Stamps in Presidential Coin & Chronicles sets from secondary market

U.S. Mint's packaging vendor purchases tens of thousands of stamps from private dealer
By , Coin World
Published : 10/15/15
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The stamps used in the 2015 Presidential Coin and Chronicles sets for Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson were obtained from a private dealer by the U.S. Mint's contracted packaging vendor for the numismatic product.

Although the U.S. Postal Service is reported to maintain its own cache of modern U.S. postage stamps to support its own philatelic products, the USPS did not provide any of the 17,000 Truman stamps needed for the Truman sets, the 17,000 for the Eisenhower sets, the 50,000 needed for the Kennedy sets and 25,000 for the Johnson sets. Several readers contacted Coin World wondering how the Mint could acquire all 109,000 stamps needed for the limited-edition sets.

Melody Green, spokesperson for the Mint's packaging vendor, Unicover Corp., in Cheyenne, Wyo., said the stamps for the Coin and Chronicles sets were acquired from an undisclosed private stamp dealer. Green said the stamps in each sheet of stamps had to be manually separated for placement in each set's packaging.

Lateefah Simms, public affairs specialist in the U.S. Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, said the packaging incorporating the stamps was shipped to the Philadelphia Mint for manual assemblage of each set's remaining components. Those components included the Reverse Proof 2015-P Presidential dollar and Presidential 1-ounce .999 fine silver medal for the president represented.

When each of the U.S. postage stamps the Mint chose for placement in the recent sets was officially released, millions were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Imprinting or contracted printer.

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Here are additional details details for each of the stamps:

Harry S. Truman

8-cent stamp, issued May 8, 1973, in Independence, Mo. Listed as Scott 1499 in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. The Truman stamp design by artist Bradbury Thompson is based on one of 18 photographs taken in 1953 by photographer Leo Stern. The stamp portrait was engraved by Joseph S. Creamer Jr. and the lettering by Robert G. Culin Sr.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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