Half Dollar Coins
Half dollar coins are among the first coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint. The first half dollar coins were struck in December of 1794 with a mintage of 5,300. This early fifty-cent piece, known as the Flowing Hair half dollar was also used on other early U.S. coins. Although half dollar coins were widely used well into the 20th century, they have since become popular with collectors, particularly half dollar coins produced before 1965 as those coins contained a composition of 90% silver.
We feature a wide selection of half dollar coins from various years and in varying conditions. These coins are popular for their collectability and value.
Flowing Hair Half Dollar Coin
The Flowing Hair Half Dollar was minted between 1794 to 1795. Designed by Robert Scot, this coin features an obverse side that shows a profile view with the head of Liberty with her telltale flowing hair. She is flanked by 15 stars that represent the number of states in the union at the time. The reverse side features an American Bald Eagle encircled by a wreath and the words, United States of America.
Draped Bust Half Dollar Coin
Produced between 1796 to 1807, the Draped Bust Half Dollar was designed by engraver Robert Scot. Some historians believe that Scot based his design of Liberty on Anne Willing Bingham, a Philadelphia socialite who was known to correspond with Thomas Jefferson. The obverse view shows Liberty in profile with flowing locks and a gown draped low over her chest. There are three different reverse sides. One features the naturalistic eagle that appeared on the earlier half dollar. Because of the low mintage, these are more highly prized than later years that feature the two differing heraldic eagles.
Capped Bust Half Dollar Coin
Capped Bust Half Dollar coins were minted between 1807 to 1839. Also known as the “Turban Head” Half Dollar, this coin depicts a bust of Lady Liberty in profile view on its obverse side. John Reich designed the engraving, which was then modified by mint engraver William Kneass. The reverse side of the coin depicts an heraldic American bald eagle with outspread wings.
Seated Liberty Half Dollar Coin
Seated Liberty Half Dollar Coins were produced by the U.S. Mint between 1839 to 1891. The obverse side of the coins show Lady Liberty seated and grasping a staff topped by a liberty cap. The reverse side shows an heraldic eagle clutching an olive branch and quiver of arrows. No motto appears on these coins until 1866 when the words ‘In God We Trust’ appeared above the head of the eagle. Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht created the image of Liberty based on a portrait by artist Thomas Sully.
Barber Half Dollar Coin
Barber Half Dollar Coins were minted between 1892 to 1915. Dissatisfaction with the Seated Liberty coins, which reflected English style, persuaded Charles E. Barber, chief mint engraver to create a bold design showing the head of Liberty. The motto ‘In God We Trust’ appears above her head while the year of issue appears beneath her. The reverse side shows an heraldic American bald eagle.
The U.S. Mint produced Walking Liberty Half Dollar Coins between 1916 to 1947. Prized by collectors for its beautiful design, these coins feature an obverse side showing a full-length view of Lady Liberty with long flowing hair and dress as she walks toward a rising sun. The design was completed by sculptor and engraver Adolphe A. Weinman.The reverse side shows an American bald eagle with spread wings atop a mountain perch.
Franklin Half Dollar
Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted between 1948 to 1963. The obverse side of these coins show a profile view of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. Mint engraver John R. Sinnock created the design but based it on the celebrated 18th century sculpture of Franklin by Jean Antoine-Houdon. Sinnock also designed most of the coin’s reverse side, which depicts the American Liberty Bell, but he died before it was completed. Engraver Gilroy Roberts completed the bell, which shows its famous crack. These coins were replaced after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when the mint chose to replace Franklin with a design to honor the fallen president.
Kennedy Half Dollar Coin
Created to pay homage to assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Half Dollar coin was first produced in 1964. The obverse side of the coin shows a profile view of the president designed by chief mint engraver Gilroy Roberts. Only the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar coin contains 90% silver, which makes it more highly prized than subsequent Kennedy coins. Kennedy coins minted between 1965 and 1970 contain 40% silver. Unless produced in special collectors sets, Kennedy Half Dollars minted after 1971 are made from copper and nickel.
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