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Kennedy Half Dollar (1964-Present) - Profile

Profile of the Kennedy Half Dollar


The Kennedy half dollar has been produced by the United States Mint since 1964 when it replaced the Franklin half dollar.

The History of the Kennedy Half Dollar

1973 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
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The Kennedy half dollar honors the United States' 35th president, John F. Kennedy. He was born in 1917 and served in the U.S. Navy. In 1961 he was elected President of the United States. On November 22, 1963 Kennedy was assassinated and the U.S. Congress moved very quickly to honor the popular president on the half dollar.

Collecting Tips and Keys to Collecting for the Kennedy Half Dollar

Collecting Kennedy half dollars is a fun series for all types of collectors. It is easy enough for the beginning collector and provides enough challenges for the intermediate and advanced collectors too. The diversity of different types of Kennedy half dollars provides multiple opportunities for all collectors.

Errors and Varieties for the Kennedy Half Dollar

The Kennedy half dollar series has some well-known minor errors and varieties. The best know is the 1964 Proof Heavily Accented Hair variety. Given the low demand for Kennedy half dollar errors and varieties, most are extremely affordable for collectors of all means.

Kennedy Half Dollar Values

Early Kennedy half dollars (1964 - 1970) were made with silver and are worth more than face value. There are also some low mintage issues that are also worth more than face value. This value guide will help you find the current value of your Kennedy half dollars. The values presented in this guide are what you can expect a coin dealer to pay you for your coins.

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