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The Most Valuable Kennedy Half Dollars

Kennedy half dollars hit circulation in 1964. It was just months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

The coins were saved by the millions upon their release by a mourning public. The Kennedy half dollar remains one of the most widely recognized and collected coins around.

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The 1964 Kennedy half dollar is the only regular-issue coin in the series made of 90% silver.

Rarest & Most Valuable Kennedy Half Dollars Business-Strike & Proof Issues (Chart)

People still save Kennedy half dollars today, often believing that they’re rare and special coins. However, only a handful of issues and varieties really hold any significant premium above face value or silver spot price. The Kennedy half dollar is one of the few major United States coin series without a key date of significant rarity.

However, if numismatists were to identify one, it would be the 1970-D. This was the last of the 40% silver Kennedy half dollars. They were struck during the production era of circulating silver coinage and included only in uncirculated sets. It is also the only regular-issue coin of note in the series, with the others highlighted in this article all serving as varieties.

Most Valuable Kennedy Half Dollars: Key Dates & Varieties

The values listed below are for typical examples with no signs of cleaning, holes, heavy nicks and scratches, or other damage.


1964 Enhanced Hair


1964 Regular Proof


1966 SMS no FG


1966 SMS Doubled Die




1972-D No FG


1974-D Doubled Die


1979-S Type II Proof


1981-S Type II Proof


1982-P No FG


2014-W Gold


2014 Non-Gold Varieties in 50th Anniversary Set


Kennedy Half Dollar Values

Prices for the rest of the series are listed below.


1964 (P & D)


1965–1967 40% Silver Special Strike (SMS)


1965–1969, 1976 40% Silver Business Strikes (All Mints)


1968–1970, 1976 40% Silver Proof


1971–Present Clad Business Strikes (P & D)


1971–Present Clad Proofs (S)


1992–Present 90% Silver Proofs


More About Kennedy Half Dollars

The obverse of the Kennedy half dollar was designed by Gilroy Roberts. The reverse is the work of Frank Gasparro, the man who is also behind the Lincoln Memorial cent, Eisenhower dollar, and Susan B. Anthony dollar.

Kennedy half dollars have been struck since 1964 but experienced only a brief time circulating in large numbers. Strong public sentiment for the Kennedy half dollar ensured that virtually all Kennedy half dollars were snapped up after arriving at banks around the United States. In the years that followed, continued hoarding of Kennedy half dollars further kept this coin off the streets.

The half dollar was once prevalent in circulation and normal, day-to-day transactions. By the early 1980s, the 50¢ coin became a rare sighting in daily commerce.

Lessening use of the half dollar also led to a major decrease in mintages. Kennedy halves regularly fell below 100 million at any single mint during any given year after 1976. Mintages were under 60 million by 1980 and fewer than 30 million by 1983. The United States Mint stopped making Kennedy half dollars for circulation beginning in 2002. It still produces business strikes for collectors, though.

Kennedy Half Dollar Rare Varieties & Errors

All coin series include coins that exhibit off-center errors, clips, or other strike anomalies. But the Kennedy series also boasts a bevy of interesting and highly collectible varieties.

These were introduced in the price guides above and will be examined in closer detail here.

1964 Proof Heavily Accented Hair

Numismatists believe this version of the 1964 proof Kennedy half dollar is the first to have been struck. President Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, felt the hair detail was too strong on this variety. She requested a softening of the hairlines, which is how most 1964 Kennedy half dollars were produced.

On the Heavily Accented Hair variety, the hair stands over Kennedy’s right ear are particularly pronounced. Moreover, the lower left serif of the letter “I” in “LIBERTY” is virtually missing.

There is no known mintage for the 1964 Heavily Accented Hair half dollar. However, it’s estimated that less than 5% of the entire proof mintage is of this early variety. Of a total mintage of 3,950,762 pieces, 5% is approximately 197,500 pieces.

1966 SMS No FG

The United States Mint ceased making proof sets and uncirculated sets in the mid-1960s. In their place, it offered collectors a distinctive type of coin product. Struck on polished dies and planchets, these coins possessed a finish superior to standard uncirculated coins.

