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03 Oct 2020

Inspiration !

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Good morning folks !

As most of you know, I'm an early riser. My last blog was out of the ordinary for me. Today I'm back to normal. My inspiration today was reading Long Beard's most excellent blog post in reference to the coin that is near and dear to my heart; the John F. Kennedy half dollar. I have completed my collection a few weeks back, from 1964 to 2020, all Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. The only JFK halves that my collection is missing is the gold from W. Point and a few other variety coins. Before I started my collection, I already knew a great deal about JFK, but not the coin that he is famous for. Heroes should be INSPIRATIONAL ! Also at the same time, one has to remember to keep things in perspective. All humans have character flaws. I personally don't know ANYONE who is perfect in every sense of the word. A hero is a person who has less character flaws than most of the population. That's my own personal opinion. Having been a "junior" leader in our Armed Forces, it was my goal every day to be a leader that commanded respect, and to be more knowledgeable about my job than my subordinates and to set the example for them that made them proud to work for me.

Last week I was in one of our local coin stores to replace a 1978 Proof set that I had gifted to my niece. Then my eye spotted the "San Francisco Cable Car" Kennedy Half dollar. At that point in time, I wouldn't have cared if it had cost a hundred bucks! That coin was coming home with me to be inserted into my collection even though it was a variety. To put it lightly, I was determined. It's a beautiful coin minted in 2018 by the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. I haven't looked at it under a microscope yet, but I did take a peek at it under a magnifying glass. NGC graded this coin as PF 69 Ultra Cameo, First Day of Issue, Limited Edition Set. It's an asset for my collection and will be placed with the other graded specimens in the collection. I did also purchase the 1978 replacement proof set.

Before I started my Kennedy collection, I had already read a great deal about our 35th President. I knew he was a leader, a former "SQUID", and had great character. He did have his flaws also. As the great Abraham Lincoln once said "“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” I'm sure some of you historians will surely remember this quote. When I take stock of a person (male or female) I look for the following characteristics: moral courage, potential leadership abilities, personality and inner fortitude. For all you young numismatists out there, if you're going to collect Kennedys, I strong suggest the below publication!

I want to again thank Long Beard and MikeB for providing the "Inspiration" to write this blog. As always, enjoy the pictures and stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free !

Charlie aka slybluenote

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

Nice Kennedy collection. I have quite a ways to go on mine.

slybluenote

Level 5

Thank you U62358 ! My collection is complete, I just don't have "ALL" of the varieties yet.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

I love these coins so much! This example is so beautiful... congrats! Keep up the hard work! Cheers, NM

Mike

Level 7

The Kennedy's still get a royalty on every bottle of scotch that come into the country. Joe Kennedy was to that!!

Longstrider

Level 6

It's fun to read how your sets are coming together. One of my most moving memories, as a kid, was going to the movies and seeing PT 109. Amazing!!We could really use some folks that "Ask what they can do for our country". Thanks Charlie.

slybluenote

Level 5

I want to thank everyone for their kind words and for taking the time to read my ramblings about numismatics.

Stumpy

Level 5

Want to talk about Irony? Grand Ole man Kennedy was widely believed to have become wealthy with the bootlegging trade, which used boats that were small, fast and capable of carrying a lot of bootleg booze. Later these very boats were the models converted for use as PT boats used in WWII, the booze being replaced with torpedoes, two machine gun emplacements and crew. The most famous was PT109, Skippered by none other than his grandson John F. Kennedy himself.

slybluenote

Level 5

Yes, I've heard that story before also Stumpy! And plenty of others as well .... LOL

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

That is the first I heard of the book. I may have to pick one up. I have always liked Kennedy halves but wish they circulated more.

You're building an amazing Kennedy collection. All of the Kennedies were popular, great in politics too.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Go for it! Loved the informative blog... As always, Cheers, NM

Golfer

Level 5

Beautiful 2018 S Kennedy. You are tempting me to start a Kennedy set now !!

Kepi

Level 6

Great collection you have going! Thanks for sharing it with us ; )

"SUN"

Level 6

Your blogs are good reads. A person can make a nice collection of Kennedy items.

slybluenote

Level 5

I'm trying to do half as well as Long Beard , Sun ! IMHO his is one of the better written blogs by far!

coinsbygary

Level 5

Yep, a flawed human, but a visionary. Where are the JFK's today? They are sorely needed. :(

It's Mokie

Level 6

Go for the Gold my Friend, Go for the Gold!!!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I'd like to hear more about your Kennedy cable coin. What is that exactly? Sounds pretty interesting!

slybluenote

Level 5

Hey Bama! Check out this link: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/6902/NGC-Special-Label-for-2018-S-Limited-Edition-Silver-Proof-Set/

Mike

Level 7

That's great pick up. Good for you. It will fit right in to your collection. Keep going Charlie there are more coming That just be a wonderful set. Thanks for letting us watch you put it together. That's what this is about. Congratulations on great set!! I have seen that picture before !! The one with him enjoying the sun!

slybluenote

Level 5

Yes, it's in the book along with the other picture of his Navy ID . I knew you would pick up on that!

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