John F. Kennedy "Good Luck" Gold Coin
Clare Boothe Luce gift to World War II Navy Officer
Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) was one of the glamorous women of the 1930's and 1940's.
She was in the news a lot during that period and right up to her death.
he shipped out to the Pacific war zone. The coin was meant to be a "good luck" coin and had belonged
to Clare's mother.
a wealthy playboy named Brokaw. She wrote the hit play "The Women" and several film scripts.
She then married Henry Luce, the founder of Time and Life Magazines. During World War II, she was a
war correspondent and a Republican Member of Congress. In the early 1950's she was the US Ambassador
to Italy, and later became a conservative Republican.
California in June of 1944. Clare then converted to the Roman Catholic religion and paid to have a church,
St. Ann's, built in Palo Alto.
Henry & Clare: An Intimate Portrait of the Luces by Ralph G. Martin (1991).
Rage for Fame (1997) and Price of Fame (2014) both by Sylvia Jukes Morris.
None of these books mentions the coin.
military identification "dog tags". In his letter he called the coin a "St. Claire medal" and stated
the he would wear it rather than the standard Roman Catholic St. Christopher medal.
and told her, "With it goes my sincere thanks for your good-luck piece, which did service above and
beyond its routine duties during a rather busy period".
Supposedly Eroni still had the coin in 1963.
along with it being given to Eroni.
internet websites, including the one for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
1. Lt. John F. Kennedy on PT-109 in 1943
In this picture Kennedy appears to be wearing something round on a chain around his neck.
If this is the coin it appears from the size to be a United States $20 gold coin mounted in a bezel ring.
United States $20 gold coins were made from 1849 to 1933 so the mother could have owned one of any date.
attractive than the previous Liberty design and attractiveness was important to both Clare and her mother.
2. United States gold $20 1927
The coin is probably still with Eroni Kumana's family.
And this just in (January 10, 2017):
Solomon Islands strikes JFK commemorative $1 Coin
By Solomon Times / Pasifik - January 10, 2017
3. Solomon Islands silver dollar 2017 - John F. Kennedy
Bullion Exchanges and the Royal Australian Mint have announced an exclusive 1 oz. Silver JFK
Commemorative $1 coin honouring the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(1917-1963) – the 35th President of the United States.
Lieutenant John F. Kennedy in 1943 during WWII in the Pacific, specifically the Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands $1 Coin a highly desired collectible coin on the marketplace.
This $1 coin is legal tender of the Solomon Islands.
has a limited mintage of 15,000 pieces, a denomination of $1 dollar and an impressive coin
diameter of 40.00 mm, allowing every detail of the coin to look stunning", said the spokesman.