Another presentation 1964 JFK half dollar, this one from a senator
@DrDarryl posted an excellent thread recently about a presentation 1964 JFK half dollar accompanied by its original letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson. That inspired me to pick up an item that I had been watching on ebay for the past few months.
It is a 1964 JFK half that was sent by Senator Birch Bayh to a constituent.
The presentation is not nearly as nice as @DrDarryl 's example, and therefore the provenance is not as ironclad as his, but the coin certainly looks like it has been taped to the cardboard for 56 years.
I am now trying to decide if I should have the coin cleaned of any contaminants (but not dipped for color) and then slabbed for preservation purposes. Any suggestions or opinions would be welcomed.
I noted that the date of the letter is the same as the LBJ ones - March 24, 1964. This makes me wonder if the mint made examples available to certain political figures on that date, or if Sen. Bayh regifted a half dollar he got from LBJ.