Collecting coins is one of the most satisfying hobbies not only on a self-fulfilling level but more importantly, on a financial level as well. People who collect coins like the Kennedy silver half dollars can earn some money from these old coins.
Kennedy silver half dollars are one of the most popular coins to collect ever since its inception. Bearing the late president John F. Kennedy’s left side image on its obverse side, this fifty cent coin was first released in 1964. Noticeably, this was less than a year after Kennedy was assassinated and is probably the reason why many people wanted to collect and keep the commemorative coin. Through the years, the Kennedy silver half dollars never circulated very well as most people chose to hoard these half dollar coins.
Originally, the Kennedy silver half dollars have a 90% silver composition and is 30.60 mm in diameter.
Later on, due to increase in silver prices and decrease in the silver stock of the Treasury, this was reduced to 40% and later settled into copper just like the other coins. Kennedy silver half dollars used to weigh 12.50 grams when they were still composed of 90% silver. Meanwhile, the copper-nickel version of the half dollar weighs 11.34 grams. With a closer look on Kennedy’s image, one can see a very detailed rendering of his hairlines. On the reverse side of the coin, the Kennedy silver half dollar has the modified presidential seal on it. However, for the special bicentennial edition, the reverse side of the coin has a design of the Independence Hall.
A favorite among coin collectors, there were special Kennedy silver half dollars that were struck by the Mint just to cater to the people fond of the coin. Truly, the Kennedy silver half dollar proved itself as a collector item must have.