Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing forwarded
this press release for their new book on Kennedy coins and
medals. Thanks! -Editor
announces the release of The Kennedy World in Medallic Art:
John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and
Other Collectibles, by William R. Rice. The 304-page
hardcover book will be available September 25, 2014, from
booksellers and hobby shops nationwide and online (including at
www.Whitman.com), for $19.95. It can also be borrowed for free as
a benefit of membership in the American Numismatic Association,
through the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library
In this monumental new book, Kennedy historian Rice offers
fresh insight on the life and times of the president. His
exploration includes the history of the Kennedy family; JFK’s
boyhood; his military service and early political career; his
inauguration and presidency; Jacqueline and the children; life in
the White House; the November 1963 assassination; and the world’s
mourning and remembrance.
The story is told through touching and insightful essays
illustrated by more than 1,500 images including coins, medals,
tokens, stamps, and other memorabilia. Many are popular and
collectible, like the 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar (with its
mintage of 429 million coins) and the new 2014 gold Kennedy
halves. Others are rare and seldom seen, and some
“William Rice builds on the foundation that Edward Rochette
and Aubrey Mayhew started with their numismatic studies in the
1960s,” says Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “Today’s collector
benefits from full-color images and 50 years of ongoing research.
John F. Kennedy is one of the most popular presidents in American
history, and many of these coins, medals, and tokens can be found
at local coin shows, flea markets, antique malls, and
Special sections discuss subjects like satirical and critical
pieces; brothers Robert F. and Teddy Kennedy; the Peace Corps;
and paper money issued during the Kennedy administration.
Military challenge coins are given extra attention (with more
than 180 images) as are foreign and domestic “march” medals,
commemorative postage covers, world coins, and medal sets. Rice
discusses and illustrates Chinese Hell notes, carved hobo coins,
Wedgwood pottery, silver bullion bars, elongated coins, and many
of other categories of Kennedy collectibles.
In addition to colorful historical images and narrative, the
book’s scholarly appeal is expanded by multiple appendices, a
bibliography, and a full index. Collectors will benefit from the
catalog numbering system and commentary on today’s buy-sell-trade
market. A 52-page appendix catalogs more than 2,670 individual
items by date, size, composition, and description.
“Historians will remain deeply indebted to William Rice for
his gigantic addition to the field of John F. Kennedy medallic
art and related historical memorabilia,” says noted Kennedy
historian Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg.
The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His
Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles
By William R. Rice; foreword by Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg
Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches • 304 pages • Full color
Retail $19.95 U.S.
For more information, or to order, see:
The Kennedy World in Medallic Art
Wayne Homren, Editor
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