These Special Mint Sets were struck from 1965 through 1967, yielding a few interesting varieties. This included the 1966 SMS Kennedy half dollar missing the "FG" initials of designer Frank Gasparro. The initials are supposed to appear under the eagle's left thigh on the lower-right quadrant of the reverse design. Several other dates in the Kennedy series also exhibit this variety. It shows absolutely no trace of the "FG" initials—inadvertently removed during die polishing.

1966 SMS Doubled Die Obverse

Another 1966 SMS half dollar variety is this piece, which shows doubling in the words “IN GOD WE TRUST” and across much of Kennedy’s profile.


The last of the original-period 40% silver Kennedy half dollars. This piece was issued only in uncirculated sets. It is among the scarcest of the regular-issue, circulation-era strikes. Only 2,150,000 were produced.

(We've mentioned 40% silver coins a few times so far. You can read more about how these coins can be tricky, or shop for 40% silver at Gainesville Coins.)

1972-D No FG

Perhaps the rarest of the no-FG Kennedy half dollars. This 1972-D issue is highly sought after among variety collectors.

Be wary when buying no-FG half dollars. They should also show some strike weakness in other areas of the reverse, particularly in the feather details around the eagle's left leg.

1974-D Doubled Die Obverse

The most significant doubled die of the Kennedy half dollar series is the 1974-D obverse doubled die. It exhibits doubling most heavily in the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. A precise mintage figure for this piece is unknown but perhaps a few thousand examples exist.

1979-S Type II Proof

Significant changes were made to the “S” mintmark on proof 1979 Kennedy half dollars. This resulted in two varieties for the year—a blobby looking “S” mintmark (Type I mintmark) and a more refined “S” with sharper details (Type II).

The Type II is far less common than the Type I, representing perhaps 15 to 20% of the entire proof mintage for the year. That's roughly a total of 550,000 of the 3,677,175 proof halves made in 1979.

1981-S Type II Proof

A couple years after the 1979-S mintmark was changed, along came more modifications to the “S” mintmark in 1981. This time, the Type II “S” mintmark used in 1979 was being replaced and served as the Type I “S” mintmark for 1981.

A much clearer “S” mintmark with bulbous serifs is the Type II here. It's much scarcer than the 1981-S Type I, with perhaps only 10 to 15% of the 1981-S proofs represented by the Type II mintmark. That's approximately 500,000 of the 4,063,083 proof half dollars made in 1981.

1982-P No FG

Another major entry among the no-FG Kennedy half dollars. This variety is quite popular and widely collected by series enthusiasts. It’s also much more common than the 1966 SMS and 1972-D no-FG pieces.

1998-S Silver Matte Finish

This special 1998-S proof half dollar was included in the two-coin Kennedy Collector’s Set, which also contains a 1998-S Robert F. Kennedy commemorative silver dollar.

Only 62,000 examples of the 1998-S matte proof half dollar were made. Thus far that is the lowest-mintage non-variety Kennedy half dollar in the series.

2014-W 50th Anniversary Gold

While not normally included in a typical run of Kennedy half dollars, this three-quarter ounce 24 karat gold Kennedy half dollar commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first Kennedy half dollar in 1964. It was struck at the West Point Mint to the tune of 73,772 pieces. Its value is largely dependent on the prevailing winds of the gold bullion market.

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Collecting Kennedy Half Dollars

The Kennedy half dollar series doesn't only appeal to collectors of modern coins. It also attracts those who admire John F. Kennedy and the nostalgic “Camelot” period marked by JFK’s tenure in the White House from 1961 through 1963.

While the series lacks any major key dates or pricey rarities, it is nevertheless a big draw for collectors of high-end coins. Many of the business-strike issues are conditional rarities in grades above MS-66 and especially beyond MS-67.

A complete, basic date-and-mintmark set of business strikes and proofs can be built for less than $2,000. Add varieties and other unusual offerings, including the 2014-W gold half dollar, and the price can quickly approach $7,500 or more.

Those who wish to build a set in the highest-known grades can quickly run their costs into the high five figures. In other words, the sky’s the limit with how challenging one can make the Kennedy half dollar series.

