But back to the call this morning. The caller, from Stratford, CT, didn't know much about the coin, but shared me his story of acquiring it (his brother, after working at the NY World's Fair and in the Bahamas, gave it to his mom in 1965, and the caller found it when sorting through his mother's apartment). During the call in the back of my mind, of course, is two things: isn't it really odd to receive a phone call from "the internet"? And, how did this person find my number? I didn't ask the obvious question, so I don't know for sure. He did end with giving me his e-mail address and phone number, so it's all mutual and such.
The interesting thing from his story, though, is that the number on the obverse of the medal is not 1961 -- his shows "2061". I'd always assumed that those numbers were a date; after all, JFK took office in 1961. But they're written as two two-digit numbers above each other -- perhaps they're a limited series, or something? A new lead to inquire about.