1973 Kennedy Half Dollar Value Guide

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The 1973 Kennedy half dollar is made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The coin is clad with nickel, and its core is pure copper. 

Kennedy half dollar was initially made of 60% copper and 40% silver, produced from 1965 to 1970. Also,on the first year the Kennedy half dollar was struck,it was made of 90% silver and 10% copper.

The 1973 Kennedy 50-cent coin has 150 reeds on its rim. It has a weight of 11.30 grams and a diameter of 30.61 millimeters.

When it comes to the design, the 1973 half-dollar coin’s obverse features the image of the fallen leader, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. 

A portion of Kennedy’s hair partially covers the word LIBERTY. Below his image runs the US motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” at the bottom of the coin, you’ll find the year of minting, 1973.

It has the heraldic eagle with its wings outspread. The eagle is holding a banner in its beak that says, “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” Latin for “Out of many, one.”

On the left talon, the eagle holds an olive branch, which signifies peace; on the right talon, the eagle holds 13 arrows representing the first 13 colonies of the State.

In front of the eagle is the Union shield. Around the eagle are 50 stars representing all the country’s states. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.

The 1973 half dollar is part of the Kennedy half-dollar series that the US Mint first issued in 1964. After the tragic assassination Congress moved immediately to honor the assassinated leader.

The swift approval of the Kennedy half dollar was record-breaking for a US coin. Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro used their existing work to quickly produce the design of the new half dollar.

The Kennedy half dollar was made of silver when it was first released in 1964. A great number of the coins were hoarded. The new Kennedy half-dollar coin was so popular.

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