Collecting the 1943 Half Dollar: Highest Mintage Of The Walking Liberty Half Dollars

The 1943 half dollar had the highest mintage of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series, with a total mintage of 77,986,000 coins minted at all 3 mints.



53,190,000 examples of the 1943 half dollar were struck at the Philadelphia mint, 11,346,000 were struck at the Denver Mint, and 13,450,000 were struck at the San Francisco Mint. You can tell which Mint branch struck a 1943 half dollar by looking for the mint mark on the reverse of the coin. It is located to the left of the eagle's feet. Philadelphia coins have no mint mark, Denver coins will have a D mint mark, and San Francisco coins will have an S mint mark.

The 1943 half dollar is a 90% silver coin that contains .3617 ounces of pure silver.

This means the coin will always be worth at least its weight in silver. This makes the 1943 half dollar and all Walking Liberty half dollars attractive from an investment standpoint because they are a great hedge against inflation. They will always have intrinsic value and will never be valued less than the spot price of the silver they contain.

The value of the 1943 half dollar remains constant across all the mint marks in lower grades, but differs significantly in the upper grades.

There is usually a significant jump in value between MS-60 and MS-65 examples in uncirculated grades. Here are the values for each mint mark:

1943 Half Dollar Value Philadelphia Mint:

G-4 $7.40 VG-8 $7.50  F-12 $7.00 VF-20 $8.04 XF-40 $10.20 AU-50 $13.00 MS-60 $30.00 MS-63 $55 MS-65 $150

1943 Half Dollar Value Denver Mint:

G-4 $7.40 VG-8 $7.80  F-12 $7.90 VF-20 $8.50 XF-40 $10.00 AU-50 $25.00 MS-60 $42.00 MS-65 $295

1943 Half Dollar Value San Francisco Mint

G-4 $7.40 VG-8 $7.80  F-12 $7.90 VF-20 $8.50 XF-40 $10.00 AU-50 $18.50 MS-60 $42.00 MS-65 $460

The 1943 half dollar also includes a double die obverse variety from the Denver Mint:

1943 D Double Die Obverse Value:

G-4 $7.60 VG-8 $7.50  F-12 $9.00 VF-20 $12.00 XF-40 $15.00 AU-50 $30.00 MS-60 $55.00 MS-65 $450

These 1943 half dollar coins are readily available and easy to purchase.

1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1138
1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1138
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1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 50c PCGS MS65
1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 50c PCGS MS65
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1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1139
1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1139
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1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar BU Uncirculated Silver 50C 0031
1943 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar BU Uncirculated Silver 50C 0031
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Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1943 S 90 Silver Half Dollar WW2 Era coin
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1943 S 90 Silver Half Dollar WW2 Era coin
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1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1179
1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1179
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1943 P PCGS GENUINE SILVER WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR CLEANING AU DETAILS
1943 P PCGS GENUINE SILVER WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR CLEANING AU DETAILS
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1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1144
1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1144
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1943 S Liberty Walking Half Dollar
1943 S Liberty Walking Half Dollar
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Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1943 D 90 Silver Half Dollar WW2 Era coin
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1943 D 90 Silver Half Dollar WW2 Era coin
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1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1146
1943 P Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar Old US Coin a1146
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Uncirculated 1943 Walking Liberty Silver 90 Coin MINT LUSTER
Uncirculated 1943 Walking Liberty Silver 90 Coin MINT LUSTER
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1940 Liberty Half Dollar In OK condition 90 silver content
1940 Liberty Half Dollar In OK condition 90 silver content
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1943 P PCGS MS63 SILVER WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR
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1943 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Denver Silver
1943 D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Denver Silver
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1943 Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar 90 Silver  3931
1943 Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar 90 Silver 3931
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Make sure to add a 1943 half dollar or two to your collection!

Collecting The 1968 Half Dollar| Second Last Year For Silver Half Dollars In Circulation

The 1968 half dollar was the second last year that Kennedy Half Dollars contained silver in a circulation strike.