Given the extraordinary popularity and versatility of the Kennedy half dollar series, there are plenty of options for collectors who wish to pursue this set. Completing a collection of Kennedy half dollars offers exciting avenues for everyone. It's also within the financial reach of most collectors. Yet the myriad opportunities for advanced collectors to customize their sets and include premium-quality examples and unusual varieties offer challenges to even the most advanced numismatists.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez is a journalist, editor, and blogger who has won multiple awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild. He has also authored numerous books, including works profiling the history of the United States Mint and United States coinage.

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Half dollar (United States coin)

Current denomination of United States currency

The half dollar, sometimes referred to as the half for short or 50-cent piece, is a United States coin worth 50 cents, or one half of a dollar. It is the largest United States circulating coin currently produced[1] in both size and weight, being 1.205 inches (30.61 millimeters) in diameter and 0.085 in (2.16 mm) in thickness, and is twice the weight of the quarter. The coin's design has undergone a number of changes throughout its history. Since 1964, the half dollar depicts the profile of President John F. Kennedy on the obverse and the Seal of the President of the United States on the reverse.[2]

Though not commonly used today, half-dollar coins have a long history of heavy use alongside other denominations of coinage, but have faded out of general circulation for many reasons. They were produced in fairly large quantities until the year 2002, when the U.S. Mint ceased production of the coin for general circulation. As a result of its decreasing usage, many pre-2002 half dollars remain in Federal Reserve vaults, prompting the change in production. Presently, collector half dollars can be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint,[2] and pre-2002 circulation half dollars may be ordered through most American banks and credit unions. In 2021, half dollars began to be produced for general circulation again.[3]


Half-dollar coins once saw heavy use, particularly in the first half of the 20th century. For many years, they were (and in many areas still are) commonly used by gamblers at casinos and other venues with slot machines. Rolls of half dollars may still be kept on hand in cardrooms for games requiring 50-cent antes or bring-inbets, for dealers to pay winning naturals in blackjack, or where the house collects a rake in increments. Additionally, some concession vendors at sporting events distribute half-dollar coins as change for convenience.

By the early 1960s, the rising price of silver neared the point where the bullion value of U.S. silver coins would exceed face value. In 1965, the U.S. introduced layered-composition coins made of a pure copper core sandwiched between two cupronickel outer faces. The silver content of dimes and quarters was eliminated, but the Kennedy half-dollar composition contained silver (reduced from 90% to 40%) from 1965 to 1970. Even with its reduced silver content, the half dollar attracted widespread interest from speculators and collectors, and that interest led to widespread hoarding of half dollars dated 1970 and earlier. In 1971, the half's composition was changed to match that of the clad dimes and quarters, and with an increase in production, the coin saw a minor increase in usage; by this time however, many businesses and the public had begun to lose interest in the coin and it gradually became uncommon in circulation by the end of the 1970s. Merchants stopped ordering half dollars from their banks, and many banks stopped ordering half dollars from the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. mints sharply reduced production of the coins.

Since 2002, half dollars have been minted only for collectors, due to large Federal Reserve and government inventories on hand of pre-2001 pieces; this is mostly due to lack of demand and large quantity returns from casino slot machines that now operate "coinless". Eventually, when the reserve supply runs low, the mint will again fill orders for circulation half dollars.[citation needed] It took about 18 years (1981–1999) for the large inventory stockpile of a similar low-demand circulation coin, the $1 coin, to reach reserve levels low enough to again produce circulation pieces.[citation needed] Modern-date half dollars can be purchased in proof sets, mint sets, rolls, and bags from the U.S. Mint, and existing inventory circulation pieces can be ordered through most U.S. banks and credit unions. All collector issues since 2001 have had much lower mintages than in previous years. Although intended only for collectors, these post-2001 half dollars often find their way into circulation, with examples occurring in change or as payment for small transactions.[4]

Aspects of early history[edit]

On December 1, 1794, the first half dollars, approximately 5,300 pieces, were delivered. Another 18,000 were produced in January 1795 using dies of 1794, to save the expense of making new ones.[5] Another 30,000 pieces were struck by the end of 1801. The coin had the Heraldic Eagle, based on the Great Seal of the United States on the reverse.[5] 150,000 were minted in 1804 but struck with dies from 1803, so no 1804 specimens exist, though there were some pieces dated 1805 that carried a "5 over 4" overdate.[5]

