From the Robert L. White Kennedy Collection with letter of provenance from Evelyn Lincoln.Rocket Model Coin Bank Originally from John F. Kennedy's Desk in the Oval Office. Offered here is an 11.5" tall x 3", early-1960s vintage, gold-colored metal bank with a "Cocoa Beach" sticker on the nosecone. A 1989-dated, signed typed letter of provenance on White House stationery from Kennedy's secretary Evelyn Lincoln to Robert L. White is included; it reads, in full: "There was tremendous interest in the launching of the various men into outer space and a great deal of excitement around the White House waiting for the countdown, A member of the staff was fortunate to be at one of the launchings and while in Cocoa Beach, Florida purchased a replica of a rocket. This rocket, which you now have in your possession, is gold with the words 'Cocoa Beach' printed on its nose. It also is a bank with a slit on the side to pull down to allow the coin to slip down into the body of the rocket. The staff member gave this rocket to the President upon his return. It remained on President Kennedy's desk in the Oval Office for a while and then was discarded." Fine condition with only light wear; one of the four rubber feet is missing.
Kennedy, of course, was a major proponent of the U.S. space program and set the goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s decade. The legendary Robert L. White collection of Kennedy memorabilia was sold at a major New York auction house in 2005. The original lot tag from that sale is included with the lot.
Please note the photo below of John F. Kennedy in Evelyn Lincoln's office. This bank is on the top shelf of the bookcase just behind JFK. A print of this photo will be included with the lot.
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