Kennedy Silver Half Dollar

The Kennedy half dollar is a popular coin created in memory of John F. Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963. The coin is still being minted today. Read further to learn about this beautiful coin that memorializes our 35th President.

DESIGN

Front / Obverse

The profile of the late John F. Kennedy is depicted on the front of the Kennedy Half Dollar. The word “liberty” encircles the top of the coin and “In God We Trust” is on the bottom of this half dollar.
Designer: Gilroy Roberts

Rear / Reverse

On the reverse side of this coin memorializing Pres. Kennedy is the presidential seal.
Designer: Frank Gasparro

 

HISTORY

Within hours of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Director of the U.S. Mint, Eva Adams, spoke with Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts about a coin depicting and memorializing Kennedy. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the half dollar for the coin’s denomination.

Approximately one month after his assassination, the Kennedy half dollar was approved by Congress. These coins were extremely popular and hoarded in their release, which was obvious considering all 70,000 coins sold out in the first day.

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