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(1964-Present) John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: The John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar was first minted in 1964, one year after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The obverse of the coin depicts a bust of President Kennedy. The reverse of the coin depicts the Presidential Coat of Arms. Beloved by most Americans, President Kennedy left a legacy matched by few other men in this world. The circumstances of his death still haunt the public psyche.  With television becoming more popular, it was possible for many Americans to watch the tragedy unfold.  Every channel had a news correspondent with more information.  Respected reporters such as Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather told the unpleasant story of how the beloved President lost his life.  It was Dan Rather who was first to report that President Kennedy was in fact dead.  It seems at times hard to forget bygones of a time past, such as President Kennedy, who affected so many around the U.S. and the world.  The Kennedy Half-Dollar immortalizes a reminder of  this respected man.

Coin Value: What is the value of your John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar coin? As with most things, it all depends.  The John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) whether it is a silver version, (4) the mint (P for Philadelphia, S for San Francisco, and D for Denver), and (5) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect).  This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar Coin Mint Years: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

1999 Kennedy Half-Dollar - Obverse

1999 Kennedy Half-Dollar - Reverse

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John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar - Obverse

John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar - Reverse

Obverse - John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar Coin

Engraver: Gilroy Roberts

Reverse - John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar Coin

Engraver: Frank Gasparro

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      Public Law 110-451
      110th Congress

                                       An Act
       
      To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration
         of the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of
                   1964. <<NOTE: Dec. 2, 2008 - [H.R. 2040]>>

         Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
      United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Civil Rights Act
      of 1964 Commemorative Coin Act.>>
      SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5112 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

         This Act may be cited as the ``Civil Rights Act of 1964
      Commemorative Coin Act''.
      SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

         The Congress hereby finds as follows:
                 (1) On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks' brave act of defiance,
             refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated
             bus in Montgomery, Alabama, galvanized the modern civil rights
             movement and led to the desegregation of the South.
                 (2) On February 1, 1960, 4 college students, Joseph McNeil,
             Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Ezell Blair, Jr., asked to
             be served at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, and
             lunch counter sit-ins began to occur throughout the South to
             challenge segregation in places of public accommodation.
                 (3) On May 4, 1961, the Freedom Rides into the South began
             to test new court orders barring segregation in interstate
             transportation, and riders were jailed and beaten by mobs in
             several places, including Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama.
                 (4) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the leading civil
             rights advocate of the time, spearheading the civil rights
             movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s with
             the goal of nonviolent social change and full civil rights for
             African Americans.
                 (5) On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led
             over 250,000 civil rights supporters in the March on Washington
             and delivered his famous ``I Have A Dream'' speech to raise
             awareness and support for civil rights legislation.
                 (6) Mrs. Coretta Scott King, a leading participant in the
             American civil rights movement, was side-by-side with her
             husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during many civil rights
             marches, organized Freedom Concerts to draw attention to the
             Movement, and worked in her own right to create an America in
             which all people have equal rights.
                 (7) The mass movement sparked by Rosa Parks and led by Dr.
             Martin Luther King, Jr., among others, called upon the Congress
             and Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon

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             B. Johnson to pass civil rights legislation which culminated in
             the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
                 (8) The Civil Rights Act of 1964 greatly expanded civil
             rights protections, outlawing racial discrimination and
             segregation in public places and places of public accommodation,
             in federally funded programs, and employment and encouraging
             desegregation in public schools, and has served as a model for
             subsequent anti-discrimination laws.
                 (9) We are an eminently better Nation because of Rosa Parks,
             Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and all those men and women who
             have confronted, and continue to confront, injustice and
             inequality wherever they see it.
                 (10) Equality in education was one of the cornerstones of
             the civil rights movement.
                 (11) On September 10, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
             wrote that African American ``students are coming to understand
             that education and learning have become tools for shaping the
             future and not devices of privilege for an exclusive few''.
                 (12) Over its long and distinguished history, the United
             Negro College Fund has provided scholarships and operating funds
             to its member colleges that have enabled more than 300,000 young
             African Americans to earn college degrees and become successful
             members of society.
                 (13) Those graduates include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as
             well as leaders in the fields of education, science, medicine,
             law, entertainment, literature, the military, and politics who
             have made major contributions to the civil rights movement and
             the creation of a more equitable society.
                 (14) Congress has an obligation to lead America's continued
             struggle to fight discrimination and ensure equal rights for
             all.
                 (15) The year 2014 will mark the semicentennial of the
             passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
      SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.

