First issued in 1964, the design of the Kennedy half dollar was intended as a memorial to the assassinated President. It is the second longest running designed ever used on the half dollar, a testimony to America's reverence for John F. Kennedy.
Within hours of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, there was talk at the Mint about depicting him on U.S. coinage. By November 27, Mint Director Eva Adams authorized Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts to begin the process of preparing dies for a new half dollar. Meanwhile, Congress rushed to pass legislation approving the design change, and on December 30, President Lyndon Johnson approved the bill authorizing the Kennedy half dollar.
The obverse features a left-facing profile of President John F. Kennedy that was adapted from the U.S. Mint's Presidential series of medals that was also designed by Gilroy Roberts. The reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro and depicts the heraldic eagle and shield of the Presidential Coat of Arms.
Proof coins like these are produced using specially treated dies and have an immediately recognizable mirror-like finish. Graded PR70 by ANACS and bearing the S mint mark of the San Francisco Mint, these Kennedy half dollars were struck in 90% silver exclusively for collectors and exhibit a deep cameo appearance.
In 2002, the United States Mint stopped production of the Kennedy half dollar for circulation. Since then, Kennedy halves have only been issued for inclusion in special sets with mintages far below previous years, making them highly sought-after collectibles. Avoid disappointment and order yours today.
Weight: 12.50 g
Diameter: 30.61 mm
Composition: 90% Silver; 10% Copper