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½ Dollar "Kennedy Half Dollar"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1965-1970
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.400)
Weight 11.5 g
Diameter 30.61 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 202a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 203a
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Profile of John Fitzgerald Kennedy facing left

if there is a mintmark, it is over the 9 and the 6, to the right of the lower end of the portrait

Lettering:
LIBERTY
GR
IN GOD WE TRUST
1965

Engraver: Gilroy Roberts

Gilroy Roberts was a sculptor, gemstone carver, and the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint between 1948 and 1964. He is notable for having designed the obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar.

Reverse

Modified presidential seal of the United States of America: A shield (with vertical stripes) on the chest of an American eagle. The eagle holds an olive branch on its right talon and a bundle of thirteen arrows on its left, and in its beak a scroll with "E PLURIBUS UNUM". A circle of stars surrounds the eagle.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
FG
HALF DOLLAR

Engraver: Frank Gasparro

Frank Gasparro was the tenth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, holding this position from February 23, 1965 to January 16, 1981. Before that, he was Assistant Engraver. He designed both sides of the Susan B.

Edge

Reeded

½ Dollar "Kennedy Half Dollar" -  obverse

© jasanche

Comments

Gilroy Roberts monogram, which some confuse for a hammer and sickle, appears on the truncation.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1965  65,879,366 4.32 4.23 4.07 4.07 4.94 6.55 27%
1965 SMS 2,360,000 5.66 3% Special Mint Set
1966  108,984,932 2.98 3.90 3.86 3.86 5.40 5.87 33%
1966 SMS 2,261,583 7.84 3% Special Mint Set
1967  295,046,978 1.75 3.27 3.49 3.83 3.83 3.91 5.91 56%
1967 SMS 18,633,440 6.80 3% Special Mint Set
1968 D 246,951,930 4.38 4.22 3.81 3.81 4.36 5.66 49%
1968 S 3,041,506 6.86 5% Proof
1969 D 129,881,800 1.79 4.38 3.91 3.91 4.59 5.88 34%
1969 S 2,934,631 7.87 5% Proof
1970 D 2,150,000 14.38 4% Mint Set only
1970 S 2,632,810 9.82 5% Proof

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