The 1970 Kennedy Half dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1970 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Kennedy Half Dollar
Year: 1970
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 60% copper, 40% silver
Silver Weight: .1479 oz.
Total Weight: 11.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $2.46

The year 1970 was the final year of the 40% silver Kennedy half dollars. The US minted the 1970 D half dollar in Mint sets only and also the 1970 S half dollar as a proof coin. The mint mark can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1970 D Denver 2,150,000
1970 S Proof San Francisco 2,632,810

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $2.46 as of December 11, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.63 per ounce.

Most of the Kennedy half dollars for sale are in uncirculated condition. Collectors saved these coins upon release so most of them were never in circulation.

The 1970 D half dollar is worth around $20 in uncirculated condition with a grade of MS 63. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $45.

The 1970 S half dollar proof is worth around $15 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:

1969 Half Dollar
1968 Half Dollar