Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,544,000
Catalog: KM-A202b
Composition: Copper-Nickel Clad Copper
Weight: 11.1000g
Diameter: 30.4mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1981 P 50C MS obverse 1981 P 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Kennedy halves of the late 1970s-early 1980s era are well-known to collectors as some of the most elusive in high Mint State grades. Beginning around 1973 and continuing through the mid-1980s (excepting the 1976 Bicentennial coins), a series of hub changes continually enlarged the Kennedy portrait while reducing the hair detail. The coins seem a bit featureless, which tends to emphasize small contact marks and make them appear poorly struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/15/2014

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1981 P 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 1.10 1.25 1.75 3.00 9.00 15.00 140 1100 3750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 261
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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2/14/2001 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1407, 1407/Lot# 1440 $196.20
6/28/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25071, 25071/Lot# 11644 $21.00
10/2/2011 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 18504 $7.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 8578 $881.25
1/6/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 77385 $88.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1981 P 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333662867123990246441415563
333333333333461341854121481302346150
000000333333461341854121481302300
0000003333335620541047011972358200
1981 P 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333336632761351051258543195783
333333333333461446954401562316348070
000000333333461446954401562316300
0000003333335623611157452073374100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 990
Owner: BODIN
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 123
Owner: ILJC#70
 
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