John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. Events that occurred during his term in office were The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was assassinated in 1963. Many believe there is a large amount of conspiracy still surrounding this event.

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John F. Kennedy

Who assassinated John F. Kennedy?

There have been thousands of books, most have theories of thier own, as to how President Kennedy died and who fired the fatal bullet.

Theory 1) The fatal bulet was fired from the Grassy Knoll Theory 2) Leee Harvey Oswald did it. Theory 3) Jack Ruby did it, and the next day killed Oswald*

*Nothing was ever conclusive except the Warren Commission Report, and some of that was speculation. Oswald, when in The Marines, was an expert marksman. At the Texas schoolbook depository, on the 6th floor, Oswald had 2 vantage points; 1 was watching the President & Mrs. Kennedy approach the Plaza, and the other vantage point gave a tough view of President & Mrs. Kennedy. Oswald was not a fan of Kennedy, nor Connelly, or even the United States. He was in Russia after the Marines and, though he had not sworn allegience, he was happy there. Meanwhile Jack Ruby was in Chicago, supposedly. He heard of the assassination and to to make it correct. So he flew out of O'Hare and landed at DFW. Or did he? Now if you were alive in November 1963, you saw Lee harvey Oswald get shot by Jack Ruby who was able to just wander into the Texas Rangers' parking garage. I think Oswald had zero to do with the assassination, and Ruby pulled the trigger and killed the President, and later Oswald, to make it look as though Oswald had actually beenguilty the entire time.

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Was Catherine Caswell a lover of President Kennedy?


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John F. Kennedy
US Coins

What is a double headed half dollar worth?


This is NOT something that was done at the Mint. It's a privately made novelty item, known as a Magician's Coin, created by altering two normal coins and joining the pieces back together. Use a magnifier to check just inside the rim on one side of the coin -- you are looking for the seam where the two pieces were joined -- it could be on either side of the coin.

They cost about $7-8 new from novelty shops and sell for $2-3 on eBay. They have no value to coin collectors, however, because they are privately made by damaging genuine coins.

The only possible good news is that if you have an older magician's half dollar made before 1965, it would have enough silver in it that you could probably sell it to a scrap dealer for around $5 or $6.

The other thing you could do is hold onto it for magic tricks and making bets.... but be prepared to run fast if you use it for a bet.


Many years ago the Mint had all coin presses redesigned so that dies are "keyed". That is, obverse dies only fit into the obverse anvil and reverse dies fit into the reverse anvil. It's physically impossible for two same-side dies to be put into a press. While many errors including "mule" coins (half one denomination, half another) can still occur, double-headed coins are not and cannot number among those mistakes.

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Its amazing how many of these are turning up on this board. Follow the links to the previous questions. Yours is just like all the others.


You have a manually altered novelty item, known as a Magician's Coin, made by altering two normal coins and gluing the pieces back together, that sells regularly for a couple dollars.

Use a magnifier and examine just inside the raised rim on both sides of the coin, looking for a seam where the pieces are joined, that can be on either side of the coin.

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John F. Kennedy

Who was the first president to serve eight full years?

Thomas Jefferson was first to be in office a full eight years, from 4 March 1801 to 4 March 1809. George Washington , the first president, served two full terms, but his first term started late and began on April 30 , instead of the intended March 4, date due to delays in the government set up, in this very first presidential election. Therefore his first term was a little short of four years and he did not serve a full eight years.

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John F. Kennedy

What is the value of a 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar?

1964 is the most common year for silver half dollars. Even in uncirculated condition (unless it is an absolutely flawless gem), its value is based only on the silver it contains, about 0.36 times the current price of silver. Unfortunately, it is so common and so widely saved it is worth very little more as a collectible, so many have been melted or are being traded as bullion coins.

You can't get very much more for uncirculated ones unless they are certified MS-66 or higher.

* For 2011, the silver value of the coin was between $11 and $13 USD.

*Please see the link below

Metal composition1964 was the only year that JFK halves were made from 90% silver / 10% copper alloy. From 1965 to 1969 they were made of a "debased" silver clad 3-layer composition that worked out to 40% silver, 60% copper.

