The standard 1998 Kennedy half dollars are made of a clad composition that contains copper and nickel. Clad proof half dollars and silver proof half dollars were also minted and they sell for more money. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1998 Half Dollar

The US minted several different half dollars this year including the standard 1998 P half dollars and 1998 D half dollars as well as proof half dollars and special edition proof silver half dollars.

Proof coins are essentially coins that have more detail. They are minted on special planchets and it takes longer to produce them. They are specifically made for collectors so you won't find any in your spare change.

The 1998 S silver proof half dollar with a matte finish is a special edition coin with a limited mintage. The matte finish gives this coin a frosted look. This coin was originally sold as part of a two-coin set that included a Robert F. Kennedy silver dollar. Some of the proceeds went to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Note: The mint mark can be found on the obverse side of each coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1998 P Philadelphia 15,646,000
1998 D Denver 15,064,000
1998 S Proof San Francisco 2,086,507
1998 S Silver Proof San Francisco 878,792
1998 S Silver Proof, Matte Finish San Francisco 62,000

Clad Half Dollars

The standard 1998 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 1998 P half dollar and 1998 D half dollar are each worth around $3 in uncirculated condition with an MS 63 grade.

The 1998 S proof half dollar is worth around $10 in PR 65 condition.

Silver Proof Half Dollars

This coin is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.59 as of September 30, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $23.74 per ounce.

The 1998 S silver proof half dollar is worth around $18 in PR 65 condition.

The 1998 S silver proof half dollar with the matte finish is worth around $125 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.

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

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1999 Half Dollar
1997 Half Dollar
1996 Half Dollar