About the Coin
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 President John F. Kennedy, it was authorized by Congress just over a month after his death in January 1964. In 1971, silver was eliminated entirely from the coins.
A special design for the reverse of the half dollar was issued for the United States Bicentennial and was struck in 1975 and 1976.
In addition to business strikes, special collector coins were struck for the Bicentennial in silver clad; silver proof sets in which
the dime, quarter and half dollar were struck in 90% silver were first minted in 1992. In 2014 a special edition of the Kennedy
half dollar was also struck in 99.99% gold.