Silver half dollars are popular, less expensive alternatives to US bullion coins like the American Silver Eagle. These 90% silver half dollars are particularly popular among preparedness minded investors due to their portability and recognition as legal U.S. tender.
Pre-1965 half dollars are often referred to as 90% silver or junk silver. Each half dollar contains 0.3575 ounces of silver. The face value of each individual coin is $0.50 USD, however, the value of the silver each coin contains makes them worth far more than 50 cents each.
Each $20 (USD) face value of junk silver half dollars contains 40 circulated coins of a variety of minting dates and coin conditions. Product will arrive in either rolls or tubes of 90% silver half dollars. Assortment may include the Walking Liberty Half Dollar, Franklin Half Dollar, and the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar.
Walking Liberty Half Dollar – The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was produced between 1916 and 1947. It was replaced by the Franklin Half Dollar. Both sides of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar were created in 1916 by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman.
Franklin Half Dollar – The Franklin Half Dollar was produced from 1948 to 1963. Both sides of the coin were originally designed by United States Mint Engraver John R. Sinnock and completed by Gilroy Roberts. World War II saw an increased demand for coins which prolonged the coin’s release. The coin finally debuted in 1948.
Kennedy Half Dollar – The Kennedy Half Dollar has been continuously issued by the United States Mint since 1964, however, only coins produced in 1964 contain 90% silver. The obverse features President Kennedy’s profile designed by Gilroy Roberts. The reverse is a modified version of the presidential seal.
The United States Mint stopped production of American currency with a 90% silver content after 1965. The increasing cost of producing 90% silver coins was one of the primary reasons for reducing the silver content of circulation coins.