President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.
2013 represents the historic 50th anniversary (golden anniversary) of Kennedy’s assassination. This “Golden Anniversary” collection includes both the first-year 1964 Kennedy Silver Half Dollar and the new 2013 “50th anniversary” Kennedy Half Dollar. To add to their historic importance, the 2013 coin – the golden anniversary issue is layered in pure gold. The Kennedy Half Dollar was first issued in 1964, just weeks after Kennedy’s death. The design was approved by Kennedy’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy. The 1964 coin was minted in 90% silver. It was the last-ever 90% silver Half Dollar issued for circulation, as well as the first and only 90% silver coin issued for circulation in the Kennedy Half Dollar series. The gold-layered coin is not available from the U.S. Mint but only in this special offer. The coin is richly layered in gold on both sides; the gold enhances the design and protects the coins.