The American Half Dollar was first introduced in 1794 and made of silver until 1971 when it was removed by the mint and the composition became copper-nickel clad. The half dollar is the largest of American coinage currently produced and is worth 50 cents (one half of a dollar). Half dollars have been minted each year since 2002, but have not been released into circulation. Throughout its history, the United States Mint has offered many different themes for its half dollar coins, with its current being the “Kennedy” theme released in 1964 following President John F. Kennedy’s assignation. Prior to this, the Mint has had themes such as the “Walking Liberty” theme from 1916 to 1947- a depiction of lady liberty draped in an American flag on the obverse, and an eagle perched on a rock on the reverse; and its “Benjamin Franklin” theme from 1948 to 1963.
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