1964 - 2017 JFK Half Dollars in Dansco Album


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1964 - 2017 JFK Half Dollars in Dansco Album

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A set of 100 coins dated from 1964 to 2017, P & D Mints.  The first Kennedy Half Dollar was minted in 1964 as a tribute to President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on November 22, 1963.  1964 was the only Kennedy Half Dollar minted for circulation in .900 silver. Due to the rising cost of silver, the composition was changed to .400 silver from 1965 to 1970.  This is the first and only .400 silver coin ever made for circulation. Starting in 1971, the Kennedy Half Dollar was struck for the first time in copper-nickel.   The 1976 coin was a one-time-only commemorative for the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence.                 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1976, the U.S. Mint issued a set of three one-time-only commemorative coins: Quarter, Half Dollar, and Dollar.  The Kennedy Bicentennial Half Dollar shows Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

1976 coins were the first circulating commemorative coins in U.S. history. The obverse of each coin is similar the standard coin, but with the dual bicentennial dates “1776-1976.”  The reverse of each coin was a special bicentennial design that can never be used again.

1965, 1966 and 1967 JFK Half Dollars were made available in Special Mint Sets and bear no Mint Mark.

In 1965, the U.S. faced a severe coin shortage, so the U.S. Mint did not make Mint Sets and Proof Sets for collectors, instead devoting press time at the mints to creating coins for circulation.  In early 1966, however, the U.S. Mint in San Francisco produced a Special Mint Set of 1965 coins for collectors.  The Special Mint Set included all five 1965-dated coins then made for circulation.  Even though the coins were made in San Francisco, they have no mint mark.  The coins were struck on unpolished coin blanks but with polished coin dies.  As a result, the quality was much higher than those made for circulation – but since they were struck just once and not twice, they were not of proof quality.              

1980 was the year when the Philadelphia Mint first introduced the "P" mint mark on the obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar.  2014 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the minting of the first Kennedy half-dollar in 1964.        

A coin representing Kennedy was conceived the very day of his assassination. Within hours of the assassination, Director of the Mint Eva Adams spoke with Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts about depicting Kennedy on a coin. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the half dollar for the coin's denomination. In order to produce the coin more quickly, the U.S. Mint had Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts and Assistant Engraver Frank Gasparro modify the designs they had created for the Kennedy inaugural medal. The coins were hoarded right from the beginning, as many people wanted a souvenir of the popular late president. When the coins were first made available to the public on March 24, 1964, the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., was sold out of its 70,000 coins by the end of the day, while banks in Philadelphia and Boston ran out by noon despite rationing the supply.                                              

The complete set comes to you in a Dansco Album.  Each page that comes within the album already has the plastic see-through inserts so once the coin is in place you can see both sides.  MSRP for the album is $35.95.