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1964 Kennedy Half Dollar

Production of the 1964 Kennedy half dollar began two months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Kennedy half dollars are still being produced today. Read on to learn more about the design, history, and value of this coin.

1964 Kennedy Half Dollar

About the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar

The 1964 Kennedy half dollar was the first in the series of coins that honor former President John F. Kennedy. Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro took only five days to get the design finished. Roberts designed the front of the Kennedy half dollar that features Kennedy in profile. He used the same profile that had been used for the Kennedy inaugural medal that was made two years before. It had the word LIBERTY encircling the image, and the date was put at the bottom. The words IN GOD WE TRUST were inscribed above the date and on both sides of the image.

The back side of the 1964 Kennedy half dollar has the Seal of the President of the United States. The words “Seal of the President of the United States” from the seal were replaced with “United States of America” at the top and “Half Dollar” at the bottom. The seal features an eagle with an olive branch in one claw for peace and arrows in the other for strength. The eagle has a shield in front of him with 13 stripes that represent the original 13 colonies and a blue stripe at the top showing one government from many. The eagle also has a ribbon in his beak that has the words E PLURIBUS UNUM written on it.

The mint mark, which identifies which US Mint made the coin, is found on the reverse (back) side of the coin under the eagle's right talon. The Kennedy half dollars were produced at the US Mints in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. If a 1964 Kennedy dollar was made at Philadelphia, it would not have a mint mark. If it were made in Denver, it would have a D and if it were made in San Francisco, it would have an S.

Coin Values

The value of any coin depends on its rarity, condition, and errors. Old coins are not necessarily rare but they can be. Sometimes a US Mint does not make very many so those would be in higher demand. Condition is a huge factor when determining the condition of a coin. The Sheldon Scale rates coins from Poor-1 to MS-70. Poor-1 is a coin with almost all the detail worn off and no luster left on it, and MS-70 is a mint state, perfect coin that was un-circulated. Lastly, some coins have errors because the minting process struck the blank twice with the stamp. This is called doubling and can result in an error and higher coin value. Another error can come from the die (engraved stamp) having a flaw on it.

There are two 1964 Kennedy coins that are worth some money. They are listed here with the price range that shows all the conditions of the coins.

  • 1964 = $6.00 - $20.00
  • 1964 D = $6.00 - $40.00

The half dollar has intrinsic value for the amount of silver it contains. This particular coin is very special, because it is the only year that the coins were 90% silver and 10% copper. From 1965 to 1970, the coins were 40% silver and 60% copper. From 1971 to the present day, they are 91.67% copper and 8.33% nickel.

Any coin made of silver or gold has value from the amount of metal it contains. In other words, it can be sold and melted down to extract the silver or gold. The value will change according to the current market price of the metal. As of October 29, 2010, the melt value for the 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar is $8.9519.