The circulation strikes for these 40% silver halves were all minted at the Denver Mint. The mint struck 246,951,930 examples of the 1968 half dollar, all having the D mint mark. This is the third highest mintage for silver Kennedy half dollars.

The San Francisco mint struck 3,041,506 proof examples of the 1968 half dollar, that were never released for circulation. These have the S mint mark. This was the first year Kennedy proofs were minted in San Francisco. Up until this date, all the proofs were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. These were meant for collectors and to be included in proof sets. If you find a 1968 half dollar with an S mint mark in circulation, it is likely that it was broken out of a stolen proof set and spent.

The 1968 half dollar contains about .1749 ounces of pure silver.

Multiplying this number by the spot price of silver will give you the bullion value of a 1968 half dollar. At the time of this post silver was trading at about $16 an ounce, making  40% silver half dollars coin worth $2.80 per coin.

Because of the introduction of clad coinage in 1965, the 1968 half dollar was frequently hoarded and not often circulated because it had silver content above its face value. As a result, most will be in a high grade, with fewer circulated coins showing up. Coins for collecting should be bought in a higher grade.

A popular way to collect the 1968 half dollar is by buying them by the roll.

A roll of these halves will contain 3.5 ounces of pure silver. Multiplying by the spot price will give you the value. At the time of this post the bullion value would have been $56 a roll. Uncirculated bank rolls will carry a premium above the bullion value.

The 1968 half dollar is readily available on eBay both as single coins and in bulk rolls

1968 Kennedy Half Dollars  10 Coin LOT  40 Silver  NICE Coins
1968 Kennedy Half Dollars 10 Coin LOT 40 Silver NICE Coins
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1968 S PROOF 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR
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1968 D  1969 D 50C Kennedy Half Dollars VERY NICE COLORATIONTONING
1968 D 1969 D 50C Kennedy Half Dollars VERY NICE COLORATIONTONING
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1968 S 1969 S  1970 S PROOF KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
1968 S 1969 S 1970 S PROOF KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS
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US Kennedy 1968 D 1966 Half Dollar Lot of 2 W22
US Kennedy 1968 D 1966 Half Dollar Lot of 2 W22
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LOT OF 8 CLAD 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS 1965 1967 1968
LOT OF 8 CLAD 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS 1965 1967 1968
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1968 S 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Gem Brilliant Proof Coin
1968 S 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Gem Brilliant Proof Coin
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47 Kennedy halfs Three are 1964 the rest 1965 1968
47 Kennedy halfs Three are 1964 the rest 1965 1968
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KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS LOT OF 3 1967 1967 1968 D
KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS LOT OF 3 1967 1967 1968 D
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Roll of 20 Kennedy Half Dollars 1966 1967 1968 1969 Nice US Silver Coins
Roll of 20 Kennedy Half Dollars 1966 1967 1968 1969 Nice US Silver Coins
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1968d Kennedy Half Dollar 40  Silver XF or AU
1968d Kennedy Half Dollar 40 Silver XF or AU
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1968 1969  1970 US Proof sets w 40 Silver Kennedy half Nice coins
1968 1969 1970 US Proof sets w 40 Silver Kennedy half Nice coins
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2 1968 D and 1 1969 D US Kennedy Half Dollar Lot of 3 coins
2 1968 D and 1 1969 D US Kennedy Half Dollar Lot of 3 coins
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Kennedy Half Dollars 1964 1965 1966 1967 and 1968
Kennedy Half Dollars 1964 1965 1966 1967 and 1968
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1968 S 1969 S AND 1970 S PROOF 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR LOT 3 COINS
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1967 1968 D 1969 D Kennedy 40 Silver Half Dollar Trio About Uncirculated AU LOT
1967 1968 D 1969 D Kennedy 40 Silver Half Dollar Trio About Uncirculated AU LOT
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1968 S Proof 40 SILVER ROLL Kennedy Half Dollars 20 coins 10 face value
1968 S Proof 40 SILVER ROLL Kennedy Half Dollars 20 coins 10 face value
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LOT OF FIVE 1967 1968  1969 KENNEDY 40 SILVER HALF DOLLAR CIRCULATED COINS
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1968 S Kennedy Half Dollar 50c 40 Silver Gem Proof Single US Coin
1968 S Kennedy Half Dollar 50c 40 Silver Gem Proof Single US Coin
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1968s 50c MEGA GRADE DCAM PROOF  STUNNING TONEFREE BW
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1964 Half Dollar|1964 Kennedy Half Dollars: Last Year For The 90% Silver Half

The 1964 half dollar would likely have been a Franklin half dollar had it not been for the unfortunate events of November 22, 1963.

