace. NGC is a close second place. But ANACS & ICG graded coins do not bring premiums at public auctions, except maybe a rare error coin (the best way to determine value is what a coin brings at public auction). Also, Mike Mezack of HSN & CSN has an exclusive agreement with ANACS for special labels that mean nothing to serious numismatists (like “first day of issue” etc.) Ever… Read more »
Well written, Seth!!!
Mike Unser –
Thanks for sharing your always great photos with us!
How true and I also learned that from hard experience ..
Oh how I wish for a 70. It seems like the US Mint has problems with the Reverse Proof Coins from time to time. One year in the Native American Coin & Currency Set they will have some that WILL come out to 70s but then the next year they have a hard time getting 70s. What gives? Is it the mint (D, P, S..) they are using, that year, that is just not up to par on reverse proofs?
I agree that the quality on special finishes like the Enhanced Unc. Native American $1 coins & Presidential $1 Reverse coins should be better by now. They have produced 3 special finish NA $1 coins since 2014 & 5 RP Presidential $1 coins since last year & they should have the process down right by now as far as quality goes. They just don’t have as many employees hand-checking the special finish coins. They rely on electronic eyes that only detect major problems, not minor scratches etc. & that is the problem.
As of November 6 sales for the 2016 REAGAN COIN & CHRONICLES SET are 34,372