One of the most popular American presidents of the 20th century was John F. Kennedy. The youngest man ever elected president and the first Catholic, Kennedy served until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy is honored with his portrait on the nation’s circulation half-dollar coin, but the first year of the series was the most significant. Today, 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollars are available from Wall Street Metals in $10 tubes with BU grades.
- Ships in a $10 tube.
- First year of issue for Kennedy Half Dollars.
- Each coin’s face value of $.50 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Contains approximately 7.23 oz of 90% silver.
- Obverse features a left-profile portrait of President John F. Kennedy.
- Reverse includes a modified presidential seal of the United States.
- All struck in 1964.
In this unique product listing from Wall Street Metals you will receive a $10 tube of 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollars. The coin was first introduced in January 1964, just three months after the president was assassinated. Only the 1964 strikings of the coin contained 90% silver content, with future releases in circulation containing only 40% silver.
The coins were designed in the immediate aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in November, 1963. US Mint sculptors Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro were tapped to modify existing dies, which allowed the quick turnaround and production of Kennedy Half Dollars to replace the existing Benjamin Franklin Half Dollars.
On the obverse of each coin is a left-profile bust of President John F. Kennedy created by Gilroy Roberts. It includes the simple engravings of “Liberty” above his head, “In God We Trust” on either side of his neck, and the year of issue below.
The reverse of the 90% Silver Kennedy Half Dollar includes Frank Gasparro’s modification of the Seal of the President of the United States of America. It includes the nation’s heraldic eagle in the center, with an olive branch in one talon and arrows in another. It holds a banner in its beak that reads “E Pluribus Unum.”
Your tube may contain coins with or without mintmarks. Philadelphia minted coins were unmarked that year and the Denver mint included a D mintmark on the reverse side.