Mint set honors world leaders who changed the course of history, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
JFK ushered in an era of great hope and promise for the world. He promoted sweeping civil rights legislation, laid the foundation for our space program, and skillfully negotiated as other superpowers confronted our nation during the Cold War. Today, his presidency is often referred to as "Camelot." Have you ever wondered why “Camelot” became synonymous with the Kennedy administration? As it turns out, there were many connections...
The Broadway show “Camelot” opened December 3, 1960, featuring the music of Lerner and Lowe. Alan Jay Lerner had been a Harvard classmate of John F. Kennedy. The theme song for “Camelot” was a favorite of JFK’s and was performed by Frank Sinatra at President Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Ball.
The youthfulness, gaiety, and elegance of the Kennedy White House transformed Washington politics. During his tenure, novelists, painters, and musicians mingled with diplomats and statesmen. The magic was contagious. Renowned violinist Isaac Stern described his arrival for a performance at the White House. “I felt as though I were inside a golden coach drawn by four pure-bred horses into the glitter of mythic Camelot.”
Historians debate the existence of Camelot. Fact or fiction, Camelot and the tale of King Arthur is intriguing. He established a brilliant court and seated the greatest warriors in his quest for the Holy Grail. Ultimately, he was betrayed. Mortally wounded, King Arthur was carried away by three fairy queens to Avalon, the home of immortal heroes.
Like King Arthur, Kennedy summoned the finest military minds available to consult with on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the looming Cold War. Yet unlike King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail, Kennedy’s quest to land a man on the moon was realized in 1969.