By 1971 the price of silver had gone up so much that the composition was again changed to the same copper-nickel clad metal used for dimes and quarters. That means any circulation-issue half dollar dated 1971 or later is only worth 50 cents, so there's no reason to hang onto one of those if you get it in change.

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What is the value of a 1776-1976 Kennedy Half Dollar?

If it has no mint mark or a "D" above the dates, it's made of copper-nickel rather than silver and has no added value unless it's in a very high uncirculated grade.

If it has an S mint mark, it's a 40% silver collector's coin. If in its original Mint packaging it could be worth about $3.00 as of 10/2009

Although the Bicentennial design was only used for one year on these Kennedy halves, the Mint actually produced them for two years -- 1975 & 1976 -- which is why there are no half dollars dated 1975. Over 520 million of these coins were made for circulation -- much higher than for any other year of this series. Therefore they are considered common.

"E Pluribus Unum", "LIBERTY"

All modern U.S. coins have those mottoes so that's not a distinguishing piece of information.

Proof or uncirculated 40% silver versions may be worth $5-6 retail. Proof in CN probably about the same. High-end uncirculated CN versions a couple dollars. Anything else, fifty cents. There are still hundreds of millions in circulation.
None of the bicentennial coins made for general circulation contain any silver or are worth more than face value. Only Proof and collectors coins sold from the US Mint are worth more.

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What is wrong with Robert Kennedy Jr's voice?

Bobby Kennedy Jr. suffers from a rare but harmless voicebox disorder called "spasmotic dysphonia." It affects only about .02% of the population.

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What parade was John F. Kennedy Assassinated in?

It was not a "parade" exactly but a motorcade route from Love Field in Dallas to the Dallas Trade Mart where there was to be a luncheon at 12:00 followed by his speech.

A simple question... if the motorcade was to arrive at the Trade Mart by 12:15 (arrive at Love at 11:30... 45min ride) and pass the TSBD 5-10 minutes before that...

Why is Oswald, the supposed loner, seen still in the lunchroom at 12:15?? He doesn't know the motorcade didn't leave Love field until 11:50 and would be 20 minutes late passing his supposed sniper's window??

And who were all those men actually SEEN on the 6th floor at 12:15... with rifles?

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Where is archaic diction in John F. Kennedy inaugural address?

Archaic diction: old-fashioned or outdated choice of words

"... beliefs for which our forebears fought..." -JFK

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How much is a 1963 Kennedy assassination newspaper worth?

If you have a Dallas Newspaper from November 22, 23, or 24 of 1963 you can see them go as high as $150 - $200 maybe even more considering Dallas Newspapers from the Kennedy Assassination are extremly sought after and collectable regardless of condition.

If you have a National Newspaper (Ex: Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times...) from November 22, 23, or 24 of 1963 you can see them go as high as $50 - $100.

If you have a Local Newspaper (Small Town) from November 22, 23, or 24 of 1963 you can see them go for anywhere between $10 - $50. Depending on things like headline, main photos, and condition and of course rareity.

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Assassinations and Assassination Attempts

Who else was in the car with JFK when he was shot?

His wife Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and wife Nellie, Roy Kellerman, Head of Secret Service at the White House, and William Greer, Secret Service Agent and Driver.

Parenting and Children
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John F. Kennedy

What was rose Kennedys mothers maiden name?

Rose Kennedy's mother was born Mary Josephine Hannon, but called Josie.

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John F. Kennedy

How many years did JFK attend Harvard?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy enrolled in Harvard University's Harvard College in 1936 and then graduated 'cum laude' in 1940 with a degree in International Affairs.

He went on to enroll and audit some classes at the Stanford Graduate School of Business but did not graduate.

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What war was fought during John F. Kennedy's Presidency?

The important war of the JFK time period was the Vietnam War. Only about 16,000 combat troops, theoretically advisers, were in Vietnam; this was the beginning of a huge commitment to the country.

The worldwide cold war was nearing its peak during the Kennedy era. The cold war gave us the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis during the Kennedy time. Another aspect of the cold war was the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 - 62.

The Algerian War had limited impact on the US, but was an important conflict in 1961 - 62.

The Portuguese Colonial Wars (independence movements in Portuguese colonies in Africa) began to spread during the Kennedy years.