In 1838, half-dollar dies were produced in the Philadelphia Mint for the newly established New Orleans Mint, and ten test samples of the 1838 half dollars were made at the main Philadelphia mint. These samples were put into the mint safe along with other rarities like the 1804 silver dollar. The dies were then shipped to New Orleans for the regular production of 1838 half dollars. However, New Orleans production of the half dollars was delayed due to the priority of producing half dimes and dimes. The large press for half-dollar production was not used in New Orleans until January 1839 to produce 1838 half dollars, but the reverse die could not be properly secured, and only ten samples were produced before the dies failed. Rufus Tyler, chief coiner of the New Orleans mint, wrote to Mint Director Patterson of the problem on February 25, 1839.[6] The Orleans mint samples all had a double stamped reverse as a result of this production problem and they also showed dramatic signs of die rust, neither of which are present on the Philadelphia produced test samples. While eight Philadelphia minted samples survive to this day, there is only one known New Orleans minted specimen with the tell-tale double stamped reverse and die rust. This is the famous coin that Rufus Tyler presented to Alexander Dallas Bache (great grandson of Benjamin Franklin) in the summer of 1839 and was later purchased in June 1894 by A. G. Heaton, the father of mint mark coin collecting.[7] The 1838 Philadelphia-produced half dollars are extremely rare, with two separate specimens having sold for $632,500 in Heritage auctions in 2005 and 2008[8] respectively. The sole surviving Orleans minted 1838 is one of the rarest of all American coins.[9][10] In 1840 this mint produced nearly 180,000 half dollars.[5]

In 1861, the New Orleans mint produced coins for three different governments. A total of 330,000 were struck under the United States government, 1,240,000 for the State of Louisiana after it seceded from the Union, and 962,633 after it joined the Confederacy. Since the same die was used for all strikings, the output looks identical. However the Confederate States of America actually minted four half dollars with a CSA (rather than USA) reverse and the obverse die they used had a small die crack. Thus "regular" 1861 half dollars with this crack probably were used by the Confederates for some of the mass striking.[11]

There are two varieties of Kennedy half dollars in the proof set issues of 1964. Initially, the die was used with accented hair, showing deeper lines than the president's widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, preferred. New dies were prepared to smooth out some of the details. It is estimated that about 1 to 3% (40,000 to 100,000) of the proof halves are of the earlier type, making them somewhat more expensive for collectors.[12]

List of designs[edit]

Silver half dollars
40% silver half dollars
  • Kennedy 1965–1970
  • Kennedy 1976 (only collectors sets produced with 40% silver)
Copper-nickel clad half dollars

List of early commemorative issues[edit]

See also: Early United States commemorative coins § 50 Cents Silver

See also[edit]


  1. ^U.S. MINT Catalog
  2. ^ ab"kennedy-half-dollars". United States Mint. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  3. ^Gilkes, Paul. "2021-P Kennedy half dollars now being found in circulation". Coin World. Amos Media Company. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  4. ^United States Half DollarsDenver Coin Store. Web. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  5. ^ abcdJulian, R.W. (December 2006). "All About the Half Dollar". The Numismatist. 119 (12): 38.
  6. ^U.S. Archives, general correspondence of the Philadelphia Mint box 39
  7. ^"Treatise on coinage of The United States Branch Mints " published 1893/ author Augustus Heaton
  8. ^[1] Proof-63
  9. ^"The Surprising History Of The 1838-O Half Dollar " published Jan 2012 by Ivy Press/ David Stone and Mark Van Winkle authors Heritage
  10. ^[2] Proof-64
  11. ^"The SS Republic Shipwreck Project: the Coin Collection, p.23"(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
  12. ^"What exactly is an Accented Hair Kennedy?". Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  13. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1794–95 Half Dollar Flowing Hair". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  14. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1796–97 Half Dollar Draped Bust Small Eagle". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  15. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1801–07 Half Dollar Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  16. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1807–36 Half Dollar Capped Bust Lettered Edge". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  17. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1836–39 Half Dollar Capped Bust Reeded Edge". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  18. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1839–66 Half Dollar Seated Liberty No Motto". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  19. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1866–91 Half Dollar Seated Liberty With Motto". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  20. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1892–1915 Half Dollar Barber". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  21. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1916–47 Half Dollar Walking Liberty". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  22. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1948–63 Half Dollar Franklin". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  23. ^NGC Photo Proof (1994). "1964 – Half Dollar Kennedy". CoinSite. ROKO Design Group, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
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About Kennedy Halves (Proof)

