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What is the value of a 1968 Kennedy half dollar?


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March 16, 2018 6:05PM

From 1965 to 1969 US half dollars were struck in "debased" silver. The outer layer is 80% silver bonded to a core that's mostly copper, for an overall content of about 40%.

Unless the coin is in uncirculated condition or is from a so-called Special Mint Set, it's basically worth its metal content, Kennedy halves dated 1965 through 1970 are 40% silver and as of March 2018 are worth about $2.50.

If you have a proof version (1968-S) in its Mint package it's worth about $7.50 as of 04/2011.

1970 halves were also made of 40% silver but were only sold in special collectors' sets.

All circulation-strike halves dated 1971 and later don't contain any silver at all. They're made of copper-nickel like dimes and quarters. Any that you find in change are only worth 50 cents, regardless of many myths and urban legends to the contrary.