Silver Kennedy Half Dollar

Silver Kennedy Half Dollar

Just two months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the first Kennedy Half Dollars were minted. This coin continued to be minted from 1964 to 1970, in a denomination of $0.50.

The coins were originally minted with a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, but due to citizens hoarding the half dollars, the percentage of fine silver was reduced from 90% to 40% (silver clad) starting with pieces dated 1965.

On the obverse of the coin is John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The reverse image features an eagle carrying an olive branch (symbolizing peace) and arrows (symbolizing strength). Fifty stars representing the fifty states of the U.S. circle the eagle. Thirteen stripes represent the 13 colonies, whilst a horizontal bar represents Congress, cumulating in one government from many.

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