|Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Now)|
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Evolving from the Franklin half dollar, the Kennedy half dollar is a coin of the United States first minted in 1964. This coin was first struck in 1964 less than a year after the death of President John F. Kennedy. The front features the face of President John F. Kennedy on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. The obverse was designed by Gilroy Roberts and the reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro. The United States half dollar bearing Kennedy's likeness will be the longest surviving memory, since coins, being nearly indestructible, have a long track record as the most durable witnesses to history. Coin collectors and even ordinary citizens hoarded the coins of 1964, due to the new design and because of sentiment for the late President Kennedy.
The Kennedy half dollar was struck
in 90% silver in 1964. From 1965-1970 Kennedy half dollars were
changed to silver-clad, with the silver content lowered to 40%.
In 1971, the circulation coinage composition was changed a final
time, eliminating the silver, and using the copper-nickel clad
standard common to the dollar, quarter, and dime. Bicentennial
half dollars dated 1776-1976 were produced in the years 1975
and 1976 in the copper-nickel clad composition for circulation
and proof and also in the 40% silver composition in uncirculated
and proof versions for inclusion in special collector sets. Independence
Hall is featured on the reverse.When the United States Mint started
producing silver proof sets in 1992, the Kennedy half dollar
included in them had the same composition as the coins of 1964.
By 2002, the coins were no longer minted for commercial use,
but only in special mint rolls, mint sets, and proof sets for
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