National Geographic : 1970 Sep
An opportunity to become a patron of the arts and to start collecting Roberts Birds from the very beginning ... ROBERTS BIRDS will be produced only for Patrons of this series, under a unique Limited Edition Plan that assures rarity and value. Under Mr. Roberts' personal direction at The Franklin Mint, each Roberts Bird will be individually struck on heavy 2" solid sterling silver planchets, with a fine proof-quality finish. The total edition of each design will be limited to: One sterling silver specimen for Mr. Roberts' personal collection, One sterling silver specimen for The Franklin Mint archives, and One sterling silver specimen for each Patron whose order is placed before the strikings begin. Thus, the total edition of each Roberts Bird will be completely "spoken for" before the first piece is struck. There will be no addi tional pieces struck for inventory or for future sale, and after each Patron receives the sterling silver specimen struck expressly for him, the dies for that design will be destroyed. Future collectors who want to acquire earlier designs will have to obtain them from Patrons who are willing to sell all or part of their collections, at prices determined by the laws of supply and demand. A complete collection, from the beginning, is likely to be highly desirable. The first five Roberts Birds will be struck during the fourth quarter of 1970. Patrons for this group of Roberts Birds must place their orders by October 15, 1970. No orders received after that date can be accepted. The original issue price is $20 per bird, or $90 for the complete set of the first five birds. Mr. Roberts expects to produce at least five groups of five birds each. Patrons are under no obligation to subscribe to future issues, but will be the first to be notified of the new designs available at approximately ninety day intervals. ,,-,,,-,,,------I--~------------------ ---------- Valid only if received with remittance TheFranklin MiCenter, Pa. 1903 by October 15, 1970. Franklin Center, Pa. 19063 Please enroll me as a Patron of Roberts O No. 1-Great Horned Owls ........... $20 Birds and enter my order for the following O No. 2-Chickadees ................ $20 proof-quality specimens to be struck in solid : No. 3-Ringnecked Pheasants........ $20 f No. 4-Swallows .................... $20 sterling silver expressly for my personal col- Q No. 5-Ospreys ..................... $20 lection: Q The Complete set of the first five ....... $90 Total of Order $ *Sales Tax Remittance Enclosed $ Name PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY Address City, State, Zip *Please add the appropriate tax to your remittance if you reside in a city and/or state that has a sales tax.