The standard 1776-1976 Kennedy half dollars are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. Silver clad half dollars and silver clad proof half dollars were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1776-1976 Half Dollar

1776-1976 Half Dollar Reverse

This coin has a special design on the reverse side of the coin to celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States. The reverse side of the coin features an image of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The obverse side of the coin features the same design as other Kennedy half dollars.

The US minted the 1776-1976 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1776-1976 D half dollar, 1776-1976 S proof half dollar, 1776-1976 S silver half dollar, and 1776-1976 S silver proof half dollar.

Note: The mint mark, when present, can be found on the obverse side of the coin above the date.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1776-1976 Philadelphia 234,308,000
1776-1976 D Denver 287,565,248
1776-1976 S Proof San Francisco 7,059,099
1776-1976 S Silver San Francisco 11,000,000
1776-1976 S Silver Proof San Francisco 4,000,000

Clad Half Dollars

The standard 1776-1976 clad half dollars in circulated condition are only worth their face value of $0.50. These coins only sell for a premium in uncirculated condition.

Both the 1776-1976 half dollar with no mint mark and the 1776-1976 D half dollar are each worth around $3 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade.

The 1776-1976 S proof half dollar is worth around $4 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Clad Half Dollars

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $3.73 as of October 21, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $25.19 per ounce.

The 1776-1976 S silver half dollar is worth around $8 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63.

The 1776-1976 S silver proof half dollar is worth around $12 in PR 65 condition.

Grading System

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1776-1976 Quarter