All 1974 S Kennedy Half Dollars were minted as Proofs. The San Francisco mint was the only mint to issue the proofs this year.
The year 1974 saw the United States mint in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Denver create Kennedy Half Dollars. Those issued at the Denver and Philadelphia mint appear to be selling for between $1.50 and $3.00, while the San Francisco specimens tend to sell for $3 to $9 for the proof. Silver Proof 1974 Half Dollars were minted but these only came from the mint as a special order.
In terms of errors 1974 really doesn't have any standouts to be aware of. All the normal errors are there however. The DDO's and DDR's (Double Die Obverse and Reverse), as well as clipped planchet errors. It seems however all the planchet errors that were originally seen with the changeover from silver to copper / nickel planchets in 1971 have resolved themselves.
1974 Half Dollar Error Guide
How much is a 1974 S Kennedy Half Dollar Proof worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 50 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $8 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1974, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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Overall Specs & Design
This coin has a total mass of 11.34 g, a diameter of 30.6 mm, and a thickness of 2.15 mm. It's edge is Reeded, and the coins are composed of 1971 - Present 75% copper, 25% nickel, 1965-1970 40% silver 60% copper, 1964 - 90% Silver 10% copper.
Designer: Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro
Front (Obverse): The front or coin obverse contains the profile of John F. Kennedy gazing to the left. The words In GOD We Trust and Liberty are engraved. Mint marks are located to the bottom center of the bust. The date is present as well.
Back (Reverse): Contains a bald eagle grasping 13 arrow in its right claw, and am olive branch also containing 13 olives. A shield protects the eagles chest. 13 stars radiate along lines stemming from the eagles wings. These represent the original 13 colonies. The words United States of America and Half Dollar are present and engraved on the reverse as well.
P, D, S, W mint marks are present on coins. The initials FG stand for Frank Gasparro the designer of the coins reverse.
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