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2014 W Kennedy 50th Anniversary Gold High Relief Half Dollar PF69 UC NGC First Day Washington DC - Ask Not Label

2014 W Kennedy 50th Anniversary Gold High Relief Half Dollar PF69 UC NGC First Day Washington DC - Ask Not Label obverse
2014-W-Kennedy-50th-Anniversary-Gold-High-Relief-Half-Dollar-PF69-UC-NGC-First-Day-Washington-DC---Ask-Not-Label reverse
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  • Title: 2014 W Kennedy 50th Anniversary Gold High Relief Half Dollar PF69 UC NGC First Day Washington DC - Ask Not Label
  • Purity: .9999
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: .75 troy oz

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This is a certified First Day Release coin obtained at the Washington, DC Mint. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

2014 marks the 50th year anniversary of the initial release of the iconic Kennedy Half Dollar coin. The original Kennedy fifty cent piece was approved just over a month after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Proposed by newly installed President Lyndon Johnson, the new design had to be approved by Congress in quick order to meet the targe mint date of early 1964. Congressional approval was required as an exception to a law that stated a design on any given coin could only be changed after 25 years in production (the Benjamin Franklin design featured on the fifty cent piece at that time had only been in place for 15 years). This exception was approved allowing the design to move forward.

The obverse of Kennedy Half Dollars was designed by Gilroy Roberts and depicts a forceful bust of John F. Kennedy's profile. The original 1964 design that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had helped select has been updated with minor detail changes over the years, but the 2014 releases feature the original design. Obverse inscriptions on the new gold coins include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the dual year of 1964-2014. A dual date has only been featured on the Kennedy coins one other time, during the Nation's Bicentennial celebration in 1976 when the coins were minted with a date of 1776-1976 on the obverse.That bicentennial release also saw the only significant change to the original reverse design featuring an image of Philadelphia's Independence Hall (rather than the usual representative image of the coat of arms from the Presidential Seal).

For all other years, including the 2014 commemorative releases, the reverse of the coin features the Presidential Coat of Arms - consisting of a heraldic eagle holding a bundle of 13 arrows and a symbolic olive branch, with a shield on its breast and surrounded by a ring of 50 stars. This classic design was created by Frank Gasparro. Inscriptions
on the reverse include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR. Additional inscriptions on the reverse of the gold version are a W mint mark and 3/4 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD.

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