Coin Collecting at the Safir House
The coin was originally released with 90% silver in 1964. From 1965 through to 1970 was created with 40% silver. From 1971 until the present the coin has been minted as a copper-nickel clad with the exception of silver proofs which were available from the mint from 1992 on.
The reverse of the coin is the unimaginative Presidential Seal, with Herodic Eagle design, not nearly as nice as the Barber Half. During the Bicentennial the reverse was changed to Independence Hall. It was then changed back in 1977. There was also a 1976 40% Silver Bicentennial both as mint state and proof.
The coin never circulated much. Half Dollars are todays forgotten coinage. You almost never see them in circulation. Banks often don't carry them. I have, however, been able to pull a few from circulation.
Decent 1971 Clad
1995 Scare Face
1972 No Mint Mark (Phil.)
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