Proof Kennedy half dollars have been issued for the duration of the series, which began in 1964 save for the period lasting from 1965 through 1967 when the United States Mint ceased production of all proof coinage in favor of proof-like collector coins. The first proof Kennedy half dollars were minted in a 90% silver composition, though by the time proof coinage had returned to the annual lineup in 1968, the makeup had been modified to a composition of 40% silver and 60% copper. In 1971, proofs were made in copper-nickel clad, following the elimination of silver from all circulating US coins in 1970.

In 1975 and 1976, Kennedy half dollars were partially revamped with 1776-1976 dual dating on the obverse and a depiction of Independence Hall on the reverse to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. A small number of proof bicentennial half dollars were minted in 40% silver. Otherwise, all Kennedy half dollars were minted in copper-nickel clad until 1992, when 90% silver proofs were reintroduced as an option for collectors.

The scarcest proof Kennedy half dollars are those with varieties, such as the 1964 Heavily Accented Hair half dollar. Cameo and deep cameo proof Kennedy half dollars from the 1960s and early 1970s are also scarce and command solid premiums over prices for typical Kennedy half dollars of the era. In 2014, the West Point Mint struck a one-year-only gold proof Kennedy half dollar in honor of the 50th anniversary of the beloved coin series. These generally trade for a small but healthy markup over spot prices.

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Are Half Dollars Valuable? - Silver Half Dollars

The simple answer is most half dollars are only worth their face value: 50 cents.

Older half dollars—any made prior to 1965—were minted from 90% silver. Their intrinsic value, or melt value, is greater than their 50¢ face value. These are the more valuable coins you should be looking for, or holding onto, when you buy silver.

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What Half Dollars Are Silver?

Refer to the following list of U.S. half dollars that are made of silver (Ag), including the date ranges they were minted:

  • Walking Liberty half dollar (1916–1947): 90% silver
  • Franklin half dollar (1948–1963): 90% silver
  • Kennedy half dollar (1964): 90% silver
  • Kennedy half (1965–1970): 40% silver
  • Kennedy half (1971–date): 0% silver, with the exception of 40% silver for 1976 mint set

Anything older than 1965 will always be 90% silver, although these half dollars also possess quite a lot of collectible appeal (and were minted in rather low numbers).

You can check out a list of half dollar designs—ranging all the way from 1794 to date!

How Much Is My Half Dollar Worth?

In terms of actual silver weight (often abbreviated "ASW"), the 90% silver halves each contain 0.36169 troy ounce of pure silver. That's roughly 11.25 grams of silver content.

The 40% silver half dollars logically have less silver than their predecessors, totaling 0.1479 troy oz per coin, equal to about 4.6 grams ASW.

To figure out how much a given half dollar is worth, follow these simple steps:

  • Check the date on the coin. 1964 or earlier means it's 90% silver. 1965 to 1970 means it's 40% silver. (If it's newer than 1970, you're out of luck.)
  • Refer to the weights provided above for 90% and 40% silver varieties.
  • Multiply the ASW by the current spot price of silver.

How Half Dollars Were Used

Modern half dollars made from a cheaper copper-nickel "clad" alloy are still produced periodically but rarely, if ever, actually circulate as money (i.e., are ever spent).

Half dollar coins were once commonly seen in casinos but are less popular now that most slot machines aren't coin-operated.

Quarters meanwhile became the most convenient and widespread denomination favored by manufacturers of vending machines, arcade chassis, and washers and dryers at laundromats in the late 20th century. This dampened commercial demand for half dollars as a result.

Collector interest in today's clad half dollar coins is also minimal. Uncirculated rolls of halves can be requested (or ordered) from any local bank branch in exchange for their face value.

