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Kennedy half dollars were first minted in 1964 to commemorate President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963. JFK half dollars are only produced each year for the annual coin sets and other numismatic products.
The Kennedy Half Dollar is available in coin rolls and coin bags and in circulating and uncirculated finishes.
Produced in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the coin, The Kennedy Silver Half Dollar is struck in 90% silver and is available in four different finishes. The Kennedy Gold Half Dollar is the first gold half dollar offered by the U.S. Mint. It features the original 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar obverse design and is struck in pure, 24-karat gold.
The half dollar has a rich American history beginning in 1794. From 1794 to 1947, the half-dollar, like many coins of the time, was made of silver and decorated with an allegorical image that symbolized liberty on the obverse. In 1948, Benjamin Franklin’s likeness was placed on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. During the bicentennial years 1975 and 1976, the reverse featured an image of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.