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United States Half Dollar Coins

Half dollars are one of the longest running and most consistently minted coins in the United States, losing out to only the half dime for age, and only the penny for consistency. In recent years, demand for half dollars has fallen off significantly. This is mostly due to the historical popularity of the coin in casinos and other gambling arenas, which now operate largely without coins. The last circulation issue half dollar was minted in 2001 with more recent dates created for collector interest. Despite this, the coin is not discontinued. Large reserve supplies exist, and once these supplies run low, the half dollar will once again be struck for circulation.

Over its lifespan, the half dollar has had eight different designs. The flowing hair design was the shortest lived of these and was only issued in 1794 and 1795. In 2016, the currently-running Kennedy series tied the seated Liberty series for longest-running half dollar. The Kennedy half dollar replaced the short-lived Benjamin Franklin half dollar after just 15 years, largely due to the popularity of President Kennedy and the nation's reaction to his assassination.

The half dollar denomination's history includes one of the rarest and most interesting stories in American coinage: the 1838-O capped bust half dollar. The Philadelphia Mint created dies to ship to the newly established New Orleans Mint and created 10 sample coins to prove that the dies worked. By the time the dies reached New Orleans, however, they were on the verge of failing due to rust. The New Orleans Mint could only produce 10 half dollars before the dies completely failed. Eight of the Philadelphia samples have survived to the present day, but only one New Orleans-minted 1838-O half dollar exists today.


Quick Facts

  • While dimes and quarters lost all of their silver content in 1965, half dollars retained a 40 percent silver composition until 1970 when they moved to a copper-nickel sandwich-style composition
  • The current record for a half dollar sold at auction is held by a 1797 coin that sold for just over $1.5 million in 2015
  • The half dollar is one of the most popular coins in the world for stage magicians who perform sleight-of-hand tricks due to the specifics of its size and weight

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*Civil War Date* 1861-O w/ Drapery Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Dec 03, 7:00 PM EST
*Civil War Date* 1861-O w/ Drapery Seated Liberty Half Dollar
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$5611 Bids
1859-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar UNCIRCULATED
Dec 02, 5:00 PM CST
1859-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar UNCIRCULATED
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $100- $10,000
$509 Bids
90% Silver Franklin Halves Kennedy Halves
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
90% Silver Franklin Halves Kennedy Halves
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$609 Bids
Roll of 20 proof franklin silver half dollars
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Roll of 20 proof franklin silver half dollars
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$859 Bids
Four 1964 90% Silver Kennedy Halves Lot
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Four 1964 90% Silver Kennedy Halves Lot
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$448 Bids
$14.50 Face Value 90% Silver Half Dollars
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
$14.50 Face Value 90% Silver Half Dollars
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1508 Bids
Roll of 20 Proof 1964 Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Roll of 20 Proof 1964 Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$1508 Bids
 1963 Franklin Half Dollars
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
 1963 Franklin Half Dollars
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$317 Bids
1949S Franklin Half Dollar - Better Date
Dec 02, 6:00 PM CST
1949S Franklin Half Dollar - Better Date
by J & S Coins and Bullion
Est: $0- $0
$227 Bids
1950D & 1951S Franklin Half Dollar - AU
Dec 02, 6:00 PM CST
1950D & 1951S Franklin Half Dollar - AU
by J & S Coins and Bullion
Est: $0- $0
$367 Bids
Mixed Date Kennedy Halves Lot
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Mixed Date Kennedy Halves Lot
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$106 Bids
Nice looking 1858 O Liberty Seated Silver Half Dollar
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Nice looking 1858 O Liberty Seated Silver Half Dollar
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$236 Bids
1854 Half Dollar
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
1854 Half Dollar
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$406 Bids
Vintage U.S. Dollars, Half Dollars, Pennies
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage U.S. Dollars, Half Dollars, Pennies
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
1853 Half Dollar
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
1853 Half Dollar
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$225 Bids
(10) Original 1964 Proof Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
(10) Original 1964 Proof Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$704 Bids
(10) Original 1964 Proof Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
(10) Original 1964 Proof Kennedy Silver Half Dollars
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$704 Bids
1949-D US 50c. Franklin Silver Half Dollar
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
1949-D US 50c. Franklin Silver Half Dollar
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
The 1892–1893 Colombian Silver Half Dollar
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
The 1892–1893 Colombian Silver Half Dollar
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$214 Bids
50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Set
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Set
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$214 Bids
1954-D PCGS MS65 FRANKLIN SILVER HALF DOLLAR
Dec 02, 7:00 PM EST
1954-D PCGS MS65 FRANKLIN SILVER HALF DOLLAR
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$264 Bids
1964 Kennedy Half Dollars 
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
1964 Kennedy Half Dollars 
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$124 Bids
1952-S Franklin. Slabbed by SEGS as AU 50.
Dec 01, 5:00 PM EST
1952-S Franklin. Slabbed by SEGS as AU 50.
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$114 Bids
BAG OF 5 MIX OF DATES KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
Dec 02, 7:00 PM EST
BAG OF 5 MIX OF DATES KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
by Big Dog Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$73 Bids

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