approximately $8 each
Kennedy half dollars started in 1964, 1963 was the last year for Franklin halves, so a Proof 1963 Kennedy can't exist.
All non-proof Kennedy halves made after 1970 are simply worth $.50 in most cases. From 1965-1970 Kennedy halves had 40% of silver in them which is worth at the time of writing $4.04, Kennedy halves dated 1964 are 90% silver and worth $9.80 at the time of writing.
Proof sets are coins which have been struck on special polished blanks with special polished dies. They are not intended for general circulation and are made for collectors. The details on the coins are much more defined and the luster of the coins gives them a mirror like surface. Recent proofs have a "frosted" appearance on certain elements of the design.
A "Proof" or "Proof - Fleur Du Coin" coin is one that is struck on specially prepared and highly polished dies. After the coin is struck, it is hand polished to give a mirror like finish. Most modern "Proof" coins have the highlights frosted to give a good contrast. "Proof" coins are made from the same metal as general circulation coins, but are often also made from silver or gold. "Proof" coins are worth a good deal more than their face value and are intended as a souvenir or investment.
Polished planchets are intended for Proof coins
There are no extraordinarily scarce circulation-quality Kennedy halves. Too many have been made too recently, and there are no known errors or significant varieties. The highest value JFK halves are silver matte proof issues from the 1990s (called SMS, not to be confused with Special Mint Set halves from 1965-67) that retail in the $150 range.
A proof coin is a coin that is struck on specially prepared blanks by specially prepared and polished dies and is usually struck at least twice to make sure the coin strikes up fully. When looking at a proof coin, there usually are mirror-like fields (parts of the coin that are left blank) and on most modern proofs the design looks "frosted" (although, some earlier proofs do not have this "frosted", cameo look to them). The best way to be able to distinguish between proof, uncirculated and polished (keep in mind that polished coins are NOT desirable to collectors and is considered to be damaged!) is to go to your local coin and bullion shop and compare them. It is quite hard to describe in words how the 3 coins look different, but after studying the 3, they all look quite different.
The First Commemorative Mint is a known supplier of altered coins of this type. The coin is a genuine Kennedy Half Dollar that was struck by the U.S. Mint. A technological enhancement gives the background a distinctive frosted appearance and the high relief images have a mirrored Proof-like appearance.
All circulation halves 1971 and later are cupronickel rather than silver and are worth face value if you found it in circulation. Urban legends notwithstanding, NO silver Kennedy halves were made for circulation after 1970. If you have an uncirculated one, its value could be anywhere from 75¢ to as much as $18 depending on quality. A 1995 proof halves are surprisingly expensive. Clad ones sell for $15 to $18, while a silver proof is in the range $47 to $60.
A "Proof" or "Proof - Fleur Du Coin" coin is one that is struck on specially prepared and highly polished dies. After the coin is struck, it is hand polished to give a mirror like finish. Most modern "Proof" coins have the highlights frosted to give a good contrast. "Proof" coins are made from the same metal as general circulation coins, but are often also made from silver or gold. "Proof" coins are worth a good deal more than their face value and are intended as a souvenir or investment. Most mints produce a variety of "Proof" coins in various denominations each year, mostly in "Proof" coin sets.
The San Francisco Mint struck 3 different bicentennial Kennedy halves. A copper-nickel proof, 40% silver proof and a 40% silver uncirculated coin. The C/N proof is $1.05, both 40% coins have the same value of $6.00.
A proof coin is struck using specially polished dies and usually on a specially prepared blank and often struck twice (or more) to make sure that all designs are fully struck up. On a good proof strike, the fields of the coin (the parts of the coin with no design) will be mirror like while the design of the coin will have a "frosted" appearance.
A frosted proof coins were issued by the US Mint prior to 1936. In appearance they have a mirrorlike field [[the field of a coin is the flat areas not covered by the design]]with the design of the coin appearing to be frosted or dull in comparison to the field. This type of proof was again used on proof coins in the late 1970s and are refered to as "cameo" proofs. A mirror proof [[also called a Brilliant Proof]] has a mirrorlike surface over the entire coin. This type of proof was issued by the Mint from 1936 until sometime in the late 1970s.
A "Proof" coin is one that is struck on specially prepared and polished dies. A "piedfort" coin is one that is struck on a planchet (or blank) of double thickness. "FDC" means "Fleur du Coin" and usually refers to a "Proof" coin that has been polished giving it a mirror finish. A coin described as "Proof piedfort in silver FDC" is a silver coin of double the usual thickness, struck on polished dies and the coin further polished, usually by hand. A "Matte" (or frosted) coin is one that has the highlights very finely granulated. This is often done to "Proof" coins so that there is a vivid contrast between mirror finish of the flat surfaces and the raised parts of the design. This is why such coins are usually much more valuable than their untreated counterparts. They are made almost exclusively for the collector market.
1964 proof Kennedy halves are 90% silver, 68, 69, 70 proofs are 40%. The 3-piece Bicentennial silver proof & silver mint sets are 40% and 1992 to date silver sets are 90%.
Unless it's a proof or uncirculated coin, it has no added value. All circulation halves made since 1971 are copper-nickel, not silver.
A proof coin is not mass produced. It is individually pressed using polished dies.
The U.S. Bicentennial was in 1976 NOT 2000, no Kennedy halves were struck in 40% silver in 2000, 90% silver proof coins were struck in 2000. Post new question.
You may have a "Proof" coin or some other coin that has been specially treated during minting. Proof coins are minted on specially prepared and highly polished dies so that you get the "very shiny" effect. One other effect common on Australian Proof coins is that the raised images are often "Frosted", which gives a more striking visual effect. If the coin is still in its original condition and packaging, it will be worth about $10 AUD.
Some leather is waterproof if heavily polished.
Proof refers to its finish not it's grade. A proof can be scratched if not properly taken care of but it will always be a proof. Proof blanks are specially treated, hand polished, and cleaned to ensure high quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into the presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice. The coins are the specially packaged to showcase and preserve their exceptional finish.
Yes, proof versions of the Kennedy half dollar were made. These will have the S mintmark.
All circulation halves 1971 and later are cupronickel rather than silver and are worth face value if you found it in circulation. Urban legends notwithstanding, NO silver Kennedy halves were made for circulation after 1970. Since 1992 some halves have again been made in 90% silver for inclusion in specially-minted proof sets. All these coins have "S" mint marks and were only sold to collectors, not released for use in circulation.
The following dates and/or varieties were never put into circulation: 1970 halves were only issued in proof and mint sets. Those coins were the last 40% silver halves and weren't put into circulation because they would have been melted for their metal value. Special 40%-silver versions were struck for the Bicentennial Clad halves dated 1987 and 2002-present were only in mint and proof sets due to an oversupply of earlier dates.
There is no proof that there was not a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. In fact, there is evidence, though some will deny it, that he was not shot by Oswald.