Each silver half dollar contains .3575 troy ounces of pure silver bullion. Silver Half Dollars are sold in both $10 Face Rolls, and $100 Face Bags. The $10 Face Rolls contain 7.15 troy ounces of pure silver and the $100 Face Bags contain 71.5 troy ounces of pure silver.
Types of 90% US Silver Half Dollars
SD Bullion carries a full inventory of pre-1965 US Silver Half Dollars including:
Barber Half Dollars - 1892-1915
Interest of collectors is piqued by Barber half dollars, since coins minted with the Barber design are over a century old. Barber halves are a great way to add to a junk silver portfolio, but also add collectible coins to a silver stack as well. Although the price of these coins in the future cannot be exactly predicted, the supply of Barber half dollars is surely going to decline in the coming years, meaning the price of these will most likely be increasing in the future.
The Barber Half Dollars were produced for one less than year than their silver dime and silver quarter counterparts, which were minted through 1916. The Barber Half Dollars were produced at the Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco mints. The New Orleans Mint was only open from 1838-1861 and 1879-1909, so no half dollar after the Barber will have an “O” mint mark from the New Orleans Mint.
The Barber coinage was named for Chief Mint Designer Charles Barber who created the design of the now famous coins. The obverse of these silver coins features Lady Liberty in a Phgyrian cap with “IN GOD WE TRUST” above her and stars on either side with the year minted at the bottom of the coin as well.
Walking Liberty Half Dollars - 1916-1947
Walking Liberty half dollars were produced at the mints of Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. A total of 485 million Walking Liberty Halves minted, with the most common year of these being 1943, when 77 million of these coins were minted.
The obverse features Lady Liberty walking towards a rising sun with her robes billowing in the wind. She holds under her arm olive and oak branches— which signify peace and strength, respectively. The word Liberty is minted across the top, on the right side are the words In God We Trust, and minted at the bottom is the year the coin was produced. This design is the inspiration for the now iconic US Silver Eagle Coin design.
Franklin Half Dollars - 1948-1963
The Franklin halves were only minted for 16 years, but have a similar total mintage to the Walking Liberty Halves. There was a total of 465 million Franklin Halves produced. The most common year for Franklin Halves is 1963, with 89 million of them minted that year. These silver halves were produced at the mints of Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The obverse of these silver half dollars will feature the profile of Benjamin Franklin with the date the coin was minted to his right.
90% Kennedy Half Dollars - 1964
The total mintage of these is surprisingly high at roughly 435 million, even though they were just minted using 90% silver for one year in 1964. The Kennedy Half Dollar program was started 2 months after JFK’s assassination as a tribute to our 35th President. The program continued being minted using 40% silver from 1965 through 1970, and the coins have continued to be minted until this day using the now popular copper-nickel clad.
The obverse of these silver coins will feature a left-facing profile of the 35th President with the words “LIBERTY” at the top with “1964” minted at the bottom. The US motto of “IN GOD WE TRUST” is minted above the year as well.
Quality of Half Dollars
The majority of silver half dollars are going to be in circulated condition, so half dollars that are of a higher quality are going to be sold for a higher premium. At SD Bullion, we sell silver halves in both circulated and higher quality conditions as well.
The Barber Half Dollars are sold in G and VG condition. The G condition stands for “Good” meaning that the coins will still be better condition than circulated, but they will still have wear and tear on them. The VG stands for “Very Good”, meaning those Barber Half Dollars will be in clearly better condition than circulated, but will have slight wear and tear on them. Coins of over 100 years old in this condition are not nearly as common as they once were, and the supply is expected to continue to drop.
We sell the Walking Liberty Half Dollars in both circulated and XF/AU condition. XF/AU stands for extra fine/about uncirculated, so these coins aren’t quite in uncirculated condition, but they will be higher quality coins compared to the traditional Walking Liberty Half Dollars.
We sell Franklin Half Dollars in circulated and AU/UNC condition. AU/UNC stands for about uncirculated/uncirculated, so these coins would be in a condition very close to, if not uncirculated condition, and will be clearly in better condition than the circulated version.
When you purchase Silver Half Dollars at SD Bullion, be confident that you are getting the lowest price online. And when you lock in an order today, you’ll be getting the silver spot price as it is at the time of your order!