Kennedy Half Dollar 1971-S Proof

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    The 1971-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar contains the striking proof finish, with a frosted image of Kennedy on the obverse. Just about 3.2 million were minted in 1971, which is the first year of all clad coins instead of the 40% silver. The coin's date of mintage is also noted on the obverse, as well as the word, "Liberty," and the saying,"In God We Trust." The reverse depicts the US National Seal, which is of a Bald Eagle, with wings and talons outstretched, and a shield covering its torso. The eagle's talons are holding olive branches and arrows, each representing peace through battle. The coin's place of mintage and denomination of 50 cents are also inscribed on the reverse. The 1971-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar is protected by a coin flip while in transit.

    The US Mint produced a significantly less amount of Proof Kennedy Halves than the BU versions. The Proof Kennedy Half Dollars contain the sleek mirror-like finish, instead of the matte finish of a brilliant uncirculated coin. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, within hours, the US Mint had a plan to produce the next half dollar with his portrait on the obverse, since Jacqueline Kennedy requested that denomination for her late husband. Sculptors, Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, were approached since they had previously designed a coin of President Kennedy for a medal. This design was even approved by the late president so there were no hesitations when it came to completing the die for the half dollar. Robert's obverse design and Gasparro's reverse design worked together to make the Kennedy Half Dollar. Not only was the design popular, but the Mint couldn't make enough to stay in circulation the first year it was minted.

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    • Year: 1971
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