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& (L-147)

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Type Coin
Title & (L-147)
Date 1983
Country United States
/Catalog #
Denomination 50c
Description The ampersand symbol is thought to be a Loyalist mark celebrating the union of England (&) Northern Ireland. It's applied to deface the portrait of US President John F. Kennedy and is, apparently, a sign of support for that union. Kennedy was of Irish ancestry and the first Catholic President of the US. As a result, he was enormously popular in the Nationalist communities of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Thus the defacement by those harboring Loyalist sympathies. Purchased from James Virgil / Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. (My. 3, 2021) ($1).

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