History and design evolution of Kennedy half-dollar.

Introduction in 1964: The Kennedy half-dollar was first minted in 1964 to commemorate President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in November 1963

Design by Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro: The obverse (front) of the coin features a portrait of Kennedy designed by Gilroy Roberts

Initial Composition: The 1964 Kennedy half-dollar was struck in 90% silver and 10% copper.

1965-1970 Composition Change: From 1965 to 1970, the Kennedy half-dollar was produced with a 40% silver content

Post-1970 Clad Composition: Starting in 1971, the half-dollar transitioned to a copper-nickel clad composition

Bicentennial Design (1975-1976): To celebrate the United States Bicentennial

Collectible and Proof Editions: Since its introduction, the Kennedy half-dollar has been produced in special collectible versions




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