We offer several examples of circulated silver half-dollar coins, including Walking Liberty, Kennedy and Franklin 50 cent pieces. Ask your Account Executive for more details about size and metal content on your specific interests.
KENNEDY SILVER HALF DOLLAR
First minted in 1964 by the U.S. Mint and designed by Gilroy Roberts, the Kennedy Silver Half Dollar coin is intended as a memorial to assassinated President John F. Kennedy and was authorized by Congress a month after his death. The original 1964 version was minted 90% silver, the 1965-70 versions were only 40% silver and the coins from 1971 contain no silver.
WALKING LIBERTY SILVER HALF DOLLAR
The exquisite Walking Liberty 50 cent piece is one of the most beautifully designed coins in U.S. history. Designed originally by noted sculptor Adolph A. Weinman in 1916, the model for the coin was Elsie Stevens, who also was the inspiration for the Mercury dime. Its predecessor was the Barber coinage: dimes, quarters and half dollars that had been designed by Charles E. Barber but deemed to be ready for replacement. A famous competition to design the coin was conducted by the Commission on Fine Arts, the brainchild of Mint Director Robert W. Woolley. Weinman was the winner, and the rest is history.
FRANKLIN SILVER HALF DOLLAR
The Ben Franklin silver half-dollar pays homage to one of the great geniuses of the 18th century: Ben Franklin. The coin was struck from 1948 through 1963 and was stopped after the assassination of JFK, so the coin is relatively rare.