Variations and designs of 1/2 Dollar USA

The half dollar coin, with a denomination of 50 cents, has undergone various designs and variations throughout the history of the United States. Here are some notable variations and designs of the half dollar:

Early Half Dollars (1794-1836): The United States Mint produced early half dollars in several designs, including the Flowing Hair Half Dollar (1794-1795), Draped Bust Half Dollar (1796-1807), Capped Bust Half Dollar (1807-1839), and Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891). These coins featured different depictions of Liberty on the obverse and various heraldic or symbolic designs on the reverse.

Barber Half Dollar (1892-1915): Designed by Charles E. Barber, the Barber Half Dollar featured a bust of Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse, perched on a heraldic shield. This design was used until 1915.

Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947): Considered one of the most beautiful designs in American coinage, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was designed by Adolph A. Weinman. It featured a full-length figure of Liberty walking towards the sunrise on the obverse and an eagle perched on a mountain ledge on the reverse.

Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963): The Franklin Half Dollar, designed by John R. Sinnock, featured a bust of Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. It was issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Franklin's birth.

Kennedy Half Dollar (1964-present): The Kennedy Half Dollar was first minted in 1964 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Designed by Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, the obverse features a portrait of President Kennedy, while the reverse depicts the Presidential Seal. The design was modified in 1965 to reduce the silver content and has been minted in various compositions since then.

Special Issues and Commemoratives: In addition to regular circulating issues, the half dollar has been minted in various special issues and commemorative designs over the years, including those honoring national parks, historical events, and prominent individuals.


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