9 Most Valuable Kennedy Half-Dollar Coins in Circulation

The Kennedy Half-Dollar is a significant coin in American numismatics, first minted in 1964 as a tribute to President John F. 

After President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, there was a rapid movement to commemorate him on a piece of U.S. currency. 

The obverse was designed by Gilroy Roberts, featuring Kennedy’s profile, while the reverse, designed by Frank Gasparro, showcased the Presidential Coat of Arms. 

The coin was released on March 24, 1964, and immediately captured the public’s interest. 

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It became more of a keepsake than a circulating coin, leading to a shortage in general circulation due to hoarding. 

Initially minted in 90% silver, the composition shifted to 40% silver in 1965 and then to a copper-nickel clad in 1971 due to rising silver prices. 

Over the years, the U.S. Mint has released special editions and proof sets for collectors. 

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