The Presidential Dollar Coin Act (Public Law 109-145) was passed into law on December 22, 2005. The Act compelled the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in commemoration of each of the Nation’s past Presidents and their spouses, respectively, to improve circulation of the $1 coin, [and] to create a new bullion coin”. The architects of the law, citing the success of the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program (31 U.S.C. 5112(l)), believed that the introduction of regularly changing designs would radically increase demand for a $1 coin, which despite early signs of consumer interest, had failed to achieve widespread use after its debut in 2000.
The first four Presidential dollar designs debuted in 2007, and like the Sacagawea dollar that preceded them, the coins found little public support in commerce. In 2011, the United States Mint curtailed the production of the Presidential (and Native American) dollar coins and began to strike them solely for the purpose of selling them to collectors.
The John F. Kennedy $1 Coin is the third of four Presidential dollar coin designs issued in 2015.
Obverse: Inspired by Aaron Shikler’s Official Presidential Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Don Everhart’s obverse for the Kennedy $1 coin offers up an unusual and somber image of the slain President. On the coin, Kennedy looks downward and to the left. The muscles on his face appear strained, as if he is deep in thought. Kennedy’s hair is neatly groomed, his part is accentuated. His coat is form fitting and taut. The designer’s initials “DE” are located on Kennedy’s left shoulder. The coin’s inscriptions wrap around the rim of the coin and read: JOHN F. KENNEDY, IN GOD WE TRUST, 35th PRESIDENT, and 1961-1963.
Reverse: Don Everhart’s reverse design features an ant’s-eye view of the Statue of Liberty offset to the left. On the coin, Liberty occupies bottom right quadrant of the coin, her extended elbow being the coin’s center point. The design is framed by a thin inner circle, which separates the graphic design from the coin’s legend, which reads: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Beneath Liberty’s extended torch-bearing arm is the denomination $1. This is the common reverse design for all Presidential Series $1 coins.
Designer(s): Don Everhart joined the United States Mint sculpting and engraving department in 2004, after a long and successful career as a sculptor and designer of medals. View Designers Profile
|Year Of Issue:||2015|
|Mint Mark:||P, D, S (Proof Only)|
|Alloy:||.770 copper, .120 zinc, 0.070 manganese, 0.040 nickel|
|OBV Designer||Don Everhart|
|REV Designer||Don Everhart|
|Quality:||Uncirculated & Proof|