Fun Facts About Half Dollar Coins

  • The half dollar denomination was among the first coins ever struck by the United States Mint back in the 1790s.
  • Half dollars have long appealed to the public thanks to their relatively large size. All halves minted since 1839 measure precisely 30.6 mm in diameter.
  • The John F. Kennedy design created by Gilroy Roberts to commemorate the late president's assassination was so beloved, it has remained the half dollar design for over 50 years. This was similar to the George Washington design on the quarter, which was created by sculptor John Flanagan in 1932 for Washington's 200th birthday but subsequently became a permanent fixture.
  • Coin and bullion dealers will typically sell bags of old 90% silver half dollars by face value.
  • The artistic merit of Adolph Weinman's Walking Liberty half dollar design is so undeniable that the U.S. Mint repurposed it for the modern American Silver Eagle coins (1986–date).

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Kennedy Half Dollar Values and Prices (1964-2015)

The United States Mint first produced the Kennedy half dollars in 1964 a few months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The nation was in mourning after the assassination of this popular president. Congress moved quickly to pass a law (Public Law 88-256) to eliminate the Franklin half dollar design and create a coin to commemorate President John F. Kennedy. Gilroy Roberts created the portrait of Kennedy on the obverse and Frank Gasparro sculpted the heraldic eagle on the reverse based upon the Great Seal of the United States.

In 1964 Kennedy half dollars were made from 90% silver and 10% copper. Half dollars made from 1965 through 1970 are composed of two outer layers containing 80% silver and 20% copper with an inner core of 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper (net composition: 40% silver and 60% copper). Coins minted in 1971 and beyond have outer layers composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel bonded to an inner core of pure copper. The coin has a diameter of 30.6 mm and a reeded edge.

Market for Kennedy Half Dollars

You can still obtain Kennedy half dollars from some banks for face value and are quite common. Circulated coins minted from 1964 to 1970 derive most of their value from their silver content. From 1965 to 1970 the silver content was reduced from 90% (in 1964 dated coins) to 40% silver. The popularity of collecting Kennedy half dollars is beginning to increase.

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Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

While there are some Kennedy half minor varieties, there are no issues that are exceedingly rare or expensive. The mint made special collector coins from 1965 to 1967, and again beginning in 1992. These coins are quite affordable for any coin collecting budget. In 1975 and 1976 the coins displayed a date of 1776-1976. These coins are circulating commemorative coins to celebrate Bicentennial of the United States. Although they appear unique, billions of these coins were minted and carry no premium value.

However, in 1970 the United States Mint made Kennedy half dollars at both the Denver mint facility and the San Francisco mint facility. The Philadelphia mint did not produce any half dollars in 1970. The mint produced coins in San Francisco with a Proof finish for inclusion the 1970 Proof set. The coins minted in Denver were business strike quality and included in United States Uncirculated Mint Sets. Therefore, the only way to obtain an example of a circulation quality 1970-D Kennedy half-dollar is to buy the United States Uncirculated 1970 Mint Set.

In 2014 the mint made special collector edition coins to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar. the first was a special collector edition set titled 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set. The set includes two copper-nickel clad 2014 Kennedy half-dollars with uncirculated finishes, one each from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and Denver. The designs on these coins replicate the high-relief portrait on the original 1964 coin.

The second set produced in 2014 was the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection. This four-coin silver half-dollar set featured four different finishes on the coins. Each coin used the original 1964 unmodified high relief obverse design that was hand-sculpted by United States Mint Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts in 1963. Finally, the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin was issued. This special Proof bullion coin was made out of 99.99% pure gold.

Condition or Grade

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the photo below, it is considered a circulated coin.

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the photo below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

Mint Marks

The mint produced Kennedy half dollars at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark or P), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S). As illustrated in the pictures in the links below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the 1964 coin located on the left-hand side just below the eagle's claw. From 1968 until today, the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin just below the point of Kennedy's bust and above the date. From 1965 to 1967 all U.S. coins did not carry a mint mark.

