1968 D Kennedy Half Dollar

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1968 D Kennedy Half Dollar in average condition to be worth $1, while one in mint state could be valued around $16.00. - Last updated: October, 12 2022

1968 D Kennedy Half Dollar
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  • Year: 1968
  • Mint Mark: D
  • Type: Kennedy
  • Price: $1-$16.00+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 246,951,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 40%
  • Silver Weight: .1479 oz.
  • Melt Value: $3.5

Notes: 1968 was the first year since 1964 that the Kennedy Half Dollars were minted at 2 different mints. This one was minted in Denver. The others minted in 1968 are at San Francisco and they are proofs.

Key Points 1968 50C(Key Notes on 1968 Half)

1968 was the first year that official proofs and not special mint sets were issued. They were only issued at the San Francisco mint, and were finely polished to a mirror like surface. Philadelphia would cease to produce JFK halves, and the standard production of these coins would be moved to the Denver mint instead.

These coins are 40% silver for both regular and proof issues. They have a total silver weight of .1479 oz. Many gold plated proof specimens were created by third party companies, the mint did not create gold plated 50c halves.

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Double Die Half Dollar Error(Double Die Half Dollar Error)


David Young: Which is worth more the D or the S November,2022

Admin: On the high end the S (San Francisco) minted 1968 Half is worth significantly more. In basic circulated conditions they are both worth relatively the same. November,2022

Duanelenzyahoo.com : I have 1 1967 Kennedy half dollar and several 1968 D Kennedy half dollars that have a different color luster to them. These coins are much more attractive and seem to have a satin appearance to them. Is there an explanation for this? May,2023

Clyde : Have 1968 Kennedy half dollar enclosed in clear plastic 34 inch thick. Does have D mint mark and other marks under neck.How do I fing out what is worth? Thanks Clyde Miller May,2023

Admin: Hello Duanelenzyahoo.com thanks for posting a question. Off the top of our head there are proofs, regular issues for these years. Later on between 2005 and 2010 they did a satin finish which is sort of a step down from proofs. If they are a bit more polished and shiny in general they may be proofs for 1968 the proofs were issued only at the S mint. May,2023

Admin: Evening Clyde. Is this coin graded? Is there something that says MS and then a number? If so were are going to add a pricing guide below this evening that shows the price relative to grade. If it hasnt been graded try and either grade it yourself or take it to a coin shop they will grade it for free probably. May,2023

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How much is a 1968 D 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 $1, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $16 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 1968, 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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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 1995 S $82
Kennedy Half Dollar 1966 $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 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 1964 D $55
Kennedy Half Dollar 1967 $50
Kennedy Half Dollar 1999 S $48
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 $46
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $45
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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Hardest to Find

The rarest and hardest to find Kennedy Half Dollar's Check out each link to learn more about each coin.

What is the rarest Kennedy Half Dollar?

Name Produced
1995 S 679,000
2009 S 697,000
1997 S 741,000
1993 S 761,000
1996 S 775,000
1994 S 785,000
1999 S 804,000
2007 S 875,000
1998 S 878,000
2001 S 889,000
2002 S 892,000
2000 S 965,000
2006 S 1,000,000
2005 S 1,060,000
2004 S 1,100,000
2003 S 1,125,000
1992 S 1,317,000
2008 S 1,405,000
2008 S 1,405,000
2009 S 1,482,000
Name Produced

Are 1968 D Kennedy Half Dollars Silver?

Yes! Kennedy Half Dollar's produced in 1968 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 worth $2.5 less than the intrinsic value from silver content of $3.5, this coin is thus more valuable to a silver bug than to a coin collector. You will most likely find however that it is hard to get a coin for less than spot price. At least that has been our experience. Want more info? Then read Coin Collecting Investment an article that details the benifits of coin collecting as a way to build wealth..

Current silver melt value* for a 2009 S Kennedy is $3.5 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $23.65 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.

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