Kennedy Half Dollar

We need to add the Kennedy half dollars because 1964 was the last year they made silver half dollars. We have amazingly found quite a few of these, and even on the beach.

We can't help but wonder why people would have half dollars in their pockets at a beach. But we know why they lost them, because they are so heavy.

History: Kennedy Silver Half DollarGilroy Roberts was the former chief engraver for the Mint. He designed the obverse for this coin. His stylized initials are on the truncation of the bust of John F Kennedy. The reverse has the presidential Coat of Arms and it was done by engraver Frank Gasparro.

A few pieces dated 1971D and 1977D were struck in silver clad by mistake. From 1965 to 1970 the Kennedy half dollar became a clad coin with the outer layers made of .800 silver, .200 copper bonded to an inner core of .210 silver and .790 copper.