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1971-2014 Kennedy Half Dollar Melt Value

1971 - 2014 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:91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel
Total Weight:11.34 grams
Comments:Only two months after Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, the first Kennedy Half Dollars were struck at the mint (silver composition, not the clad version listed on this page). [ ? ]

Using the latest metal prices and the specifications above, these are the numbers required to calculate melt value:
 $4.3461  =copper price / pound on Jun 24, 2024.
.9167  =copper %
$7.7587  =nickel price / pound on Jun 24, 2024.
.0833  =nickel %
11.34  =total weight in grams
.00220462262  =pound/gram conversion factor (see note directly below)

The CME uses pounds to price these metals, that means we need to multiply the metal price by .00220462262 to make the conversion to grams.

1. Calculate 91.67% copper value :

    (4.3461 × .00220462262 × 11.34 × .9167)  =  $0.0996016

2. Calculate 8.33% nickel value :

    (7.7587 × .00220462262 × 11.34 × .0833)  =  $0.0161570

3. Add the two together :

    $0.0996016 + $0.0161570 = $0.1157586

$0.1157586 is the melt value for the 1971-2014 half dollar on June 24, 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
197364,964,000$0.50 - $10.00

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