1972 Kennedy Half Dollar

The 1972 Kennedy Half Dollar (Buy on eBay) was the second year issued in the copper clad composition. Mintages remained relatively high with nearly 300 million coins produced across two mint facilities. As was the case for the previous year, the Denver Mint issue more frequently encountered in high grades, while the Philadelphia Mint issue can be difficult, especially in MS67.

1972 Kennedy Half Dollar
1972 Kennedy Half Dollar

Proof coins were minted in San Francisco and included in the U.S. Mint’s annual Proof Set. Collectors seek out examples of this coin which display deep cameo contrast on both the obverse and reverse. It is often possible to cherry pick 1972 Proof Sets to find choice Kennedy Half Dollars.

1972 Kennedy Half Dollar Specifications:

  • Denomination: $0.50
  • Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel
  • Weight: 11.34 grams
  • Diameter: 30.61 mm
  • Edge: reeded
  • Mint Mark: none (Philadelphia), “D” (Denver), “S” (San Francisco)

1972 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages:

  • 1972: 153,180,000
  • 1972-D: 141,890,000
  • 1972-S Proof: 3,260,996

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