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Notes from the shop and a cool story about JFK/Dallas.

keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 23, 2017 12:10PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I try to post from time to time when something cool comes into our little shop or we have an interesting event take place. This past week both happened and they mostly involve JFK.

First the coins. On one of my days off last week there was a walk-in with some coins and one was a no-date off-center Mercury Dime, I'd say about 60% off-center and struck so the date wasn't visible. I had never seen one before and would have bought it had I been working. By the time I returned to work it was sold. Nice to see older coins struck like that.

Then over last weekend we bought a small collection from one guy and a group of Mint/Proof sets from someone else. As I was sorting things out and putting items in their proper place I came across a 1974 Kennedy in a flip all by its lonesome. A quick looked showed a 1974-D DDO, not really rare but a nice Variety. When I was doing the inventory on the Proof/Mint sets there were two after-market 1982 packaged sets, so I looked them over and one Half-Dollar was absent the "FG" designer initials. Again, not rare but a little tougher and a neat anomaly.

Now for the cool story. One of our customers had told me earlier this year that his Grandmother was in Dallas along the travel route that the JFK motorcade took on that fateful November day. Apparently she was working for the VA at the time. He came in this morning with the pictures he said he had(I think they were AP reprints). One of them shows her standing at the corner of ?Maine and Houston? with the book depository in the background: it seems to show a figure in one window. The other picture shows his Grandmother waving to Jackie O. as the motorcade passes with a handwritten notation that the shots were fired about a minute later. He said that she told him she heard three shots and then bedlam erupted.

Al H.


  • KollectorKingKollectorKing Posts: 4,820 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 23, 2017 10:30AM

    keets, cool coin & historical stories. Keep posting them.

    edit: font size problem w/cu software :/

  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,408 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neat story. I was in 6th Grade when that happened. I like to hear your stories about what comes over the counter.

    As you no doubt know, there is a huge bunch of undocumented stuff out there, waiting to be found.


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was an apprentice pipefitter on submarines in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Navy Yard at that time.... Darn near shut the yard down as the news spread....I had been down in the machine shop when it came across a machinists radio... I went back on the ship (USS Nathaniel Greene) and told the mechanic I was working with.... he did not believe me...later apologized. Cheers, RickO

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