Kennedy Half Dollar Average Prices and Values

The buy price is what you can expect to purchase the coin and sell value is what you can expect from a dealer when you sell the coin. Average circulated and average uncirculated values are given. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and some other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. SellUnc. BuyUnc. Sell
1976-S Silver$5.00$4.00$7.00$5.00
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Complete Date-Mint Set Total Coins: 96$130.00$65.00$225.00$150.00
Complete Date Set Total Coins: 51$75.00$35.00$125.00$80.00

F.V. = Face Value
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

The values in this chart were assembled from my personal analysis of the coin market.

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Walking Liberty Half Dollar Values and Prices

The Liberty Walking half dollar is also referred to as a Walking Liberty half dollar. Both titles are correct and are widely accepted by numismatists and coin collectors. Whatever name you decide to call these classic half dollars, you will find this series of United States coins an enjoyable pursuit in your coin collecting journey. The set would be challenging for a beginning coin collector. Intermediate coin collectors with an appropriate budget would find this series quite enjoyable.

History of the Liberty Walking Half Dollar

The Walking Liberty half dollar is a coin issued by The United States Mint from 1916 until 1947 and has a face value of fifty cents. The coin was designed by Adolf A. Weinman and replaced the earlier Barber half dollar that was designed by Charles E. Barber. Mint Director, Robert W. Woolley had the Commission of Fine Arts conduct a design competition to replace the dime, quarter, and half dollar. Weinman's design of Lady Liberty striding towards the sun on the obverse and an eagle perched on a rock for the reverse won the design competition.

The United States Mint struck Liberty Walking half dollars at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. The mint placed the mint mark for coins minted at Denver (D) and San Francisco (S) on the obverse of the coin just below the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Approximately halfway through 1917, the mint moved the mintmark to the reverse of the coin in the lower left quadrant. This resulted in two variations for the year 1917. Pay close attention to the mint mark location for these coins.

Production continued at all three mints through 1921. From 1922 until 1933, the mint struck half dollars sporadically. After that, the mint continuously made them through 1947 at all three mint facilities. It is quite affordable for an intermediate coin collector to assemble a full date and mintmark set of Walking Liberty half dollars in circulated condition. An advanced coin collector should pursue assembling a full set by date and mintmark in uncirculated condition.

Market Analysis

Walking Liberty half dollars are collected by a substantial number of coin collectors. Therefore, the market is fairly strong if you are selling your coins. But don't expect to walk into a coin shop with a bag of Walking Liberty fifty-cent pieces and expect the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the valuable ones for you. If you want to get the most amount of money for your Walking Liberty halves, you need to sort, preserve, and protect the coins, so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

The following Walking Liberty half dollars are worth considerably more (in any condition) than common Walking Liberty halves. As such, these coins may be counterfeit or altered from common Walking Liberty half dollars. Therefore, before you start celebrating your new-found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1916-S
  • 1917-S Obv. mint mark
  • 1919-D
  • 1921
  • 1921-D
  • 1921-S

Condition or Grade 

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated below, it is considered a circulated coin.

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin. Be careful that you do not purchase a coin that has been clean in an effort to make it look uncirculated. Check to make sure that the details on the eagle on the reverse are full and complete. If the eagle is smooth and shiny, it has been cleaned.


Walking Liberty Half Dollars were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S). As illustrated in the picture links below, 1916 and 1917 dated coins the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, lower right just below "In God We Trust." Coins dated 1917 to 1947; the mintmark is on the reverse of the coin on the lower left just under the branch that the eagle is perched. Please note that some 1917 dated coins have the mint mark on the front and some have it on the back.

Mint Mark Location Obverse 1916 - 1917

In 1916, the mint mark was on the obverse below in God We Trust. At the beginning of 1917, the mint mark remained on the obverse. Halfway through 1917, the mint mark was moved to the reverse. See the example below.

