1979 D Half Dollar

Last updated: June, 10 2022

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1979 D Kennedy Half Dollar in average condition to be worth 50 cents, while one in mint state could be valued around $2.45.


1979 D Half Dollar
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  • Year: 1979
  • Mint Mark: D
  • Type: Kennedy
  • Price: 50 cents-$2.45+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 15,815,000
  • Edge: Reeded





Notes:

If looking for errors there are several 1979 Half Dollars being struck on Susan B. Anthony planchets. Error struck on Anthony Dollars will be slightly smaller than other half dollars and as a result a portion of the strike will be missing. Other errors include; Off Center Strikes, Broad Strikes, Strike Through, and Missing Clad Layers.


Look for the D mint mark on the bottom right on the front or obverse of this coin. About 15% of all the Kennedy Half Dollars minted in 1979 were minted at the Denver mint. Unfortunately all Half Dollars issued after 1970 and all Dimes, and Quarters minted after 1964 contain no silver content and are nothing more than a nickel jacket over a copper core. Half Dollars are still very popular with coin collectors today.



Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.


Breakdown of pricing per condition for by individual grade.

  • Grade MS63 = $2-$4
  • Grade MS64 = $4-$6
  • Grade MS65 = $5-$9


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How much is a 1979 D Half Dollar worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around 50 cents, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $2 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 1979, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].


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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.



Most Valuable

The most valuable Kennedy Half Dollar's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Kennedy Half Dollar 2014 W $3k
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 D $115
Kennedy Half Dollar 2014 W $105
Kennedy Half Dollar 1995 S $82
Kennedy Half Dollar 1966 $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 S $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 2019 S $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 1997 S $67
Kennedy Half Dollar 1965 $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1969 D $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 D $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1969 S $55
Kennedy Half Dollar 1967 $50
Kennedy Half Dollar 1999 S $48
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 $46
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $45
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 S $45
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 S $43
Kennedy Half Dollar 1996 S $41
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 S $40
Kennedy Half Dollar 1994 S $37
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 D $35
Kennedy Half Dollar 1993 S $32
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 D $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 P $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1973 S $27
Kennedy Half Dollar 1968 S $26
Kennedy Half Dollar 1979 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 1998 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 2001 S $24
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 D $23
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 D $20
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 P $20
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.

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