WEST POINT, N.Y. – President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors’ coins.
The slain president’s profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors’ coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.
Gold coins being stamped at the mint’s West Point plant this week portray JFK’s famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.
Mint officials say the throwback design being featured on collectors’ coins this year is truer to both the president’s appearance and his widow’s wishes.