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Various Half Dollars...are Any Worth Further Investigation/Grading?

 
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 Posted 02/11/2020  12:34 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add hydropsyche to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all,

This past fall I found an 1857 Canadian Half Cent token while doing some yard work and that sparked a bit of interest in the history and stories tied to older coins like that...I then started looking into coinage from eras that I am otherwise historically interested in...this, in turn, reminded me of a variety of coins I inherited a couple years back.

Most of these consist of Kennedy half dollars, along with some Franklins, and I'm curious as to which might be more collectible than others. After some research, I believe I have several Kennedys that are of the 90% silver variety, and would like to better understand what I have. Looking at the attached, are any worth further investigation? Any thoughts are much appreciated.




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 Posted 02/11/2020  1:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinsInVT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



In that condition, the Franklins are worth the melt value of their silver content. They are a unique talking piece to show your friends though! Most people probably have never seen one before.

The Kennedys you posted are worth, at minimum, the melt value of their silver content. Some of them look to be in fairly good shape and will carry some collector value on top of that. Worth hanging on to for sure!

Also please note while the bicentennials look neat they are extremely common and only worth face value.

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 Posted 02/11/2020  2:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hydropsyche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks VT...the ones I feel are in good shape are the two 64's bookending the bottom row, and the '65 and '69 in the second column from the right. Are those the same you had in mind, and what is the difference between their melt value, and the added value of the condition? Or is that somewhat subjective? Pardon the million questions, I'm genuinely interested in understanding all this.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  2:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome aboard hydropsyche! Keep asking questions and keep researching. There is so much to learn.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  3:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
CoinsinVT says it well.



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 Posted 02/11/2020  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. 1965 through 1970 are 40% silver.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  5:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
None of them have sufficient potential value to justify grading and shipping fees.

By your own preliminary grading, need to be in MS++ condition to even be considered for submission.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  8:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 65' looks very nice and the 76' might have a nice big die crack on it...don't clean any of them and handle them by the rims. Pending on what the reverse of the 65 looks like, I would keep it safe
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 Posted 02/11/2020  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My LCS would buy and sell them as bullion, even the better ones.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  8:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like Oriole my LCS would buy and sell as bullion, Kennedy don't generally sell for much more than melt even in high MS grade. Most Franklins are sold as bullion also. One of the customers was able to complete a set from the "junk" pile of Franklins.
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Most of your Kennedys are 40% silver. Only the 1964 pieces are 90% silver.The Bicentennial Kennedy might be 40% silver or a standard "clad base metal coin.

The Franks are 90% of course and all appear to be bullion coins.
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 Posted 02/11/2020  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Kind of ignore all the negative replies. This coin stuff is a hobby and the constant replies to values are just that, stuff. As to your coins, I suggest you look into purchasing a book called the Red Book by Whitman Publishing. Also, look into purchasing an Album for those coins. Not a Folder, an Album. Remember not to clean those coins. Cleaning coins is sort of a no no. Place your coins in an Album and start looking for more to complete that Album. This is a hobby and you should look at it as such. Don't worry about values and use this hobby for fun. Way to many people constantly say How much. It's a hobby. Not and investment.
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