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March 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.

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.

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Originally posted to eeff on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM PDT.

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  •  Good Morning (16+ / 0-)

    It should be about 60° when this publishes.
    Our high in Concord, NC will be around 78° with a 60% chance of thunder boomers.

    Hope your Saturday goes like you want it to

  •  Working this weekend as usual. (6+ / 0-)

    My Mac RAM came. Now I can Think Different even more so.

    I inked away on the "Behemobile" I hope to finish that drawing tonight except for the clean up and spotting of blacks.

    I'm working up some ideas for a wife for Hermillion Vassowary, an Aphrodite to his Hephaestus. One idea is a big '70s type 30-ish husky busty muffin-top blonde. Another idea that's a lot less likely to be used because it's too quirky and fetishistic is a ravin haired brunette with a angelically pretty face but at 600 pounds and about ready to burst the seams and buttons on her tent dress.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:44:35 AM PDT

  •  You coin a good phrase. (4+ / 0-)

    I know media matters is following up on Rush, but it is hard to get the latest on the golden mike. Being as dense as this morning's fog, I could not understand how swapping radio time with smaller stations earned rush a profit. Or how stopping it was another blow to the blowhard.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:56:46 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning eeff & Kogs! (4+ / 0-)

    My mom went nuts when they minted the Kennedy half dollar and saved every one she got her hands on for a while.  My brother was born in 1962 and she had his hair cut like little John John's and wanted to save all those coins for him -- obviously my older brother and I were chopped liver in her eyes.

    She did finally stop collecting those coins, but I don't recall whatever happened to them all.  I know I didn't get 'em :D

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:58:41 AM PDT

    •  Good morning, JaxDem! (4+ / 0-)

      Hmmm ... the Case of the Purloined Coins. Interesting how things "disappear" like that. When my grandmother died, 4 normally sensible adults (in their 70s!) were arguing like children over who should get what.

      You have a great day also!

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:05:32 AM PDT

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      •  Sibling rivalry lasts and lasts..... (1+ / 0-)
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          ....was not a problem between my brother and me. Thankfully!

           What about the Lionel trains, I said, how to divide them? "I don't have the room, really," he said, ".....why don't you just take them?"

           And so it went from there. "You take it," nawww, "YOU take it." What a blessing that was. Some families are torn apart and never reconcile. A shame......

        Compost for a greener piles?

        by Hoghead99 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 06:23:05 AM PDT

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      •  After my parents died and my sister and I were (0+ / 0-)

        deciding whether to sell the house and so on, we decided early on there would be no arguing over the house and its belongings. WE decided it was not worth ruining our relationship.

        1. First we vowed not to argue and to stay close and put our relationship first over things.

        2. We had a notebook and went from room to room deciding who gets what. It was very easy and turned out great because we both knew we would have to share and not get all that we wanted.

        3. The things we both wanted, we divided them. One instance was Dad's sports stuff...she took the golf clubs and I took all the baseball stuff. Then there was some furniture we both wanted and we divided that and so on.

        4. It was a good experience as we took turns. Sister got this one antique table, I took the antique lamp on it.

      •  Just to clarify for the record... (0+ / 0-)

        the chopped liver remark was a joke.  I really do not know what happened to the coins, but I can assure you there was no sibling rivalry or arguing among the three of us when she died.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:26:10 AM PDT

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        •  Record clarification noted. ;) (1+ / 0-)
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          It is interesting how hearing certain things trigger other things in our mind. When I read your story about the half-dollars, it reminded me of my grandmother's "estate". It was really just a bunch of stuff ... of value to almost no one (although I got her clock). My uncle's 2nd wife and his children from an earlier marriage decided to argue over an item of furniture. And then one of my other uncles weighed in that she had promised it to him. She would have been appalled. I personally think that it was just a reason for everyone to go after each other in a way that they would not have if she were still alive (pent up pissiness?)

          I have talked to other people who report similar experiences. At a time when everyone should be coming together to share their grief at the passing of a loved one they instead bicker over material things.

          I am glad that your family did not have to deal with that. And not surprising because I know you to be one of the kindest souls I have ever met ... that does not usually happen in a vacuum.

          Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

          by JanF on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:51:05 AM PDT

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          •  Thank you for such kind words, Jan. (0+ / 0-)

            I was pretty sure you knew my intent, but when I read the resulting thread I wanted to clarify rather than let it possibly bug me all day.  

            You made my eyes leak there with that last paragraph.  Thank you, my friend.

            As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

            by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 10:46:51 AM PDT

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    •  GM JaxDem (4+ / 0-)

      almost time for a NAP !!!

      hope your day goes well

      •  You take that nap if you want!! (2+ / 0-)
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        Guess what?!!  I spotted a momma duck and babies here in my little lake out back!  We have geese and ducks and fish.  I walk out there several times a week and toss bread for them all.  I went out yesterday and up swims momma and what looked to be around 8 or 9 wee little babies.  Then the noisy geese swooped in and off she went.  I'll have to wander down there with camera in hand from now on.

        We had a thunderstorm that lasted for hours last night.  My guesser had predicted 0% chance of rain. He's 0 for 2 this week :D

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:32:44 AM PDT

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  •  57 degrees here on our hillside. (5+ / 0-)

    We have 70 and rain forecast for today.  

