1974 Kennedy Half Dollar

The 1974 Kennedy Half Dollar (Buy on eBay) would be the last issue of the series before a brief design change would take place. The United States Mint did not produce 1975-dated half dollars. In 1974, the Mint had already began production for the bicentennial design carrying a 1776-1796 dual-date.

1974 Kennedy Half Dollar
1974 Kennedy Half Dollar

For the present year, circulation production once again took place at the Philadelphia and Denver Minta facilities. For the Denver issue, there is a noteworthy variety—the 1974-D Double Die Obverse. The letters “RUS” in the inscription “TRUST” are prominently doubled.

1974-D Double Die Obverse Kennedy Half Dollar
1974-D Double Die Obverse Kennedy Half Dollar

Proof versions of the coin were struck at the San Francisco Mint for inclusion within the annual Proof Sets. Production matched the sales level for the sets at 2,612,568.

1974 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)

1974 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages:

  • 1974: 201,596,000
  • 1974-D: 79,066,300
  • 1974-S Proof: 2,612,568

1974-D Double Die Obverse included in mintage

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