Notes: 1965 was the first year the Kennedy Half Dollar, or any Half Dollar for that matter, was minted in 40% and not 90% silver. This significantly reduces the overall intrinsic value of the metal in the coins. Look for the DDO (Double Die Reverse) as a common error this year.(Click to Enlarge Image)
In 1965 the United States mint would switch to a lower 40% silver content in their Half Dollars, and totally remove the silver in Quarters, and Dimes. These coins were mass produced from the Philadelphia mint, with some coins being produced in San Francisco but only to be released in Special Mint Sets. Special mint sets are listed and rated with a SP prefix and not an MS prefix.
How much is a 1965 Kennedy Half Dollar worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $4.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $65 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 1965, 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.
Are 1965 Kennedy Half Dollars Silver?
Yes! Kennedy Half Dollar's produced in 1965 are 40% silver to be precise, and contain .1479 troy oz or 4.600 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.
Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:
This coin in poor condition is still worth $0.58 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $3.42, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.
Current silver melt value* for a 2002 D Kennedy is $3.42 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $23.15 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.
***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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