    I felt lousy yesterday and did not get anything productive done except for three pre-hire interviews for law enforcement officers.  I think I will go to the office today and try to finish my reports for the week.  

    We have a few Kennedy half dollars around here, but I much prefer the more attractive Ben Franklin half dollars.  When they minted the Kennedy coin, the result was predictable.  The half dollar was hoarded instead of kept in circulation.  If they had not minted the Kennedy coin and kept Ben Franklin, you would have half dollar coins in your purse or pocket right now.  

    I think the mint learned something from that.  I think any figure used on a coin needs to be deceased at least fifty years before the image is used.  That would remove the emotional attachment to the coin's image.

  •  Still down in Valpo (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks to all who recced my diary on Valpo yesterday.
    You'll have to bear with me this is one of those international 3 row keyboards. This is what I should be tyyping on anyway so I'm learning it. There's a whole nother  row on the top where we only have 2 rows of numbers and figures. This provides for the extra letters and accents that Spanish has but the normal ones are displaced so I have to hunt and peck my way along. Goddam the idiot who put the caps lock next to the caps shift it really blows the whole keyboard. I only use the caps lock like maybe twice a year but I hit the dam thing several times a day. As I'm the type who has to look at the keyboard when I type. this sometimes means redoing line after line.
    Went to a dropdead killer 5 star restaurant. "Confieso Que He Comido'---  "Confession that I have eaten." This is a riff off ofNeruda's "Confieso que he vivido"--Confession that I have lived"  Food to DIE for. The chef comes out, you tell him what you want and then say surprise me!  And he does! Reinata in the most divine sauce with an artistic presentation. It was $80 for two. I don't usually eat at this kind of reataurant but I could se it costing hundreds in the US.  Pus a KILLER View, over looking the center of Valpo
    My son, Dan is the kind of guy who makes friends easily and gets to know everyone. He, also a restarauteur, struck up a conversation with the owner and they became friends. DAn showed him how to use his computer terminals better. The powner is also a professor in a cooking school here and he's going to start sending his graduates to Dan for further training, sort ofan apprenticeship.
    Dan has friends all over and one of them runs tourguide companies here and in Santiago. It was his tour Katie and i took on Thursday. he told us some greart things to do loke taking the harbor cruise and then a view seing bus ride. City bus on precarious streets---whooo!!
    Back to Santiago today. I'm sorry to leave, its a great and exciting town

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:17:34 AM PDT

    •  I know you're getting sad with your (1+ / 0-)
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      visit there winding down.  It certainly was jam packed with great food, sightseeing and most important, great family time.  You can never put a price on the bonding you did with your granddaughters either.

      Have even more fun today!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:45:29 AM PDT

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  •  Interesting diary, eeff (5+ / 0-)

    I have a Susan B. Anthony $1 coin minted in 1979 and that is the extent of my coin "collection".

    And now Susan B. Anthony has been take over by right-wing women who respect none of her work. Apparently because she was a Republican ... you know just like Lincoln was a Republican. Neither of whom would be respected in today's Republican party. But it looks good on a logo.

    It is 55  degrees and foggy here. It is supposed to get to 65 with showers.

    Back to my stack! Which is a sign of creativity!!

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:17:57 AM PDT

  •  Morning MOTlies. (3+ / 0-)
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    Yet another dissertation chapter due Mon. How does time fly!

    My granddad gave me a Kennedy half dollar he'd saved the year they were released. I was six years or so (c. 1976); I remember him talking about voting for JFK and how proud he'd been that an Irish Catholic had been elected President. My mom's side: Boston Irish/Italian.

    Have that coin to this day...

    Warm weather in So.Nevada, and unusually so:

    Season cycle goin' round/ to repave summer, they're closing winter down.

    XTC - Season Cycle

    "Space Available" is the largest retail chain in the nation.

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:21:03 AM PDT

    •  Morning, Jazz :D (2+ / 0-)

      Very very nice selection this morning.

      pushing the pedals on the season's cycle
      It's great you kept that coin from your grandfather.  I'm sure you can really appreciate how important it was for him now that you're older.  

      Have a grand day, my friend.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:48:22 AM PDT

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  •  got a Kennedy half in the Mexico City airport (3+ / 0-)
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    last month from the security guard before getting on the bus north. Traded him the Hong Kong 5 dollar coin he saw in my tray. He had received the Kennedy as a tip the night before. The trade took place in a seconds time as there were people in line behind me.
    1983 in good shape with an indentation above and between the 9 and the 8.
    I think I got the better deal even though I don't collect coins.

    "HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE" , bumpersticker on a burning Subaru

    by tRueffert on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:38:55 AM PDT

    •  I think you got the best of the trade too. (2+ / 0-)
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      How cool that you two could manage that.  Thanks for sharing the story with us this morning.

      Have a great day ;D

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:49:45 AM PDT

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  •  Overslept as usual. (2+ / 0-)
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    It's gotta be the pollen.  Everything has a fresh coat of greenish-yellow.  Even the rain can't get rid of all of it.

    •  I overslept too. (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe I am finally adjusted to daylight savings time. I hope so ... it was making it difficult to function.

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:34:44 PM PDT

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