1964 Kennedy half dollars were issued to commemorate the fallen president and the coin was designed just 5 days after his death. The Franklin half had only been in production 15 years and was not due for replacement for 9 more years.


The 1964 half dollar was released as a tribute to President Kennedy, and it marked the end of an era in coin collecting as well. The 1964 half dollar was hoarded by collectors as well as the average citizen due to the overwhelmingly positive sentiment for the late President. Then the US went off its silver standard in 1965 and this caused the 1964 Kennedy half dollars as well as all other silver coinage to rapidly disappear from circulation.

As a result of this, the 1964 half dollar is most often seen with little to no wear, with uncirculated examples being extremely common.

The 1964 Kennedy half dollars had a mintage of 277,254,766 coins at the Philadelphia Mint and 156,205,466 coins from the Denver Mint. Proofs were struck in Philadelphia. The coins are 90% silver and contain .3617 ounces of pure silver. Any circulated coins will be worth their silver content. In XF-40 they are valued at $5.75 and in MS-60 they are worth $6. In MS-65 this coin books for $20.

A popular way to buy the 1964 half dollar is by the roll.

An uncirculated 1964 half dollar bank roll will carry a premium over its silver value, and even circulated rolls will sell well as silver is very popular with the poor monetary policy of our government at this time. Buying the 1964 half dollar in quantity is a way to hedge against the inflation our government's runaway inflation is sure to bring.

31 Circulated 1965 1969 Kennedy Halves 40 Silver
31 Circulated 1965 1969 Kennedy Halves 40 Silver
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1965 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Gem Brilliant Uncirculated Coin SMS
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LOT OF 8 CLAD 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS 1965 1967 1968
LOT OF 8 CLAD 40 SILVER KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS 1965 1967 1968
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Half Dollar Kennedy Silver Clad From Special Mint Set 1965 40 Silver
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Lot of ten 1965 Kennedy half dollars
Lot of ten 1965 Kennedy half dollars
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47 Kennedy halfs Three are 1964 the rest 1965 1968
47 Kennedy halfs Three are 1964 the rest 1965 1968
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1965 50C SMS Special Strike Kennedy Half Dollar
1965 50C SMS Special Strike Kennedy Half Dollar
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Nice Lot of Kennedy Silver Half Dollar Coins 1965 1966 1969 ONE DAY AUCTION
Nice Lot of Kennedy Silver Half Dollar Coins 1965 1966 1969 ONE DAY AUCTION
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Lot of 9 Kennedy Half Dollars 1965 76
Lot of 9 Kennedy Half Dollars 1965 76
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1965 P Silver Kennedy Half 1 2 Dollar
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1965 Kennedy Half Dollars 8
1965 Kennedy Half Dollars 8
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1965 Kennedy Half Dollar 40 Silver SMS Special Mint Set US Coin
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40  silver 1965 jfk half dollar coin ring size 9
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Kennedy Half Dollars 1964 1965 1966 1967 and 1968
Kennedy Half Dollars 1964 1965 1966 1967 and 1968
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1965 KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR NGC MS 67 SMS Special Mint Set 50c
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1965 SMS 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Coin NGC MS66 Cameo cert3449610 003
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1965 SMS 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Coin NGC MS67 cert3448529 062
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1965 SMS Kennedy Half Dollar Gem 40 Silver Special Mint Set Coin US Mint
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1965 SMS 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Coin NGC MS68 cert2548511 007
1965 SMS 50C Kennedy Half Dollar Coin NGC MS68 cert2548511 007
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1965 SPECIAL MINT SET KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR 40 SILVER FP
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The 1964 half dollar is readily available on eBay.