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Profiles in Coinage: JFK returns to more lifelike look in collectors' coins made at West Point

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    A newly-stamped gold coin of President John F. Kennedy is examined at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    A newly-stamped gold coin of President John F. Kennedy is examined at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Blank coins are lined up before being stamped at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. President John F. Kennedy is getting a new look on a new gold coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Press operator Migdalia Velazquez inspects a newly-stamped gold coin of President John F. Kennedy at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new gold coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    Newly-stamped gold coins of President John F. Kennedy are seen at the U.S. Mint at West Point on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors' coins that restore the original 1964 design, which incorporated suggestions from a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy.

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this week portray JFK's famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.

Mint officials say the throwback design being featured on collectors' coins this year is truer to both the president's appearance and his widow's wishes.