The United States Mint no longer produces circulation currency using silver and gold, but that was not always the case. The most recent coins in US circulation featuring higher silver contents were the Kennedy Half Dollar coins available from 1965 to 1970. Right now, you can purchase 40% Silver Coins with a total face value of $1 (USD) online from APR 57.
- Arrives inside of small plastic bags!
- Issued between 1965 and 1970!
- Contains .1479 Troy oz of actual silver content.
- Bears individual face values of $.50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- On the obverse is a portrait of President John F. Kennedy.
- The reverse includes a modified image of the Presidential Seal.
Each order of 40% Silver Coins in this product listing includes a total of two US half-dollar coins. These coins feature the popular Kennedy Half Dollar design that has been in use since 1965. Your small plastic bag comes with a total of two Kennedy Half Dollar coins for a total of $1 (USD). The date marks possible on the coins run from 1965 to 1970.
We cannot guarantee the date marks you will find on your coins. The 1965-to-1970 range is the only possible option because this is the only period of time during which the United States Mint produced the Kennedy Half Dollar with 40% silver content included. Prior to 1965, the coins had 90% silver and from 1971 onward included the modern cupro-nickel alloy.
On the obverse side of 40% Silver Coins in this listing, you will find the left-profile portrait of President John F. Kennedy. The design was created in the early 1960s by US Mint engraver-artist Gilroy Roberts and includes inscriptions of Liberty and In God We Trust.
The reverse face of 40% Silver Coins features a modified image of the Presidential Seal. This includes the American bald eagle with the heraldic shield on its chest, olive branch in one talon, and arrows in the other. There is a ring of 50 stars around the Eagle with the inscriptions of United States of America and Half Dollar included.
40% silver coins were only in circulation in the United States for a brief period because of rising silver prices. After attempting to switch to 40% silver in 1965, the United States Mint permanently switched to the cupro-nickel alloy in 1971 to avoid having coins in circulation that had a face value well below the actual value of the silver content.
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