Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 29,544,000
Catalog: KM-A202b
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Copper-Nickel Clad Copper
Weight: 11.34g
Diameter: 30.6mm
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: 5/11/2016

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1981 P 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 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 90.00 1000 3750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 329
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/21/1998 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1098, 1098/Lot# 1768 $14.75
10/1/2001 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1488, 1488/Lot# 1405 $11.75
9/28/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68101, 68101/Lot# 62683 $11.00
10/2/2011 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 18504 $7.00
5/9/2012 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3274, 3274/Lot# 1806 $15.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 8578 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1981 P 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333336932594771799334541415563
3333333333334717411989182314361046150
0000003333334717411989182314361000
00000033333358245033813582830387600
1981 P 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333336691237635121895349643195783
33333333334671020462139732429377048070
00000033334671020462139732429377000
000000333356811295436214342962404500
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 1799
Owner: BODIN
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 477
Owner: ILJC#70
 
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