         (a) Denominations.--The Secretary of the Treasury (hereinafter in
      this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall mint and issue not more
      than 350,000 $1 coins each of which shall--
                 (1) weigh 26.73 grams;
                 (2) have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and
                 (3) contain 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

         (b) Legal Tender.--The coins minted under this Act shall be legal
      tender, as provided in section 5103 of title 31, United States Code.
         (c) Numismatic Items.--For purposes of section 5136 of title 31,
      United States Code, all coins minted under this Act shall be considered
      to be numismatic items.
      SEC. 4. DESIGN OF COINS.

         (a) Design Requirements.--The design of the coins minted under this
      Act shall be emblematic of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
      and its contribution to civil rights in America.
         (b) Designation and Inscriptions.--On each coin minted under this
      Act there shall be--
                 (1) a designation of the value of the coin;
                 (2) an inscription of the year ``2014''; and

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                 (3) inscriptions of the words ``Liberty'', ``In God We
             Trust'', ``United States of America'', and ``E Pluribus Unum''.

         (c) Selection.--The design for the coins minted under this Act shall
      be--
                 (1) selected by the Secretary after consultation with the
             Commission of Fine Arts; and
                 (2) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
             established under section 5135 of title 31, United States Code.
      SEC. 5. ISSUANCE OF COINS.

         (a) Quality of Coins.--Coins minted under this Act shall be issued
      in uncirculated and proof qualities.
         (b) Commencement of Issuance.--The Secretary may issue coins minted
      under this Act beginning January 1, 2014, except that the Secretary may
      initiate sales of such coins, without issuance, before such date.
         (c) Termination of Minting Authority.--No coins shall be minted
      under this Act after December 31, 2014.
      SEC. 6. SALE OF COINS.

         (a) Sale Price.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
      coins issued under this Act shall be sold by the Secretary at a price
      equal to the sum of the face value of the coins, the surcharge required
      under section 7(a) for the coins, and the cost of designing and issuing
      such coins (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead
      expenses, and marketing).
         (b) Bulk Sales.--The Secretary shall make bulk sales of the coins
      issued under this Act at a reasonable discount.
         (c) Prepaid Orders at a Discount.--
                 (1) In general.--The Secretary shall accept prepaid orders
             for the coins minted under this Act before the issuance of such
             coins.
                 (2) Discount.--Sale prices with respect to prepaid orders
             under paragraph (1) shall be at a reasonable discount.
      SEC. 7. SURCHARGES.

         (a) Surcharge Required.--All sales shall include a surcharge of $10
      per coin.
         (b) Distribution.--Subject to section 5134(f) of title 31, United
      States Code, all surcharges which are received by the Secretary from the
      sale of coins issued under this Act shall be promptly paid by the
      Secretary to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to carry out the
      purposes of the Fund, including providing scholarships and internships
      for minority students and operating funds and technology enhancement
      services for 39 member historically black colleges and universities.
         (c) Audits.--The United Negro College Fund shall be subject to the
      audit requirements of section 5134(f)(2) of title 31, United States
      Code, with regard to the amounts received by the Fund under subsection
      (b).
         (d) Limitation.--Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be
      included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin during
      a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the issuance of
      such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs
      issued during such year to exceed the annual 2 commemorative coin
      program issuance limitation under section 5112(m)(1) of title 31, United
      States Code (as in effect on the

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      date of the enactment of this Act). The Secretary of the Treasury may
      issue guidance to carry out this subsection.

         Approved December 2, 2008.

      LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2040:
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      CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 154 (2008):
                 Apr. 1, considered and passed House.
                 Nov. 19, considered and passed Senate.
       

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