The 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar represented the second release of the year for the series and the twenty-sixth release overall. The former President’s role in redesigning American coinage has particularly endeared him with collectors, prompting higher production levels for the issue as well as two special numismatic products.
Before becoming President, Theodore Roosevelt held various offices at the city, state, and federal levels including Assistant Secretary of the Navy and the Governor of New York. He was nominated as Vice President for the second term of William McKinley. Roosevelt became President upon McKinley’s assassination in 1901 and was later reelected for a second term. During his presidency, he personally commissioned sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens to redesign the $10 and $20 gold coins, which marked the start of the Renaissance era of American coinage. Roosevelt is widely regarded as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents with notable accomplishments including trust busting, conservationism, and his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar features a portrait designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions surrounding the portrait include “Theodore Roosevelt”, “In God We Trust”, “26th President”, and “1901-1909”. On the reverse of the coin is an image of the Statue of Liberty designed by Don Everhart with inscriptions “United States of America”, and the denomination “$1”. The edge of the coin includes the date and mint mark.
Following a decision of the Treasury Department, the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Dollars were not released though the channels of circulation. Instead, the United States Mint offered circulating quality examples of the coin within bags, rolls, and boxes, which were sold at prices reflecting a premium to face value. Sales for these products officially opened on April 14, 2013.
Across the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities, total production of circulating quality examples of the coin reached 9,230,700 pieces, up by more than one million from the level of the prior release.
On September 3, 2013, the United States Mint offered the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Discovery Set. This was an educational product targeted towards children. Each set included one 2013-P Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar incorporated into an informational folder highlighting key milestones and accomplishments within the President’s life. The sets were priced at $9.95 and limited to an issuance of 20,000 units.
A second special numismatic product known as the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles Set was offered on December 17, 2013. This more upscale product included a proof 2013-S Theodore Roosevelt Dollar, the Bald Eagle National Wildlife Refuge System Bronze Medal, and a 99.9% silver version of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Medal. Educational materials were also included which highlighted the 26th President’s legacy as a soldier, statesman, and conservationist. The sets were priced at $57.95 each with no stated product limit. A sell out occurred the following year at last reported sales of 15,145 units.
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Dollar Coin Specifications:
- Diameter: 26.5 mm
- Weight: 8.1g
- Thickness: 2.0 mm
- Edge: Lettered
- Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
- Mintage: 5,310,700 (Philadelphia), 3,920,000 (Denver)
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