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Did John F. Kennedy have glasses?

yes he did-however he did not want to be seen wearing them while in public.

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John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

What Terminal at JFK is Swiss air?

Terminal 4

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Who plays Lee Harvey Oswald in the film JFK?

Gary Oldman

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Lee Harvey Oswald

What was Lee Harvey Oswald charged with after killing John F. Kennedy?

Oswald was formally charged with assassinating President Kennedy.

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Who were John Kennedy's siblings?

John F. Kennedy had 8 siblings -- 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Sister Jean is the only one still living.

  1. Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (July 25, 1915- August 12, 1944) 29 years Killed in World War II
  2. Rosemary Kennedy (September 13, 1918 - January 7, 2005) 86 years Lobotomized in 1941, then institutionalized from 1949 until her death in 2005.
  3. Kathleen "Kick" Agnes Kennedy (February 20,- 1920 May 13, 1948 ) 28 years Married 1944 to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington
  4. Eunice Mary Kennedy (July 10, 1921- August 11, 2009) Married 1953) to Robert Sargent Shriver - founded the Special Olympics
  5. Patricia "Pat" Kennedy (May 6, 1924 -September 17, 2006) 82 years Marrried 1954 to Peter Lawford, movie star -- divorced 1966
  6. Robert "Bobby" Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968 )42 years Married 1950 to Ethel Skakel - US Senator -- assassinated while running for President.
  7. Jean Ann Kennedy (February 20, 1928 - ) Married 1956 to Stephen Edward Smith; 1993 Ambassador to Ireland.
  8. Edward "Ted" Moore Kennedy (February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009) Married 1958 to Joan Bennett but divorced in 1982; remarried in 1992 to Victoria Reggie- had long career as US Senator.
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John F. Kennedy

Which President uttered the famous words that challenged citizens to Ask not what your country can do for you Ask what you can do for your country?

These are words from the Inaugural Address of President John f. Kennedy, given on the steps of the Capitol's East Portico, in Washington, D.C. at 12:51 PM Eastern Time, Friday, 20 January 1961. Kennedy was the 35th president of USA.

It is an example of the rhetorical technique Chiasmus, where the words in a phrase or sentence are reversed in the next, i.e. 'country ... you' becomes 'you ... country.'

JFK was NOT the originator of this saying, however.

The earliest incarnation of "Ask not what your country can do for you..." came from the ancient Roman orator Cicero, in the first century B.C. That quote was not in English, of course, so translations vary.

Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, "Recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return" in an 1884 Memorial Day speech.

Warren Harding in 1916 at the Republican convention echoed a similar statement: "we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation." That line is on display in Harding's own handwriting at his Marion, Ohio home.

Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese poet and author who took up residence in Boston, MA published a work titled "The New Frontier" in 1925, 36 years before President Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Address. In it he wrote: "Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in a desert."

It is most likely that JFK, or his speechwriters, drew inspiration from a fellow Bostonian, or from the earlier works of Holmes, and paraphrased it in his famous 1961 Inaugural Address.

In the 1958-1959 season of Walt Disney's Zorro in episode "Invitation to Death", Captain Arrellanos gives a patriotic speech defending Spain in which he says "Is this the time for us to be asking, What have you (Spain) done for us? We should be asking what can we do for you?"

Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy - January 20th 1961

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You speech

"Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens:

We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom - symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning - signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago. The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge - and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do - for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom - and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required - not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge - to convert our good words into good deeds - in a new alliance for progress - to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support - to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective - to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak - and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course - both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war.

So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms - and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah - to "undo the heavy burdens -. and to let the oppressed go free."

And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation" - a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it - and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

John F. Kennedy said this line during his inaugural address as the 35th President of the United States, on January 20th, 1961 on the West steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC. It was the most oft quoted remark of his that day, and the most memorable. It was part of his greater message to ask all Americans to act to serve and help the country, rather than just have the country serve and help them from welfare to education and security. It was part of his use of conservative rhetoric to placate weary Republicans and conservative Democrats who regarded him with suspicion for his liberal positions, while at the same time demonstrating to liberals his commitment to ask idealists not only to dream big, but act big as well.

