Kennedy Half values are on the increase!

One of the fasting appreciating non-bullion coin investments, as you can see below, JFK Half coins are nicely increasing. With the US Mint now not releasing Kennedy Halves for general circulation, making a full set of the Kennedy Half issue has become more challenging. I usually have some of these choice JFK Halves for sale on EBay.

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Sample Values for Selected Kennedy Halves.

Source: Red Book Guide to US Coins

Year / MM

2000 RB

MS 65

2002 RB

MS 65

2004 RB

MS63

Increase

2000 to 2004

2009 RB

MS63

Increase

2000 to 2009

1982 P

$0.90

$2.50

$3.00

3.33 x

$4.00

4.44 x

1983 P

$1.00

$3.50

$3.50

3.50 x

$5.50

5.5 x

1986 P

$2.00

$4.00

$6.00

3 x

$7.00

3.5 x

1986 D

$1.50

$3.00

$5.00

3.3 x

$6.00

4.0 x

1988 P

$1.25

$2.00

$4.00

3.20x

$5.00

4.0 x

1990 D

$0.90

$3.00

$3.00

3.33 x

$3.00

3.33 x

1991 D

$0.90

$3.00

$4.00

4.44 x

$5.00

5.44 x

1992 D

$1.00

$1.50

$3.00

3 x

$3.00

3 x

The JFK half, or Kennedy Halves, should continue to rise in value!

The recent 2008 Financial Bailout must eventually result in new inflationary pressures on the economy. Prices now are low and that is the best time to buy!

As you can see, these selected JFK halves have appreciated several times face value, and in some cases are now valued at over 8 times face value, for Kennedy Halves issued for general circulation! Part of this increase is the US Mint decision to not release the JFK Half coin to the general public after 2001, and to drastically drop production, creating demand.

Also the JFK Half series does contain some Bullion value, since the Kennedy halves contains two 90 percent Silver coin issues, Five 40 percent silver coins, and many silver proof coins. With silver and gold prices on the rise, these issues of the Kennedy half coin sets will also experience both a bullion driven rise along with the numismatic value increase.

In addition, I believe that Kennedy halves are being systematically damaged by handling equipment. Circulating coins are showing higher and higher levels of damage, rendering them valueless as collectible coins. For examples, click here.


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A.N.A. Grading Standards

Essential Elements of the A.N.A. Grading System

About Good (AG3) - Very heavily worn with portions of lettering, date, and legends worn smooth. The date may be barely readable.

Good (G4) - Heavily worn with design visible but faint in areas. Many details are flat.

Very Good (VG8) - Well worn with main features clear and bold although rather flat.

Fine (F12) - Moderate to considerable even wear. Entire design is bold with overall pleasing appearance.

Very Fine (VF20) - Shows moderate wear on high points of design. All major details are clear.

Choice Very Fine (VF30) - Light even wear on the surface and highest parts of the design. All lettering and major features are sharp.

Extremely Fine (EF40) - Design is lightly worn throughout, but all features are sharp and well defined. Traces of luster may show.

Choice Extremely Fine (EF45) - Light overall wear shows on highest points. All design details are very sharp. Some of the mint luster is evident.

About Uncirculated (AU50) - Has traces of light wear on many of the high points. At least half of the mint luster is still present.

Choice About Uncirculated (AU55) - Evidence of friction on design high points. Most of mint luster remains.

Mint State - The terms Mint State (MS) and Uncirculated (UNC) are interchangeably used to describe coins showing no trace of wear. Such coins may vary to some degree because of blemishes, toning, or slight imperfections as described in the following subdivisions.

Uncirculated (MS60) - Has no trace of wear but may show a number of contact marks and surface may be spotted or lack some luster.

Uncirculated (MS63) - Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Luster may be impaired.

Choice Uncirculated (MS65) - An above average Uncirculated coin that may be brilliant or lightly toned and has very few contact marks on the surface or rim. MS67 through MS62 indicate a slightly higher or lower grade of preservation.

Perfect Uncirculated (MS70) - Perfect new condition, showing no trace of wear. The finest quality possible, with no evidence of scratches, handling, or contact with other coins. Very few regular issue coins are ever found in this condition.

Proof (PF60) - Surface may have several contact marks, hairlines, or light rubs. Luster may be dull and eye-appeal lacking.

Attractive Proof (PF63) - Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal places. No major flaws.

Choice Proof (PF65) - Reflective surfaces with no noticeable blemishes or flaws. Few scattered barely noticeable marks or hairlines.

JFK Kennedy Half Dollar page updated 10/23/08

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