50 years of JFK halves

March 28, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Jeff Dankert. March 27th,2014 ( NewsTribune.

It has been 50 years since the U.S. Mint released the silver half-dollar featuring President John F. Kennedy. While these coins are not rare, their value in silver means few if any are being circulated today.

When the coins were released March 26, 1964, people flocked to banks to get them. Citizens could buy them or get them as change, said Chris Drewel, owner of Valley Coin-Jewelry-Pawn in Spring Valley.

“You could get one in change because it was general circulation,” Drewel said.

The 50-cent pieces were 90 percent silver. Today, each one would be worth $7.25 in silver, based on current prices, Drewel said. As a collectible it is worth $10 to $12, depending on the condition, he said.

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