What makes a 1973 Half Dollar Rare

The Kennedy half dollar first made in 1964 is 50 cents and released by US Mint. It was issued as a memorial to the assassinated 35th US president JF Kennedy, it was authorized by Congress one month after his death. The design of coins was made by Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro who helped to make fastly and striking of new coins at the start of January 1964. The silver coins were hoarded Love the Release in March 1964 by collectors and people interested in the memento of JF Kennedy. Though mint increased the production of denomination was very less seen in circulation. The price increment in silver also increased the hoarding and many Kennedy half dollars melted for silver content. Let’s get started with What makes a 1973 Half-Dollar Rare.

What metal are Kennedy half dollars made of?

1973 Kennedy Half Dollar

The 1973 Kennedy half a dollar is created with the use of seventy-five percent copper and twenty-five percent nickel. The coins are clad with nickel and the core is pure copper. However, Kennedy had dollar was initially created with the use of sixty percent copper and forty percent silver and was made from 1965 to 1970. With that one first year Kennedy half dollar was made with the use of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. The 1973 Kenndey fifty-cent coins come with 150 reeds on the rim weigh 11.30 grams and have a diameter of 30.61 millimeters.

1973 Half Dollar History

The Kennedy half a dollar is a very common coin currently. The first coin had a value of fifty cents came in 1794 but the mint started the creation of coins with the 35th president photo after two centuries. There were 150,895,739 coins made out of that  64,964,000 were 1973 No Mint mark dollars, 2,760,339 1973 S dollars (proof), and  83,171,400 1973 D dollars were made. The first new silver half was introduced in 1964 after the assassination.

Features of 1973 Half Dollar

The 1973 half dollar coins front side comes with a photo of fallen leader JF Kenndey who was the 35th president of the US. The hair in the photo is covered with the word LIBERTY. Below the photo, there is a motto written IN GOD WE TRUST. With that on this side there is minting year 1973 is written.

The back side of this coin comes with a presidential seal. It has a heraldic eagle with outspread wings. The eagle has a banner in its beak with “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” Latin for “Out of many, one. In the left talon, the eagle has an olive branch that shows peace, at the right talon the eagle comes with thirteen arrows that denote 13 colonies of the State. On this side there is Union Shiled added. Around Eagle, fifty stars are showing the US states. There are words UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR also added on the back side of the coin. The 1973 half-dollar belongs to the Kenndy half-dollar series that the US Mint was first made in 1964. that started to be created after the Assassination of Kennedy in 1963, his photot was added to replace the Franklin half a dollar.

1973 (P) No Mint Mark Half Dollar

1973 (P) No Mint Mark Half Dollar Value

  • Kennedy Half Dollar type of coin and made in 1973 without a mint mark
  • 64,964,000 coins were made.
  • Its face value is 0.50 dollars and the circulated condition value is 0.60 to 0.75 dollars
  • Its weight is 3.11 grams and 30.61 mm diameter
  • Its design was made by Gilroy Roberts/Frank Gasparro and made with 75% Copper, 25% Nickel.

There were 65 million 50 cents made in 1973 by the P mint. The minted coins have good details and luster. So they must easily get in MS65 grade for 1973 P half dollars. The coins with MS66 grade are difficult to find but they can be obtained with deep search. The coins with a grade more than MS67 are rare and have a high value. In 1973 P mint made Kennedy half dollars without a mint mark.

  • Melt value =0.08 dollars
  • AU= 0.70 dollars
  • MS60 & MS61= 1$
  • MS62= 0.90 dollar
  • MS63=1 dollar
  • MS64=3 dollar
  • MS65=15 dollar
  • MS66=38 dollar
  • MS67= 285 dollar

1973 D Kennedy Half Dollar

  • it is also Kennedy Half Dollar made by Denver Mint with a D mint mark.
  • The Mint made  83,171,400  coins mostly have a value of less than a dollar based on condition. High-grade coins can have a high value.
  • Its face value is 0.50 dollars
  • Circulated condition value is $0.60 to $0.75.
  • Its weight is 11.30 grams and its diameter is 30.61 millimeters
Grade  Price
MS 64 $3
MS 66 $20
MS 67 $175

1973 S Half-Dollar (Proof Coin) Value 

The  S mint made 2,760,339 proof half dollars. It is less than the other two mints and has high-value proof coins. These halves are still easy to get despite their higher value than face value. They can be added to the collection for prices of 3.50 to 12 dollars based on preservation level.

