In January 1964, just two months after the tragic assassination of the 35th President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Half Dollar campaign was started as a tribute. The Kennedy half dollars were initially made using 90 percent silver, but in 1965, the silver composition was reduced to 40 percent. In 1971, when silver was finally eliminated from the Kennedy halves, it was one of the last circulation silver coins produced by the US Mint.
A benefit of 40% silver coins is that they have a face value, so their value is still retained independent of the price of silver. These silver coins are going to be in BU condition (Brilliant Uncirculated). A BU coin is a coin that has never been circulated and retains all of its original mint luster, which is much less common among Kennedy Half Dollars.
The obverse of these silver coins will feature a left-facing profile of the 35th President with the words “LIBERTY” at the top with “1965” (or newer) minted at the bottom. The US motto of “IN GOD WE TRUST” is minted above the year as well.
The reverse features the official US seal surrounded by small stars and the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” & “HALF DOLLAR”.