Kennedy Half Dollars
Introduced in 1964 to honor the late President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy half dollar was a popular collectible from its first day of issue. Made of solid 90% silver like contemporary dimes and quarters during its first year of production, the following years (1965 - 1970) saw a change to a core of low-grade silver sandwiched between two layers of 80% silver, working out to about 40% silver by total weight. Hoarding of the silver-clad issues led in 1971 to the change to the same copper-nickel clad copper composition as the post-1964 dime and quarter. Still in production after over 50 years, though rarely seen in circulation, the Kennedy half makes a large, but doable collection.
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