The words " Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" were said by President John F. Kennedy in his first inauguration speech on January 20, 1961, on a cold morning in Washington, D.C.


"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." His statement sums up his call to Americans to serve the country and not merely speak about protecting the benefits and services government and the country gave to them before 1961. You country is always helping you why not help your country for a change.
Never. That was John F. Kennedy on January 20th, 1961 in his Inaugural Speech. The exact quote was: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

Theodore Roosevelt made a very similar speech, one which I believe JFK edited and used for his own speech. I cannot find the original quote anywhere on the Internet, but somewhere out there, there is a video of Thoedore saying "ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for YOURSELVES" This speech was made in an effort to calm the uneasy hearts of American citizens during the time of the Great Depression.

I hate to leave with any inaccurate information, but this could have been FDR rather than Theo. I do not know the quote word for word, but I do know that he spoke to the American people, not to spur them to go to war, build monuments, contribute to economics, no he spoke to tell all that there was no effort needed on either end. Just do what you can for yourself. If everyone did, surely this would be a near-perfect world.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy the 35th President.
John F. Kennedy did say to Americans that they should ask what they can do for their country instead of the other way around. It was part of his inauguration speech in January of 1961. Kennedy's speechwriter at the time was Ted Sorensen.
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How many family members did John F Kennedy have?

He had three brothers and five sisters.

He and his wife Jacqueline had a daughter Caroline (born 1958) and a son John Jr. (1960-1999). They had another son Patrick, born in 1963, who died at the age of two days.

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What kind of rifle hung in John F. Kennedy oval office?

John F. Kennedy did not own or possess guns. He was once offered a free shot, so to speak at a hunting trip with Lyndon Johnson, but turned it down. Certainly President Kennedy did not own or possess- let alone put on public display- partitive firearms.

In this photo of JFK meeting with LBJ, you can clearly see a rifle hanging on the wall, facing the president's desk on the left. I don't know what kind of rifle, but there is one there, prominently hanging as a memento.

Coins and Paper Money
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What is the value of a Lincoln-Kennedy penny?

These "Lincoln Facing Kennedy" pennies were made by private companies -- mostly in the 1970's -- that took a normal penny and stamped a portrait of President Kennedy facing President Lincoln on the front of the coin. They were normally attached to some kind of card that listed the "Astonishing Coincidences" between the two presidents. The card was usually stamped with a company name & address, and they were often given out as an advertising gimmick by small businesses to attract customers. You can see a list of these "Astonishing Coincidences" here : http:/www.workingmancoins.comHistoryLinKenFacts.jpg Dan Moore The Working Man's Rare Coins Note that at least some of these "coincidences" involve more than a little stretching of historical facts.
The engraving of Kennedy was added by a third party after the coin left the Mint. These were quite common in the 60's and 70's. As such, they have little to no extra value, at least in the coin collecting world.
These novelty items sell for a dollar or two if they are attached the the card that lists the "Astonishing Coincidences" between the two presidents. Without the card, maybe a quarter. These coins are engraved or stamped with the Kennedy image after leaving the Mint. Although this modification technically does not deface the coin - it's still recognizable enough to be legal tender - the modification destroys most collectible value. Please see the many other similar questions for an explanation of how these novelty pieces are made. They have no numismatic value, I'm afraid. Most of the "amazing coincidences" are especially amazing because they stretch history more than a little bit.

It's not a Mint issue. A private company took a genuine cent and stamped Kennedy's profile on it as a novelty item. It has no numismatic value, so it was worth 1 cent yesterday, is worth that today, and will be worth that tomorrow.

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Was Oswald convicted of killing John F. Kennedy?

No, but he was arraigned for his murder of JFK, and Officer Tippet. After he was already dead, it was learned that he had also tried to shoot a general who lived in Dallas, but missed.

Given the vast amount of evidence, both physical, witnesses, and circumstantial, there is no real doubt of his guilt, especially since there has never been any physical evidence of anyone else being involved... and innocent men don't murder police officers during a getaway.

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How much is a John F. Kennedy jr 1960-1999 10 dollar coin worth?

$10 in Liberia and 0.14 cents in the USA.


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