1964 Kennedy Silver Half Dollar - 90% Silver

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The Kennedy half dollar, first minted in 1964, is a fifty-cent coin currently issued by the United States Mint. Intended as a memorial to the assassinated 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy, it was authorised by Congress just over a month after his death. 

The silver coins were hoarded upon their release in March 1964 by collectors and those interested in a memento of the late president. Although the Mint greatly increased production, the denomination was seldom seen in circulation. Continued rises in the price of silver increased the hoarding—many early Kennedy half dollars have been melted for their silver content.

Starting with 1965-dated pieces, the percentage of fine silver was reduced from 90% to 40% (silver clad), but even with this change the coin saw little circulation.

It is comprised of 12.5 grams of 0.900 Silver, and has a diameter of 30.61 mm.

The total mintage for this coin was 277,254,766.

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Julie Culley
1964 Kennedy sliver half dollar

Nice coin great price