There are 2 variations in the 1979 S Kennedy Half Dollars. The Flat S version is the rarest and worth more to collectors. The Flat S coins are worth around $20 to $25 while the Clear S coins are worth around $8 each. All of the 3.6 million Half Dollars issued here at the San Francisco mint were minted as proofs.
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.
This section is more for experienced collectors only, and rates refer only to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If you are new to collecting the prices below may not make much sense.
Breakdown of pricing per condition for 1979 S Half Dollar Proof as follows.
- Grade MS63 = $3-$5
- Grade MS64 = $5-$8
- Grade MS65 = $6-$10
- Grade PR65 = $11-$19
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How much is a 1979 S Half Dollar Proof 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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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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