The Kennedy half dollar was introduced by the United States Department of Treasury in 1961. The design for this half dollar was created by Frank Gasparro and Gilroy Roberts, who also designed the Presidential series medal. The reverse of the coin was created by John J. Snider and is the basis for the design of the Kennedy half dollar. The obverse of the coin depicts President Kennedy in a downward pose that is meant to mimic the official White House portrait. The inscriptions on the reverse of the coin are “$1” and the date of production.