  • PR (Proof) value is $4 to $16 and auction record value is $165 for PR 67, CAM, sold in 2018.
  • DCAM (Deep Cameo) = $5 to $26 4888 dollars PR70 recorded in auction 2006
  • PR 70 (Proof 70) = $800

1973-S Half Dollar

Denomination 50-cent
Deep Cameo (PCGS) or Ultra Cameo (NGC)
High Grade for Proof
PR 70 (highest possible grade)
Value of PR 70 D-CAM $3,400
Auction Sold Price for PR 70 D-CAM $4,887.50

The 1973 S coins made 2.8 million number and the lowest mintage of half a dollar between 1962 and 2002. They are preferred by collectors based on rarity and less mintage.

The 1973-S half dollar is a coin that is sought after by many collectors due to its rarity and low mintage. Only 2.8 million 1973-S half dollars were minted, making it the lowest mintage business strike half a dollar between 1962 and 2002.

Some features are

  • 2.8 million were produced at the San Francisco Mint
  • Last business strike a half dollar for circulation.
  • Collectors ask for a “key date” for the series between 1962 and 2002.

1973 Kennedy Half Dollar Errors

Doubled die error

This error occurs when a die strikes the blank coins more than one time. Since high-speed and regular strikes of the die planchet do not leave the die collar fast to avoid 2nd strike.  Normally doubled die error is not clear so there is a need for a magnifying glass to find the error.  The easy-to-seen doubled die error is high value. The doubled die error occurs at a phase when the hub is striking the master copy. If the die shifts during the hub strikes it can cause a doubling that regenerates on each coin that strikes with an error die. The doubling effect can easily seen on a mint date and letters of the motto. The MS grade 1973 Half Dollar DDO has a value of $445.

1973 Half Dollar Cud Error

This error occurs when part of the die is chipped due to wear and tear. Due to this, the die has a distorted part that when hit planchet makes a cud on the coin. The cud error occurs if old or damaged die print error on the planchet. Die cracks also look like deep slashes but die break is like part of a coin chipped off mostly around the collar. The cud on this ungraded 1973 Hald dollar chipped of 19 at the front side and blurred states at the back side have vlaue of 200 dollars.

Obverse Die Break

The die break coin error occurs after breaking off the die when it shifts to a half-dollar surface. it resulted in a coin with a not easily seen-raised line on the coin’s front side. It is a rare error that can have a value of more than $1,500.

1973 Half Dollar Struck On  Bronze Planchet

In 1972 half dollars were nickel-clad and the coin was struck on the base metal planchet, its value can be higher than the melt value of older silver coins. If the blank gets reshaped during the minting process can increase the cost of the coin. The coin PR66 BN sold for 7800 dollars in 2018.

1973 Half Dollar Five-Strike Error

Quintuple-die error is a rare error and can have a high value. This proof coin comes with 5 error strikes that make the illusion of infinite reflection such as when the mirror bounces off and looks to cascade endlessly. The coin with this error sold for 4320 dollars in 2020.

What 1973 half dollar is valuable?

The Kennedy half dollar from 1973 in circulation condition has a value of $0.60 to $0.75. But in the open market, in 1973 D half a dollar in uncirculated condition sold for 300 dollars.

Where Is The Mint Mark On The 1973 Half Dollar?

The mint mark is on the front side of the coin over the minted date. As half a dollar is large size and has high weight the mint mark is in small size. But it comes with a similar held punch that prints all other mint marks.

How To Tell If You Have A Valuable 1973 Half Dollar

To find that the 1973 half dollar is rare and high value check these points.

  • Check the mint mark on coins if there are no mint marks on coins made at P mint
  • The D mint mark means the coin is made at Denver Mint and is very common.
  • The S mint mark means coins are made at S mint and are rare if not have wear.

How Much Is 1973 Kennedy Half Dollar Worth Today?

The vlaue of 1973 Kennedy’s half dollar is equal to the face value which is fifty cents. The melt value is about $0.1154. The circulated 1973 half-dollar has a value of less than one dollar.

1973 Kennedy Half Dollar Auction Record

  • 1973 P Kennedy Half Dollar Superb Gem Uncirculated MS 67 = $1,400
  • 1973 S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar Perfect Uncirculated Grade PR 70  Deep Cameo = $4,888

What makes a 1973 half-dollar rare?

The 1973 half dollar is not a rare coin there were 150 million half dolar made in 1973. but 1973 half dollar is high grade. Starting from MS67 grade can be rare as they are in less number. Some 1973 half-dollars are rare.

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What is the rarest Kennedy Half Dollar?

1964 coin is of high value sie it is the first that was made after the assassination of Kennedy. With that, it is a 90 percent silver composition that makes Kennedy half dollar high value due to its costly metallic content.

How much is the Kennedy Half Dollar worth?

Kennedy half dollars made in 2020 have 6,100,000 coins and the US Mint made mostly for coin collectors. These coins created with copper and nickel have a value of 2.28 dollars.

What is a 1776 to 1976 Kennedy Half Dollar worth?

The 1776 to 1976 half dollar has a higher value than its face value. based on condition they have a value of two to eight dollars.




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