Value of Collectible Kennedy Half Dollars (1764-2015)


Do you possess any Kennedy half dollar coins? Are you curious about their worth? There is a wide range of rare half-dollar coins available today, some of which are highly valuable and could be inadvertently tucked away in someone’s wallet. Today, we will discuss the various uncommon half-dollar coins available and the value of Kennedy half-dollar coins. From the rarest to the most common, these coins can be identified by their year of mintage, design, and condition. Kennedy half-dollar coins, in particular, are highly sought after due to their historical significance and collectability. Depending on the year of mintage, design, and condition, these coins can be worth anywhere from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.

1. Market for Kennedy Half Dollars

Kennedy half-dollars from 1964-1970 are highly sought after due to their composition of 90% copper and 10% nickel. Many banks still honor face value for these coins, making them quite common. The Kennedy half dollar coins produced between 1965 and 1970 are of lesser value due to the reduction of their silver content to 40%. Despite this, the popularity of collecting these coins increased during this period.


Beginning in 2002, demand for half-dollar coins decreased significantly, leading the United States Mint to produce them exclusively for collectors. In 2022, the Federal Reserve Bank requested the production of more half-dollar coins for commercial use for the first time in over two decades.

2. Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

The Kennedy half dollar has a minimum value, yet it is still considered expensive and rare. From 1965 to 1966, and again in 1992, the mint produced collectible coins that were widely used due to their affordability and suitability for all incomes.


In 1975-1976, the United States Mint produced coins with the number 1776-1976. Despite their unique appearance, the Kennedy half-dollar coins have
a low value. In 1970, the Mint created the Kennedy half-dollar coins at two mints, Denver and San Francisco. The coins minted in Denver have been deemed superior and are thus included in the American Acyclic Mint’s test set. The factory in San Francisco has successfully completed the test coins for this purpose.


In 2014, the United States Mint released a special edition set of coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar. The set, titled “Fiftieth Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set,” includes two half-dollar coins with a non-cyclic finish and nickel-coating that replicate the original reliefs minted on the 1964 Kennedy half dollar by the Philadelphia and Denver mints.


In 1999, the United States Mint issued a set of four half-dollar coins with four distinct finishes. The reverse side of each coin retained the original unmodified relief. Additionally, a special coin was minted from 99.99% pure gold.

3. Condition or Grade

A circulating coin will display signs of wear and tear, as illustrated below. Conversely, an out-of-circle coin will show no evidence of use or wear over time.


Coins of VF20 or EF40 grade are highly sought after due to their sharp details and minimal wear. VF20 coins feature all minting details that are clear and easy to make out, while EF40 coins may have some slight wear in certain areas, such as the arrows or central tail feathers.

4. Mint Marks

Kennedy half dollars minted in 1964 may feature a mint mark on the reverse, located just below the eagle’s claws. These coins were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark or P), San Francisco (S), and Denver (D).


From 1965 to 1967, US coins lacked a mint mark. Since 1968, the mint mark has been located on the reverse side of the coin, positioned directly below the Kennedy bust and above the year of manufacture.

5. Kennedy Half Dollar Average Prices and Values

The purchase value of a rare item is what one can expect to pay when owning it. The sale value, on the other hand, is the amount a dealer is likely to offer for such an item. Mean circulating and average non-cyclical values are usually given as approximate retail and wholesale prices. However, the actual value of the coin may vary depending on the dealer and other factors, resulting in different offers.


Kennedy half dollar coins are not rare, as they were issued in denominations of 50 cents. However, certain coins may be of greater value depending
on their mint condition and the year of issue. For instance, an uncircumcised 1964 Kennedy half dollar is worth approximately $12.50.


We have compiled a selection of Kennedy half-dollar denominations based on the market, including F.V. (Face Value) :

Date & Mint Circ. Buy Circ. Sell Unc. Buy Unc. Sell
1964 $11.50 $10.00 $12.50 $10.50
1964-D $11.50 $10.00 $13.00 $10.50
1965 $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $6.00
1966 $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $6.00
1967 $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $6.00
1968-D $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $6.00
1969-D $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $6.00
1970-D $7.50 $5.50 $13.50 $12.00
1971 $1.00 F.V. $1.70 $1.00
1971-D $1.00 F.V. $1.70 $1.00
1972 $1.00 F.V. $1.60 $1.00
1972-D $1.00 F.V. $1.60 $1.00
1976-S Silver $5.00 $4.00 $7.00 $5.00

The Kennedy half dollar coin was first minted in 1964 as a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy. Over the years, these coins have undergone various modifications. This article has provided an overview of the Kennedy half dollar. If you possess one of these coins, it may be worth appraising.

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