The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee is considering designs
today for a proposed .9999 fine gold version of the Kennedy half
dollar to mark the coin’s 50th anniversary.
CCAC members were evaluating two obverse options — one showing
Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts’ portrait of the late president employed
on the half dollar, but with the dual anniversary dates 1964-2014
below. The second shows the same Kennedy portrait, but with the
singular calendar date 2014.
Whatever obverse versions the Treasury secretary or his designee
might approve would be paired with Assistant Mint Engraver Frank
Gasparro’s eagle reverse introduced on the half dollar in 1964.
U.S. Mint officials have already announced the bureau will produce
and release one or more multicoin Kennedy half dollar sets in
different finishes in base and precious metals other than gold.
The CCAC is also reviewing 44 proposed designs, combined, for the
five 2015 America the Beautiful quarter dollars, representing
Homestead National Monument of America is Nebraska; Kisatchie National
Forest in Louisiana; Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina; Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware; and Saratoga National Historical
Park in New York.