Mint Mark Location Reverse 1917 - 1947

From 1917 until the series was ended in 1947 the mint mark was located on the reverse in the lower left quadrant of the coin. It is just below the sprig of the spruce tree. If there is no mint mark, that indicates the coin was minted at the Philadelphia mint facility.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sells value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Walking Liberty half dollar. The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and some other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. SellUnc. BuyUnc. Sell
1916 D$90.00$55.00$500.00$330.00
1916 S *$310.00$160.00$1,800.00$1,200.00
1917 D Obv. mint mark$95.00$55.00$900.00$700.00
1917 D Rev. mint mark$70.00$37.00$1,800.00$1,300.00
1917 S Obv. mint mark *$230.00$150.00$3,800.00$2,900.00
1917 S Rev. mint mark$25.00$14.00$1,100.00$800.00
1918 D$53.00$29.00$2,300.00$1,700.00
1918 S$25.00$13.00$1,400.00$1,000.00
1919 D *$200.00$110.00$10,300.00$7,300.00
1919 S$120.00$70.00$5,800.00$4,100.00
1920 D$110.00$60.00$2,900.00$2,100.00
1920 S$45.00$24.00$2,100.00$1,400.00
1921 *$475.00$280.00$6,400.00$4,500.00
1921 D *$580.00$320.00$10,100.00$7,000.00
1921 S *$440.00$250.00$24,000.00$17,000.00
1923 S$51.00$29.00$2,600.00$1,900.00
1927 S$26.00$15.00$1,700.00$1,200.00
1928 S$38.00$20.00$1,800.00$1,200.00
1929 D$24.00$13.00$580.00$410.00
1929 S$24.00$14.00$740.00$510.00
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. SellUnc. BuyUnc. Sell
1933 S$19.00$11.00$1,000.00$700.00
1934 D$19.00$10.00$200.00$150.00
1934 S$17.00$9.00$540.00$380.00
1935 D$18.00$9.00$220.00$160.00
1935 S$18.00$10.00$340.00$230.00
1936 D$17.00$10.00$100.00$70.00
1936 S$17.00$9.00$170.00$120.00
1937 D$18.00$10.00$210.00$150.00
1937 S$17.00$10.00$170.00$120.00
1938 D$67.00$37.00$540.00$400.00
1939 D$18.00$10.00$57.00$40.00
1939 S$17.00$9.00$170.00$120.00
1940 S$15.00$9.00$59.00$41.00
1941 D$15.00$9.00$46.00$33.00
1941 S$15.00B.V.$90.00$70.00
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. SellUnc. BuyUnc. Sell
1942 D$14.00B.V.$55.00$40.00
1942 S$14.00B.V.$60.00$44.00
1943 D$14.00B.V.$54.00$38.00
1943 S$14.00B.V.$57.00$39.00
1944 D$15.00B.V.$49.00$36.00
1944 S$14.00B.V.$46.00$33.00
1945 D$14.00B.V.$43.00$30.00
1945 S$14.00B.V.$45.00$33.00
1946 D$15.00B.V.$46.00$32.00
1946 S$15.00B.V.$43.00$29.00
1947 D$15.00B.V.$51.00$36.00
Date-Mint Set
Date Set

B.V. = Bullion Value; Look up the Current Intrinsic Bullion Value of U.S. Silver Coins
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price.
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

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About Kennedy Halves

Shortly following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, Congress expedited the approval of redesigning the half dollar to honor the nation?s fallen president. The first Kennedy half dollar was released in early 1964, replacing the Franklin half dollar that debuted only 16 years earlier in 1948.

The Kennedy half dollar, with the obverse designed by Gilroy Roberts and the reverse by Frank Gasparro, was an immediate hit; millions of mourning Americans jumping on the opportunity to own a "souvenir" of Kennedy for only 50 cents. This led many into thinking the Kennedy half dollar is inherently more valuable or worthy of saving than other half dollars and soon helped lead to an effective removal of the half dollar from circulation. By the early 1980s, the denomination had become virtually non-existent in day-to-day transactions, even though the half dollar remained on the lineup of business-strike circulating coinage until 2002.

No single issue of the Kennedy half dollar is rare, though any business-strike pieces grading better than MS66 or MS67 is largely regarded as a conditional rarity. There are also scarce varieties such as the 1974 doubled die obverse, 1982 no FG, and 1998-S matte finish. Several issues were made in relatively small quantities for distribution only in mint sets, including the 1970-D, 1987 Philadelphia and Denver pieces, and all made since 2002.

Sours: https://www.greysheet.com/coin-prices/series-landing/kennedy-halves

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