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Kennedy Half Dollar
Years of Production: 1964 to present
Compostion: Silver and copper (1964 only) / silver clad / clad (1970 forward)
Minted at: Kennedy half dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint.
Location of Mint Mark: 1964-67: Reverse side, bottom left of eagle. 1968 forward: obverse below Kennedy bust
Designer: The Kennedy half dollar obverse was designed by Gilroy Roberts, reverse by Frank Gasparro.
Comments: 1964 Kennedy half dollars were struck on 90% silver, 1965-1970 on 40% silver and then on clad planchettes. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much is my Kennedy Half Dollar worth? A Half Dollar -- with a face value of 50 cents -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. The silver content of some John F. Kennedy Half Dollars increases their value. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Kennedy Half Dollars.

Silver Half Dollars

1964 277 Million
1964-D 156 Million

Silver-Clad Half Dollars

1965 66 Million
1966 109 Million
1967 295 Million
1968-D 247 Million
1969-D 130 Million
Clad Half Dollars

1971 155 Million
1971-D 302 Million
1972 153 Million
1972-D 142 Million
1973 65 Million
1973-D 83 Million
1974 202 Million
1974-D 79 Million

Coins - Half Dollars - Kennedy Half Dollars

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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