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Mot is here every morning @ 6:30 AMMarch 24th 1964 the Kennedy Silver half dollar was introduced.
The Kennedy Half Dollar was introduced in 1964, prematurely putting an end to the prior Franklin Half series. The coin was created as a way to memorialize President John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated in the prior year. The series was immediately popular with the public, and remains popular with coin collectors today.here is the link on the above article
The obverse of the coin was designed by Gilroy Roberts based on existing models used for Kennedy's Presidential Medal. It features Kennedy facing left, with "Liberty" above, the date below, and "In God We Trust" split by the truncation of the neck. The reverse features the Presidential Seal, as designed by Frank Gasparro. A heraldic eagle is surrounded by fifty stars with "United States of America" above and "Half Dollar" below.
The Kennedy Half Dollar was minted for circulation each year from 1964 to 2001, except for the years 1970 and 1987 when coins were only produced for inclusion in the annual Mint Sets. From 2002 to present, circulation strike Kennedy Halves have been produced in limited quantities not issued for circulation, but made available to collectors through numismatic bags and rolls. The lowest mintage issues are the 2008-P and 2008-D circulation strike coins, with 1.7 million produced for each.
Kennedy Half Dollars underwent a number of compositional changes during the course of the series. The first coins issued in 1964 were struck in 90% silver, as were the quarter dollars and dimes struck for that year. In 1965 the silver content was completely removed from the quarter and dime, but reduced to 40% for the half dollar. This 40% silver composition was used for Kennedy Halves struck from 1965 to 1970. Starting in 1971, Kennedy Halves were struck in the copper nickel clad composition that had been previously implemented for the quarter and dime.
In subsequent years, there were Kennedy Half Dollars minted with silver content, but these were for special collector sets. The first instance was the 1976-S Uncirculated and Proof Kennedy Half Dollars struck in 40% silver for inclusion in 3 coin Bicentennial Coin Sets. Starting in 1992, the US Mint began issuing a Silver Proof Set. These sets contained the quarter, dime, and half dollar struck in 90% silver. When the Robert F. Kennedy Commemorative Silver Dollar was released in 1998, the US Mint produced a special 1998-S matte proof Kennedy Half Dollar struck in 90% silver for inclusion in a Kennedy Collector's Set.