John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born of Irish decent in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. After graduating from Harvard in 1940, Kennedy joined the Navy. In 1943, his boat, Navy vessel PT-109, was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Despite grave injuries, Kennedy led the survivors through perilous waters to safety. Upon his return from the war, Kennedy became a Democratic Congressman from the Boston area and advanced to the U.S. Senate in 1953.

In 1956, Kennedy almost gained the Democratic nomination for Vice President of the United States. A short four years later, Kennedy was a first-ballot nominee to be the President of the United States.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s presidency. One of the headline items is the JFK 50th Commemorative Coin, designed by C. Forbes, Inc. The coin is packaged in a custom box with images of the former president, along with a die-struck portrait bronze coin. The set is a wonderful keepsake for your historical collection.