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Half Dollars: A Brief History

When it comes to collecting U.S. coins, half dollars hold a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts. These coins are not only valuable but also carry a rich history. Let's take a closer look at the different types of U.S. half dollars:

Kennedy Half Dollars (1964 - present)

The Kennedy half dollar is one of the most popular and widely recognized U.S. coins. It was introduced in 1964 as a tribute to President John F. Kennedy following his tragic assassination. These coins are still minted today and can be found in circulation.

Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)

Before the Kennedy half dollar, the Franklin half dollar was in circulation. Named after Benjamin Franklin, these coins were minted from 1948 to 1963. They feature a portrait of Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)

The Walking Liberty half dollar is considered one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs. Minted from 1916 to 1947, it features a stunning depiction of Lady Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)

Designed by Charles E. Barber, the Barber half dollar was in circulation from 1892 to 1915. It portrays Liberty on the obverse wearing a Phrygian cap and an eagle on the reverse.

Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)

Seated Liberty half dollars were produced from 1839 to 1891 and are characterized by a seated figure of Liberty on the obverse and various designs on the reverse.

Capped Bust Half Dollars (1807-1839)

The Capped Bust half dollar features the head of Liberty wearing a cap on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. These coins were minted from 1807 to 1839.

Draped Bust Half Dollars (1796-1807)

Minted from 1796 to 1807, the Draped Bust half dollar showcases a portrait of Liberty draped in a flowing garment on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting out, exploring the different types of U.S. half dollars can be an exciting journey. At Profile Coins, we offer a wide selection of U.S. half dollars for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Browse our inventory to find the perfect addition to your collection.

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