Kennedy Half Dollars
The Kennedy Half Dollar began minting in 1964, less than a year after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The obverse of this coin was designed by Gilroy Roberts and features a portrait of Kennedy. The standard reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro featuring the presidential seal. A special Bicentennial issue in 1976 was designed by Seth Huntington, features Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
Regular issue coinage began at the Denver Mint, followed by the Philadelphia Mint. These coins were released to the public amid much fanfare and anticipation in March of 1964. Despite limiting the number of coins a bank would sell to an individual, the Kennedy Half Dollar disappeared as fast as they were issued, many of which never reappeared in circulation. From its very inception, the Kennedy half dollar became a keepsake, one cherished not only by Americans, but also by the late Presidentís many foreign admirers as well.
Composition 1964: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Composition from 1965-1970: 80% Silver, 20% Copper over 21% Silver, 79% Copper Core; Net of 40% Silver
Composition from 1971-Present: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel bonded to a pure Copper Core
Kennedy Half Dollars: 1964-Present