1970 S Kennedy Half Dollar

Last updated: October, 31 2022

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1970 S Kennedy Half Dollar in average condition to be worth $1, while one in mint state could be valued around $80.00.


1970 S Kennedy Half Dollar
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  • Key: Semi-Key Date
  • Year: 1970
  • Mint Mark: S
  • Type: Kennedy
  • Price: $1-$80.00+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 2,632,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 40%
  • Silver Weight: .1479 oz.
  • Melt Value: $4.37





Notes: 1970 was the final year for the 40% Silver Kennedy Half Dollars. The S or San Francisco mint issued 2.6 million proofs this year, and for some odd reason they sometimes sell for less than the regular coins for this year. This is a key date for this coin series.

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How much is a 1970 S Kennedy Half Dollar worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $1, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $80 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 1970, 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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Are 1970 S Kennedy Half Dollars Silver?

Yes! Kennedy Half Dollar's produced in 1970 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 $3.37 less than the intrinsic value from silver content of $4.37, 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 1985 P Kennedy is $4.37 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $29.57 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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