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Kennedy Half Dollars: 1964-ongoing

  • Designers: Gilroy Roberts (Obverse) and Frank Gasparro (Reverse)
  • Diameter: 1.20 inches; 30.6 mm; reeded edge
  • Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco

    Variety 1: 1964

    • Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
    • Weight: 11.50 grams
    • Mint mark: D on reverse above 'HALF'

    Variety 2: 1965-1970

    • Composition: 3-layer Silver/Cupro clad (approx. 40% silver)
          -- Outer layers of 80% silver, 20% copper
          -- Inner core of 21% silver, 79% copper
    • Weight: Weight: 11.50 grams
    • Mint mark:
          -- 1965-1967: no mint marks
          -- 1968-1970: D or S on obverse above the date

    Variety 3: 1971-1974; 1977-ongoing

    • Composition: 3-layer Cupro/Nickel clad
          -- Outer layers of 75% copper, 25% nickel
          -- Inner core of 100% copper
    • Weight: Weight: 11.34 grams
    • Mint marks:
          -- 1971 to 1980: D or S on obverse above the date
          -- 1981 to date: P, D or S on obverse above the date

    Variety 4: 1976 only

    This design was issued for only one year to commemorate the US bicentennial of 1776-1996.
    • Designers: Gilroy Roberts (Obverse) and Seth Huntington (Reverse)
    • Composition: 2 different compositions and weights:
          -- 3-layer Silver/Cupro clad: same as Variety 2 series; 11.50 grams
          -- 3-layer Cupro/Nickel clad: same as Variety 3 series; 11.34 grams
    • Mint marks: D or S on obverse above the date

    After the 1976 Bicentennial issue, the Kennedy half dollar reverted to the original eagle reverse, and it has continued without changes ever since.  Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of them have been produced over the intervening 34 years, and yet I NEVER get any in change.  Do you suppose they just keep stacking up year after year in a warehouse somewhere?

    This page was developed by Herb Klug       Updated June 6, 2018       Contact me at