This awesome little coin was one the staples of the United States Monetary supply up until around 2000, at which time the coins were largely decommissioned.
These coins are now basically for the collector, and new coins only come in sets or purchases directly from the United States Mint.
Within the last 100 years the us has issued 4 different half dollars (minus commemoratives, the bicentennial, and other small variations)
This coin has a reeded edge with exactly 150 reeds or ridges. These ridges were implemented in an attempt to prevent handlers from shaving down the half dollars for there silver content. You may have noticed that all coins that have or do contain silver are reeded. The nickel and penny have never been reeded. (the Wartime Nickels are silver however, but that's exception)
The Kennedy Half Dollar was created as a memorial to the President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963 and is still being minted to this day. (read more)
Ben Franklin Silver Half Dollar contains 90% silver and does a good job paying respect to one of the founders of our great country the United States of America. (read more)
The Walking Liberty Half Dollars are among our favorite coins. They were minted between 1916 and 1947 and are 90% Silver.
The front of the coin is graced by Lady Liberty herself as you can see from the image. (read more)
The front of this coin has the head of liberty crowned by a wreath. This coin looks very much like a Julius Caesar coin with the wreath in my opinion.
The back side or reverse side was engraved with the bald eagle grasping 13 arrows (representing the 13 original colonies) and an olive branch (representing peace).(read more)
The Liberty Seated Half Dollars were issued from 1839-1886 The front of these coins (also called the Obverse) has the Goddess or Lady Liberty seated. She holds what looks like a small flag in her left hand. This is actually a liberty pole. Her right hand is holding the top left corner of a shield containing the word Liberty.
If you are looking for the date on this coin it's just under her dress on the front bottom center. The mint mark can be found on the reverse above or below the bottom center of the wreath. (read more)
Capped Bust Half Dollar were issued from 1807-1839 and are part of the capped bust series of coins. Also issued were Capped bust nickels, dimes, and quarters. Pick a Capped Bust Half (read more)