1966 Kennedy Half Dollar

Date: 1966
Mint marks: none
Mintage: 108,984,932
Composition: 40% silver, 60% copper
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Weight: 11.50 grams

The 1966 Kennedy Half Dollar was issued for circulation and in special mint sets for collectors.  The coins were produced without mint marks in an attempt to prevent hoarding. The overall mintage was 108,984,932. The special mint set coins are sometimes encountered with cameo or deep cameo contrast. These examples command a premium.

The Kennedy Half Dollar was introduced in 1964 to memorialize President John F. Kennedy following his assassination. The obverse portrait was designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts. The reverse, which contains an image of the Presidential Seal, was designed by Assistant Engraver Frank Gasparro. For the first year of issue, the series was struck in 90% silver, but the silver content was reduced and later removed for regular issues of the coin. Although Kennedy Half Dollars are no longer issued for circulation, the coins continue to be issued annually for collectors.

Individual issues: 1966 Kennedy Half Dollar, 1966 SMS Kennedy Half Dollar