Half Dollar, Coin Type from United States - detailed information

Half Dollar, Coin Type from United States (issued 1796 - )
Coin TypeHalf Dollar

The Half Dollar is a United States coin worth 50 cents, or one half of a dollar. It is the largest United States circulating coin currently produced in both size and weight, being 1.205 inches (30.61 millimetres) in diameter and 0.085 in (2.16 mm) in thickness, and is twice the weight of the quarter dollar. The coin's design has undergone a number of changes throughout its history. Since 1964, the half dollar depicts the profile of President John F. Kennedy on the obverse and the Seal of the President of the United States on the reverse.

The choice of a "half dollar" as a denomination - and not simply '"50 cents" - originated with the practice of dividing Spanish milled dollars into eight wedge-shaped segments, which gave rise to the name "piece of eight" for that coin, or into halves.

Obverse

There have been a number of obverse designs during the history of the denomination.

Obverse Inscription LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST [year]
Reverse

There have been a number of reverse designs during the history of the denomination.

Reverse Inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HALF DOLLAR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Half Dollar: Details
CountryUnited States
CurrencyUS Dollar
Sub-types Half Dollar, Draped Bust
From1796
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size
Mass