Impact of Kennedy's assassination on coin

Rapid Development: Following President Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, there was an immediate public and governmental desire to honor his memory.

Legislation: The Coinage Act of 1964 was swiftly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson

Design Selection: The U.S. Mint chose a design featuring a portrait of President Kennedy for the obverse of the coin.

Silver Composition: The 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar was originally minted in 90% silver and 10% copper. 

Collectible Appeal: The Kennedy Half Dollar immediately became a highly sought-after collectible item.

Coin Shortages: Upon its release in March 1964, the demand for the Kennedy Half Dollar was so intense that it caused shortages at banks across the United States.

Numismatic Legacy: The Kennedy Half Dollar remains one of the most widely collected U.S. coins, not only for its historical significance but also for its aesthetic appeal and numismatic value




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