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2012 John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar | Uncirculated

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Obverse
Engraver:  Gilroy Roberts
Description:  Depicts a bust of President Kennedy.

Reverse
Engraver:  Frank Gasparro
Description:  Depicts the Presidential Coat of Arms.

Image:  U.S.Mint

Freedom 7 | “Let’s Light This Candle”

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Fifty years ago today the United States of America became a real contender in the space race and shot the first American into space.  Alan Shepard with his famous quote  “Let’s Light This Candle” flew the Freedom 7 space craft atop a Mercury-Redstone rocket into orbit at 9:34 a.m. EST.   Check out the tribute NASA has done to honor this historic day, it’s an interactive page with a great video.  Manned flight was the key to President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

Strange But True

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Anyone who has bought multiple coin collections has most certainly come across one of these strange but true pieces in one form or another.  The facts are indisputable and they are quite intriguing.   President Lincoln and President Kennedy just happen to both be on a coin, so needless to say this is a coin marketers dream come true.   Here are a the facts that are Strange But True:

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2011 Kennedy Uncirculated Half-Dollar

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The Kennedy Half-Dollar was created to honor President Kennedy.   It was authorized by Congress just a month after his death, the U.S. Mint used designs on hand by sculptors Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, which allowed striking of the coin to begin in January 1964.  This coin has been in production for 47 years, though it is currently only minted for collectors.  The coin nearly vanished from circulation after its release due to collectors, hoarders, and people still wanting to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Even though ample supplies of half dollars are now available, their circulation is extremely limited.  You can order bags or rolls of 2011 Kennedy Half-Dollars from the U.S. Mint.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

2011 Kennedy Proof Half-Dollar

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The Kennedy Half-Dollar was created to honor President Kennedy.   It was authorized by Congress just a month after his death, the U.S. Mint used designs on hand by sculptors Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, which allowed striking of the coin to begin in January 1964.  This coin has been in production for 47 years, though it is currently only minted for collectors.  The coin nearly vanished from circulation after its release due to collectors, hoarders, and people still wanting to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Even though ample supplies of half dollars are now available, their circulation is extremely limited.  Order your 2011 Proof Set today at the U.S. Mint.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 31, 2011 at 8:08 am

Apollo 11 | The Eagle Has Landed

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Forty years ago today President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the Moon” speech became a reality.  Apollo 11 made up of two Americans that landed on the Moon on July, 10, 1969 at 4:17 pm EDT in the lunar module “Eagle”, with another American orbiting the Moon, awaiting their return to the “Colombia” command module, and hundreds of thousands of other Americans behind the scenes.  Having always been a fascinated with NASA and the American Space Program, these images always intrigue me and bring out the wonder of what the human race is capable of.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

July 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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