If you have silver half dollars from a collection, and have made the decision to sell silver half dollars, it’s likely that you have Walking Liberty half dollars, Franklin half dollars, or Kennedy half dollars. If you’re unfamiliar with these coins, which coins may command a premium, and how much you can expect to receive when you sell silver half dollars, we recommend that you read the following article to become more familiar with the specifics of each.
The first half dollar coins that we’ll discuss are Walking Liberty half dollars. These coins were minted from 1916 – 1947. While a majority of these coins are sold strictly for their silver content, there are a few that are considered low mintage or key dates coins, that sell at a premium above and beyond the silver content of the coins; even in circulated condition. The key date coins that are included in these type coins are those that were minted in 1916 and 1921. Additionally, the 1938-D Walking Liberty half dollar has a mintage of less than 500,000, making this a relatively low mintage coin.
The next type of silver half dollar minted after Walking Liberty half dollars is the popular Franklin half dollar. Franklin half dollars were minted from 1948 – 1963. Since these are relatively modern half dollars, most of them sell strictly for their silver value; however, the 1955 Franklin half dollar sells for a bit of a premium. Furthermore, Franklin half dollars in uncirculated condition from the 1940’s sell for a premium above and beyond their silver content.
The last U.S. minted 90% silver half dollar, with the exception of commemorative half dollars, is the 1964 Kennedy half dollar. This is one of the most popular half dollars, due primarily to the popularity of John F. Kennedy. The coin was minted to commemorate the death of John F. Kennedy. Because so many of these coins were minted (approximately 430,000,000), they do not sell at a premium to their silver content; even those that are in uncirculated condition.
The silver half dollars that we’ve addressed thus far aren’t the only U.S. minted 90% silver half dollars, but are rather the most likely silver half dollars in your collection. The first half dollars minted in the United States were minted two centuries earlier. In fact, the first half dollars were minted in 1794, and are known as Flowing Hair half dollars. The next type of half dollar minted was in 1796, and is known as the Draped Bust half dollar. Following the Draped Bust half dollar was the Capped Bust half dollar (1807 – 1839), the Seated Liberty half dollar (1839 – 1891), and then the Barber half dollar (1892 – 1915). All of these coins, with the exception of the Barber half dollars, are sold for their collectible value in addition to their silver content. Some Barber half dollars also sell at a premium; especially those that are in high end condition.
Now that you’re more familiar with the type of U.S. minted half dollars, and those that sell at a premium, you should be better poised to sell silver half dollars for top dollar. If the silver coin dealer that you’re working with is not factoring in the collectible or numismatic value of your coins when making an offer, you should continue your search until you find you find the right coin dealer.