The 1977 Kennedy Half Dollar saw the resumption of the original reverse design, following the Bicentennial design of the prior year. Mintage levels for circulation strikes would experience a significant decline and set a new tone for the series going forward. The Philadelphia Mint struck 43,598,000 and the Denver Mint struck 31,449,106.
The San Francisco Mint continued to strike the coins in proof format for inclusion within annual collector sets offered by the United States mint. The total mintage was 3,251,152. These coins are frequently encountered in PCGS PR69DCAM or NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo. Coins in the highest grades of Proof 70 are much more scarce and command premiums from collectors.
1977 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage and Specifications
- Circulation Mintage: 43,598,000 (Philadelphia), 31,449,106 (Denver)
- Proof Mintage: 3,251,152
- Mint Marks: none (Philadelphia), D (Denver), S (San Francisco)
- Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel
- Weight: 11.34 grams
- Diameter: 30.61 mm