Coinflation: 1965-1970 Silver Kennedy half dollar value and coin price
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1965 Kennedy Silver Half Dollar Melt Value

1965 - 1970 Silver Kennedy Half Dollar Value (United States)

Obverse Image:John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.
Reverse Image:Eagle holding an olive branch (peace) and arrows (strength). The thirteen stripes represent the 13 colonies. The horizontal bar across the top represents Congress forming one government from many. Fifty stars representing the fifty states encircle the eagle. [ ? ]
Metal Composition:40% silver, 60% copper
Total Weight:11.5 grams
Comments:Only two months after Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, the first Kennedy Half Dollars were struck at the mint. [ ? ]

Using the latest metal prices and the specifications above, these are the numbers required to calculate melt value:
 $31.52  =silver price / ounce on May 17, 2024.
.40  =silver %
 $4.7307  =copper price / pound on May 17, 2024.
.60  =copper %
11.5  =total weight in grams
.0321507466  =ounce/gram conversion factor
.00220462262  =pound/gram conversion factor (see note directly below)

The CME uses pounds to price copper and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .00220462262 to make the conversion to grams. The silver price is based in troy ounces and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .0321507466 to make the conversion to grams.

1. Calculate 40% silver value :

    (31.52 × .0321507466 × 11.5 × .40)  =  $4.6616010510

$4.6616 is the rounded silver value for the 1965-1970 silver Kennedy half dollar on May 17, 2024. This is usually the value used by coin dealers when selling these coins at melt value. However, the total melt value is continued below.

2. Calculate 60% copper value :

    (4.7307 × .00220462262 × 11.5 × .60)  =  $0.0719621

3. Add the two together :

    $4.6616010510 + $0.0719621 = $4.7335631510

$4.7335631510 is the total melt value for the 1965-1970 silver Kennedy half dollar on May 17, 2024.

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The "Year" column lists the year and mint mark on the coin -- D is for Denver, S is for San Francisco, and P is for Philadelphia. A coin without a mint mark means it was also minted in Philadelphia. The "Mintage" column is the number of coins struck and released by the U.S. Mint. The "Numismatic Value Range" column represents what people typically pay for that type of coin (usually a very wide price range depending on the condition).

YearMintageNumismatic Value Range
1965 65,879,366 $2.50 - $20.00
1966 108,984,932 $2.50 - $22.00
1967 295,046,978 $2.50 - $20.00
1968 D 246,951,930 $2.50 - $20.00
1969 D 129,881,800 $2.50 - $22.00
1970 D 2,150,000 $5.00 - $40.00

If you're interested in learning more about grading coins, Photograde is an excellent resource.

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