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: Gilroy 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.