USA Coinage: 1961 - 1963
under President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American statesman who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 20, 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and much of his presidency focused on managing relations with the Soviet Union. He was a member of the Democratic Party who represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate prior to becoming president.
Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy. A scion of the Kennedy family, he graduated from Harvard University in 1940 before joining the United States Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, Kennedy commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his service. After the war, Kennedy represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1947 until 1953. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate and served as the junior Senator from Massachusetts from 1953 until 1960. While serving in the Senate, he published Profiles in Courage, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. In the 1960 presidential election, Kennedy narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, who was the incumbent Vice President.
The United States presidential election of 1960 was the 44th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 08, 1960. The Republican Party nominated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, while the Democratic Party nominated John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. The incumbent President, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, was not eligible for re-election after being elected the maximum two times allowed by the Twenty-second Amendment; he was the first President denied the choice to run for a third term by that amendment. This was the first presidential election in which residents in Alaska and Hawaii were able to participate, as both had become states in 1959. Kennedy is generally considered to have won the national popular vote by 112,827 (34,220,984 - 34,108,157), a margin of 0.17% (although the unusual nature of the election in Alabama has caused some to question this figure) and though Nixon carried more individual states (26 to 22), Kennedy won a 303 to 219 Electoral College victory. Kennedy got 49.72% while Nixon got 49.55%. The 1960 presidential election was the closest election since 1916, which can be explained by a number of factors. Kennedy benefited from the economic recession of 1957–58, which hurt the standing of the incumbent Republican Party, and he had the advantage of 17 million more registered Democrats than Republicans. Furthermore, the new votes that Kennedy, the first Roman Catholic president, gained among Catholics almost neutralized the new votes Nixon gained among Protestants. Kennedy's campaigning skills decisively outmatched Nixon's. In the end, Nixon's emphasis on his experience carried little weight, and he wasted energy by campaigning in all 50 states instead of concentrating on the swing states. Kennedy used his large, well-funded campaign organization to win the nomination, secure endorsements, and, with the aid of the big-city bosses, get out the vote in the big cities. Kennedy relied on running mate Lyndon B. Johnson to hold the South, and used television effectively. There were 14 unpledged electors and one faithless elector in the election. All eight electors from Mississippi, as well as six of the 11 electors from Alabama, were unpledged and voted for the Byrd/Thurmond ticket, while one faithless elector from Oklahoma voted for the Byrd/Goldwater ticket.
President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, while on a political trip to Texas to smooth over frictions in the Democratic Party between liberals Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough (no relation) and conservative John Connally. Traveling in a presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas, he was shot once in the back, the bullet exiting via his throat, and once in the head. Kennedy was taken to Parkland Hospital for emergency medical treatment, where he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later; he was 46 years old and had been in office for 1,036 days.
 
 
Currency: Dollar = 100 cents
Monetary System: Penny = Cent, Trime = 3 Cents, Nickel = 5 Cents, Dime = 10 Cents, Quarter = 25 Cents, Half Dollar = 50, Cents, Dollar = 100 Cents, Quarter Eagle = $2.50 Gold, Stella = $4.00 Gold, Half Eagle = $5.00 Gold, Eagle = $10.00 Gold and Double Eagle = $20.00 Gold.
Mint Marks:
C – Charlotte, N.C., 1838-1861.
CC – Carson City, NV, 1870-1893.
D – Dahlonega, GA, 1838-1861.
D – Denver, CO, 1906-present.
O – New Orleans, LA, 1838-1909.
P – Philadelphia, PA, 1793-present (coins without mintmark also belongs to Philadelphia).
S – San Francisco, CA, 1854-present.
W – West Point, NY, 1984-present.

 

1961
 

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1961. Weight: 3.15 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Philadelphia, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 753,345,000 + 3,028,244 Proof. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1961D. Weight: 3.04 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge. "D" written below Date.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 1,753,266,700. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#195 Dime (10 cents). Year: 1961. Weight: 2.49 g [2.50 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 17.90 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Philadelphia, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" is written at the top left clockwise. The portrait of Franklin D. Roosevel (32nd President of the United States from 1933 to his death in 1945) facing left in the center. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" is at bottom left side. Date at the bottom right side. No mint mark belongs to Philadelphia, USA.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. An olive branch, a torch and an oak branch in the center, symbolize respectively peace, liberty and victory. Motto "E • PLU RIB US • U NUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written between the stems and base of the torch. Value "• ONE DIME •" written at the bottom section. Mintage: 96,800,000 + 3,028,244 Proof. Mintage Years: [see under 1946]. Engraver: John Ray Sinnock (both sides). This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Roosevelt Silver Dime". Mintmark "D" or "S" is at the lower left side of the torch (below B of PLURIBUS and above E of ONE).
 
