National Geographic : 1975 Feb
NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC THE WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION IN SOLID 24 KARAT GOLD The closing date for entering a subscription is February 28, 1975. The total number of sets minted will be limited to the exact number of subscriptions entered by that date, plus one set in each size for the permanent collection of the White House. Since these Presidential Medals will never again be minted in gold, the rarity of the collection is assured forever. To take advantage of the opportunity to sub scribe, be sure to mail the Advance Subscription Application promptly. Only those applications postmarked by February 28, 1975, can be accepted -and it may be necessary to cut off the acceptance of subscriptions even earlier. All applications not accepted will be returned. THE WHITE HOUSE is the home of our Presi dents, but it belongs to all the people. And more than a million Americans visit it each year. The non-profit, bipartisan White House His torical Association was established more than a decade ago through the initiative of President and Mrs. Kennedy. During each succeeding adminis tration, the Association has been steadily enhanc ing the White House as a shrine of American history-a place where all Americans can come to appreciate historic objects and works of art iden tified with our Presidents. To further this work, the Association is now pleased to announce the limited minting in solid gold of the official White House Historical Asso ciation commemorative medals honoring the Presidents of the United States. These famous Presidential Medals were previ ously available only in sterling silver and in gold electroplate on sterling. Now these medals will be struck in gold for the first and only time. The com plete set may well become one of the most impor tant and most valuable commemorative medal collections ever minted. A historically significant collection Our country's greatest living medallist, Gilroy Roberts, was commissioned to sculpt the portraits of the Presidents. And our country's largest pri vate mint, The Franklin Mint, was appointed to strike these distinguished Presidential commemo ratives, in solid gold. Mr. Roberts spent the better part of two years researching and sculpting these portraits. And each portrait was authenticated by Clement Conger, Curator of the White House. The portraits are thus historically accurate works of art-individual medallic masterpieces that will serve as a standard for generations to come. Depicting each of America's 37 Presidents - from George Washington to Gerald R. Ford they are an enduring tribute to our nation's highest office, and a magnificent expression of the continuity and the greatness of our country. As a further measure of the importance and historical significance of this collection, it is note worthy that these are thefirst gold commemorative medals to be authorized by the White House His torical Association and the first series of medals to be minted entirely in gold by The FranklinMint. The right to own gold Now, for the first time in more than four decades, American citizens have the right to acquire and own works of medallic art minted expressly for them in solid gold. To bring these solid gold Presidential Medals within the reach of most collectors, the White House Historical Association has authorized their limited minting in two sizes-20mm and 121/ 2 mm. The gold medals will be minted only in these two sizes, and will be issued to subscribers at the rate of one medal per month. Thus, the complete col lection may be acquired on a convenient and systematic monthly basis. Moreover, The Franklin Mint has agreed to guaranteethe originalissue pricefor the entire 37 month duration of the series, even if the price of gold rises so high that the gold content of each medal is worth more than the issue price. To support this price protection guarantee, The Franklin Mint will make advance commitments for a sufficient amount of gold bullion to cover the minting of the complete collection for each subscriber. Because of the extent of the bullion investment involved, there will have to be a limit on the number of subscriptions accepted. There fore, all Advance Subscription Applications are subject to acceptance. Subscription rolls close February 28, 1975 These Presidential Medals, officially authorized by the White House Historical Association, are available only by advance subscription and only as a complete collection. There is a strict limit of one collection per subscriber. Quantity orders will not be accepted. O 1975FM - - - ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION - - - THE WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Valid only if postmarked by February 28, 1975. The Franklin Mint Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19091 Please enter my subscription for one complete set of Presi dential Medals in solid 24 karat gold, sponsored by the White House Historical Association, to be issued at the rate of one per month, beginning in March 1975. (check one) Q 12/zmm size. I enclose $29., plus my state sales tax and $1. for shipping, handling and insurance, as payment for the first medal and I agree to pay the same amount for each subse quent medal upon being invoiced in advance on a monthly basis. Q 20mm size. I enclose $77., plus my state sales tax and $1. for shipping, handling and insurance, as payment for the first medal, and I agree to pay the same amount for each sub sequent medal upon being invoiced in advance on a monthly basis. Mr. Mrs. Miss Address City State Zip Signature All orders are subject to acceptance. 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