U.S. Mint Presidential Bronze Medals 1 5/16 inches
I was looking at the U.S. Mint’s website a few months ago and noticed they were selling these Presidential bronze medals (3 inches and smaller 1 5/16 inches) of all the U.S. Presidents including a 2nd Term medal for those that served more than one term. I suspect FDR has four medals since he was elected four times. Anyway, the 1 5/16 inch medals were each priced at $20 each. Considering there is probably shipping costs and other fees it’s probably closer to $25-$30.
I remember 20-25 years ago having the John F. Kennedy medal. It was in cellophane and I used to think it was made in 1961 until later learning they continue to produce these to present day. I also remember getting it for just $3 at a coin show. So seeing these for $20 on the Mint’s website made me think I could probably get the other presidents’ medals I wanted for less. I took a look on eBay and some presidents (like Kennedy) are indeed consistently cheap ($5-$10 each) but others are $20 and some even more ($39 and $50!) even though you can get them all at the Mint’s website for $20 each.
Anyway, it made me curious why the prices seem well under $20 consistently for certain presidents while other presidents are consistently costing $20 and up. I am looking to buy a few specific medals but want to get them for $10 or under each and was wondering if I am being unrealistic in thinking ANY of them can be had for $10 or if some really are more difficult to get than others. The U.S. Mint seems to treat them all the same but eBay seems to think some are easier to get than others. Hmm