1962
 

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1962. Weight: 3.11 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Philadelphia, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 606,045,000 + 3,218,019 Proof. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1962D. Weight: 3.16 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge. "D" written below Date.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 1,793,148,400. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#195 Dime (10 cents). Year: 1962. Weight: 2.50 g [2.50 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 17.90 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Philadelphia, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" is written at the top left clockwise. The portrait of Franklin D. Roosevel (32nd President of the United States from 1933 to his death in 1945) facing left in the center. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" is at bottom left side. Date at the bottom right side. No mint mark belongs to Philadelphia, USA.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. An olive branch, a torch and an oak branch in the center, symbolize respectively peace, liberty and victory. Motto "E • PLU RIB US • U NUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written between the stems and base of the torch. Value "• ONE DIME •" written at the bottom section. Mintage: 75,700,000 + 3,218,019 Proof. Mintage Years: [see under 1946]. Engraver: John Ray Sinnock (both sides). This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Roosevelt Silver Dime". Mintmark "D" or "S" is at the lower left side of the torch (below B of PLURIBUS and above E of ONE).

KM#195 Dime (10 cents). Year: 1962D. Weight: 2.47 g [2.50 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 17.90 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" is written at the top left clockwise. The portrait of Franklin D. Roosevel (32nd President of the United States from 1933 to his death in 1945) facing left in the center. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" is at bottom left side. Date at the bottom right side.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. An olive branch, a torch and an oak branch in the center, symbolize respectively peace, liberty and victory. Motto "E • PLU RIB US • U NUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written between the stems and base of the torch. Value "• ONE DIME •" written at the bottom section. Mintage: 334,948,380. Mintage Years: [see under 1946]. Engraver: John Ray Sinnock (both sides). This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Roosevelt Silver Dime". Mintmark "D" or "S" is at the lower left side of the torch (below B of PLURIBUS and above E of ONE).

KM#164 Quarter Dollar (25 cents). Year: 1962D. Weight: 6.17 g [6.25 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 24.30 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" written at the top. George Washington's head facing left in the center. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" written in two lines at bottom left side. Date at the bottom. Mintmark "D" is written above ER in QUARTER.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top. An eagle, looking left, wings spread, and standing on a shaft of arrows with two olive sprays beneath it in the center. "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above the Eagle's head in two lines. "QUARTER DOLLAR" written at the bottom. Mintage: 127,554,756. Mintage Years: [see under 1941]. Engraver: John Flanagan (both sides). This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Washington Silver Quarter". Mintmark "D" or "S" is written above ER in QUARTER.
 
1963
 

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1963. Weight: 3.15 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Philadelphia, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 754,110,000 + 3,075,645 Proof. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#201 1 cent. Year: 1963D. Weight: 3.14 g [3.11 g]. Metal: Bronze (95% Cu and 5% Zn or Tin). Diameter: 19.00 mm. Edge: Plain. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto at the top. Right facing profile of President Abraham Lincoln. "LIBERTY" written at the left side horizontally. Date at the chest of Abraham Lincoln. "V.D.B" written at 7 o'clock near the edge. "D" written below Date.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. "E·PLURIBUS·UNUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written above Lincoln Memorial building. Lincoln Memorial building in the center. "ONE CENT" written at the bottom. Mintage: 1,774,020,400. Mintage Years: [see under 1959]. Engraver: Victor David Brenner (Lincoln portrait side) and Frank Gasparro (Value side).

KM#195 Dime (10 cents). Year: 1963D. Weight: 2.55 g [2.50 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 17.90 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" is written at the top left clockwise. The portrait of Franklin D. Roosevel (32nd President of the United States from 1933 to his death in 1945) facing left in the center. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" is at bottom left side. Date at the bottom right side.
Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. An olive branch, a torch and an oak branch in the center, symbolize respectively peace, liberty and victory. Motto "E • PLU RIB US • U NUM" (Latin for "Out of many, one") written between the stems and base of the torch. Value "• ONE DIME •" written at the bottom section. Mintage: 421,476,530. Mintage Years: [see under 1946]. Engraver: John Ray Sinnock (both sides). This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Roosevelt Silver Dime". Mintmark "D" or "S" is at the lower left side of the torch (below B of PLURIBUS and above E of ONE).

KM#199 Half Dollar (50 cents). Year: 1963D. Weight: 12.41 g [12.50 g]. Metal: 0.900 Silver. Diameter: 30.60 mm. Edge: Reeded. Alignment: Coin. Mint: Denver, USA. Obverse: "LIBERTY" written at the top. Benjamin Franklin facing right in the center. Date at the lower right side. Motto: "IN GOD WE TRUST" written at the bottom section.

Reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" written at the top section. Liberty bell in the center. "· E · PLURIBUS UNUM" written on the left side horizontally in three lines. Eagle with spread wings at vthe right side. Value "HALF DOLLAR" written at the bottom. Mintage: 67,069,292. Mintage Years: [see under 1952]. Engraver: John Ray Sinnock (both sides).

Note: This coin is commonly known by coin collectors as "Franklin Half Dollar". The mint mark "D" or "S" appears above the top of the bell (below E in STATES). The "Bugs Bunny" variety is the result of a die clash, which results in what appears to be two protruding teeth from Franklin's mouth. While most common in 1955, this die clash is known in other dates as well. The type I reverse is distinguished by the eagle having four full feathers on the wing closest the
bell, whereas the type II reverse eagle has three full feathers. John Ray Sinnock (July 08, 1888 – May 14, 1947) was the eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1925 to 1947.

 
 
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