This is the fourth part of a feature story about finishes used on U.S. coins, which first appeared in the June 6, 2016, Monthly issue of Coin World:
Perhaps no issue of Reverse Proof U.S. coins generated more interest than the four limited-edition Presidential Coin and Chronicles sets in 2015 that included Reverse Proof 2015-P Presidential dollars depicting, respectively, Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
The sets, offered at $57.95 each, also included a silver version of the U.S. Mint presidential medal (originally issued in bronze by the bureau during the chief executive’s service) and a U.S. postage stamp issued after their passing.
All of the sets sold out, with the following maximum mintages: Truman and Eisenhower, 17,000 each; Kennedy, 50,000; and Johnson, 25,000.
Successful recently completed eBay auctions have had a wide range of closing prices. For example, one Kennedy set graded NGC Early Releases Proof 69 for the Reverse Proof coin and MS-69 for the silver medal sold for $129, while another set with the same grades assigned realized only $61, just a few dollars above the issue price.
A single NGC Proof 70 Early Releases Reverse Proof 2015-P Kennedy Presidential dollar realized $450.
Among the other Reverse Proof issues the U.S. Mint has issued are:
➤ 2006-W American Buffalo gold $50 coin.
➤ 2011-P American Eagle silver dollar, included exclusively in the five-coin American Eagle 25th Anniversary Silver set, 100,000 product limit, $299.95 per set, sellout.
Two recent eBay sales, one realizing $588.95 and the other $700, were recorded for intact sets in Mint packaging.