DENVER - People tripped, fell and were trampled as hundreds rushed to get in line at the U.S. Mint in Denver at 6 a.m. Thursday.
They were all after gold coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar.
One side of the coin bears a portrait of JFK designed by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Gilroy Roberts. The Mint says the profile was based on a portrait prepared for Kennedy's presidential medal and was originally designed shortly after Kennedy's assassination.
The other side is based on United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Frank Gasparro's rendition of the Presidential Seal, surrounded by a ring of 50 stars.
According to the Mint, the coins are contain three-quarters of a troy ounce of .9999 fine, 24-karat gold and were struck at the United States Mint's facility in West Point.
The coins also went on sale at U.S. Mints in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.