- Product ID: 3480
The 1981-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar Type II might have a premium that catches your attention. That's because its mintage is much lower than the Type I and it is considered to be a variety coin. The 1981-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar Type I has a very clear cut "S" on its obverse, wherein the Type II has an "S" that contains flatter ends and are almost snake-like. The 1981-S contains the striking proof finish, with a frosted image of Kennedy on the obverse, and will be packaged in a coin flip. 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 US Mint had wanted to feature President Kennedy on a coin but were unsure of the denomination. 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 Jackie O. requested that denomination. 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. The obverse reveals a side portrait of the late president, with the coin's date of mintage. The reverse signifies the US National Seal, a bald eagle covered by a shield and each talon holding arrows and olive branches. The coin's 50 cent denomination is also featured on the reverse.