Now the longest-running design on the US half-dollar coin, the Kennedy Half Dollar has been in circulation in the United States since March 1964 when the first coins were released to the public. Many of those early specimens were hoarded by Americans as a memento of the recently assassinated president, but those were also the only specimens in the series to feature 90% silver. Right now, 1964 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in small plastic bags!
- Features only a 1964 date mark!
- Consists of .3619 Troy ounces of actual silver content per coin.
- Bears individual face values of $.50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- The obverse includes President John F. Kennedy’s bust.
- On the reverse is a modified version of the presidential seal.
- Total face value included is $1 (USD).
- Includes two coins to make up the face value.
Each 1964 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar in this listing contains 90% silver and is the only circulation coin from the Kennedy Half Dollar series with this level of silver purity. This listing offers two of the coins in a small plastic bag, each one featuring a 1964 date mark. Starting in 1965, the Kennedy Half Dollars featured 40% silver instead and that continued through 1970.
Kennedy Half Dollars were introduced at a period in time where silver prices were rising so quickly that US circulation coins had a far greater silver value than the issued face value. The 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars had 90% silver with 10% copper. From 1965 to 1970, Kennedy Half Dollars featured 40% silver with 40% silver and 60% copper. Since 1971, circulation Kennedy Half Dollars have a cupro-nickel mixture surrounding a small, solid copper core.
On the obverse of 1964 Silver Kennedy Half Dollar coins is the image of President John F. Kennedy in left-profile relief. This bust was actually approved by Kennedy himself before his death as Gilroy Roberts created this image for use on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Medal Series earlier in Kennedy’s term as President of the United States. The existence of the design before his death made it easy for the US Mint to switch the half-dollar design in just four months between November 1963 and March 1964.
The reverse of 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar coins includes a modified version of the presidential seal. This design also featured on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Medal Series and was created by Frank Gasparro.
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