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02 Aug 2022

Collecting Franklin and Kennedy Halves

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Hello - I am somewhat new to the ANA (this is my first post) and resuming coin collecting since I began in the 1960's. I have inherited my grandfather's collection he began in the 40's and 50's plus some other coins I had collected in the 60's and since then. I want to focus my collection on Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars (I already have quite a few). Who or what is a good resource for this? Is there a good book I can read on collecting Kenney Halves? I am and ANA member and recently joined the Rockdale Coin Club in Georgia. Thanks,
Tom Clarktclarkengr@gmail.com

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Mike

Level 7

I have the whole set in a Dansco album from 1964 till this year they make four a year. P,D, S proof and A proof silver. The proof silver started in the 1990's two books and there heavy!!.All uncirculated. They would grade MS 69to 70. I order them uncirculated set P&D the proof set and the silver set. You have your coins for the year Whatever way you do it don't give up. The price of the set has gone up allot.Great start!!

TCHTrove

Level 4

You order from the mint? Can you get previous issues?

Rebelfire76

Level 4

I would start with trusted third party sellers like American Precious Metal Exchange, Littleton Coin Company, U.S. State Quarters for NIFC Kennedy Halves. All of these places have websites and allow you to order directly online. I will say though that these places offer these coins at a premium, so it may be a little more than what you intended or want to pay for the JFK Halves, but it will ensure that the halves are authentic uncirculated coins. Another way would be to purchase any of the U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Sets. Every Uncirculated Coin Set includes a Year-Mint JFK half from Philadelphia and Denver. A third way would be to find a reputable coin dealer. Many coin shops/dealers keep NIFC JKF halves available, because once people find out the mint still produced these after 2002, they want the coins. The best current way, in my opinion, to obtain new JFK halves is to enroll on the U.S. Mint's website for their Kennedy Half two roll set they produce every year. This ensures you get fresh, newly minted, uncirculated half dollars directly from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints every year from here on out. Just some suggestions. I too enjoy collecting JFK Halves and have almost every type ever produced to include proofs and silver proofs. Best of luck, and welcome to the ANA community.

Coin Nerd

Level 2

Thank you for the great feedback on ways to collect post 2002 Kennedy Halves. One question - what does NIFC stand for? Thanks

Coin Nerd

Level 2

Oh by the way, I now have Rick Tom Tomaska's book on Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars (3rd edition) and am really enjoying it. Great sugegstion.

Coin Nerd

Level 2

Thank you to all that responded to my initial blog on Half Dollar collecting. Regarding Kennedy Halves, since the mint stopped public circulation in 2002, how is the best way for me to find mint state uncirculated KH's from 2002 to current? Would that be through ANA-recognized coin dealers and at coins shows? I dont think my local bank would have any such coins. Any tips on how I can find Kennedy Half dollars between 2002 and current date? Thanks!

thatcoinguy

Level 5

I have found most Georgia dealers don’t sell NIFC halves. I would try and see if your local bank has some half dollars. If they don’t, dealers are a good source as some dealers do carry them, but most don’t. Good luck!

Kepi

Level 6

Welcome to a great web-site! Lots of good people and information here! Good luck with your collections. ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

Welcome. I also am a big Franklin fan. Like you Grandfather, I'm guessing, I loved having one in my pocket. That was real money. Looks like a couple of good books have been named for you. Don't forget the ANA library here.

AC coin$

Level 6

As usual, welcome to the ANA World, as we are here to help and learn all of us. Loved your nick...good luck.

Mike

Level 7

No Tom no group but there allot of us. Great name by the way!!

Long Beard

Level 5

I would agree with Mike about Rick Tomaska's book. He has spent years researching these two series, in fact NGC uses his proof standards when grading these.

"SUN"

Level 6

Welcome to the hobby, getting a book on halves is the best idea.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Welcome to the ANA! There is much to learn about coin collecting and Franklin and Kennedy halves are a great starting collection. I am also in Georgia, although I don’t attend the Rockdale Coin Club. You can definitely use the Redbook. I would also recommend “A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars” 3rd Edition by Rick Tomaka. It is a very detailed book and will help you to get started. Best of luck on your collection. CheerioCoins

Mike

Level 7

Welcome to the ANA!! Rick Tomaska has written several books on Kennedy's and Franklin's. I also collect them. I think there great coins. The Kennedy's are the fifth collected coin ! Lots of luck here follow active collectors they will always help! Mike.

Coin Nerd

Level 2

Thanks Mike! I will look for books by Rick Tomaska. Yes, my grandfather was a big fan of Kennedy Halves when they came out in 1964. He used to give my brothers and I several, and one time my brother traded his strawberry shortcake for a Kennedy Half my grandfather had just given him (old family story that we remember and laugh about). He introduced us to coin collecting in the mid 1960's and I still have quite a few of those old Whitman books. Let me know if ANA has a forum or special group that focuses on Franklin and Kennedy Halves. Thanks, Tom

AC coin$

Level 6

Recommend the well brought Red Book for your collecting inquiries. You have a wonderful collection indeed as you mentioned in your blog. Another suggestion is that you keep your own username as stated and create or bring up an avatar as picture. Georgia is beautiful, the "peach state" would be a nicely related pic for your avatar, my friendly opinion of course. Here are many well documented members, you'll meet them. Good luck and never give up. AC*

Coin Nerd

Level 2

Thank you! Yes, I have the 2022 Red Book and it is very helpful. I will look into getting a new username and Avatar. I'm not a big social media person so some of this is new, but thanks for the suggestions.

AC coin$

Level 6

Welcome to the ANA World. We are all here to help and learn from each other. Any doubts, I am here for assistance.

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