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Are Kennedy half-dollars and Eisenhower dollar coins worth more than face value?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9701points) October 19th, 2015

The Kennedy half-dollars were issued in the years 1967–1977 or thereabouts. I remember that Eisenhower dollar coins were issued at one point but quickly disappeared from circulation. Then there were also golden-colored dollar coins that were just slight larger than quarters. These have also apparently disappeared from general circulation.

Are any of these worth collecting?

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Anna737's avatar

It totally depends on the year they were minted, their metal composition, and lastly their quality.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Quality is the key. If it’s been in a plastic protective case and untouched, yes, likely worth more.

Sitting in a drawer with other coins marring it, not worth much.

_Seek_'s avatar

I’m seeing uncirculated ‘60s Kennedy halfs listed for anywhere from $5—$8 apiece, and graded coins in protective cases (ms65–67, no 70s yet) up to $15, unless they are special minting (error coins, the time they put a lot of effort into Kennedy’s hair, stuff like that)

Take a look

They are still minting the Kennedy half dollar, it’s just mainly going to collectors.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Oh yes they are, they are high silver content pre-1971. Modern ones are also in limited supply which increases their value to collectors somewhat.

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks for your replies.
Other than Ebay, what are the marketplaces where these coins are bought and sold? I imagine some are online and there are also coin shows, no?
How do you know which ones are legit?

_Seek_'s avatar

What do you mean by “legit”?

There are four major companies that certify collectible coins for numismatic quality. They are PCGS, NGC, ICG, and ANACS. (ANACS is the least respected of the four – they tend to rate higher than the others). When a coin is graded by these companies, they seal the coin into a tamper-evident plastic case.

It doesn’t really matter where they are sold… there are local collectors’ shops and flea market booths and online numismatist forums where people trade person-to-person. There are also coin shows, yes. eBay is the largest rare coin marketplace worldwide, and eBay does not accept graded coins that are graded by any other than the four above-mentioned companies. It’s convenient and available.

I used to work for a company that was basically a coin-collecting Ponzi scheme…

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks, @Seek . By “legit”, I mean sites, both online and not, where you don’t have to be on the constant lookout for counterfeit.

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keobooks's avatar

The ones from before 1971 have silver in them, so they are worth a lot more than their counterparts in n value. I think the bicentennial ones are good too. After that, they are almost all worth slightly more than their coin value because not many at minted. In fact, they are almost entirely minted solely for collecting purposes.

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