1971-D Silver Kennedy Half Dollar??

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by silverminer83, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. silverminer83

    silverminer83 New Member

    I went roll hunting today and found a 1971-D that appears to be silver. I have checked the reed edge (one color silvery gray) and put tissue paper over the coin (white) but I can't find much about rarity or value online. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

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  3. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    Chances are your coin may be silver plated. Weigh the coin-- a 40% silver half weighs 11.5 grams, while a cupro-nickel clad half weighs 11.34 grams.
  4. silverminer83

    silverminer83 New Member

    Kennedy Half Dollar 2.jpg SAM_0581.jpg

    These are just some pics but I will weigh both and post then thanks!
  5. vdbpenny1995

    vdbpenny1995 Well-Known Member

    appears plated
  6. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    1970 was the last year the Mint used silver in business strike coins, and the Kennedy half was the only denomination made with silver up until this year. In 1971 silver was used only in proof issues.

    If there is no S mintmark on the obverse, it more likely than not has been plated.
  7. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    Only the new Eisenhower dollar was officially struck in (40%) silver in 1971. Of course, there is a remote possibility that some proof '71-S halves might have been struck on leftover '70-S planchets.

    The OP's coin is a '71-D.
  8. d.t.menace

    d.t.menace Member

    No there is no silver in the '71 proofs.

    According to Brian Allen and Ken Potter in their book, Strike It Rich With Pocket Change, there is a 40% silver 1971D. Since the weights are too close between the clads and the 40%ers they say the only way to insure that it's silver is to do a specific gravity test.
  9. Lon Chaney

    Lon Chaney Well-Known Member

    That thing is plated. I've found them too. Sometimes by the roll.
    Gold Kennedys.jpg silver kennedys.jpg
  10. jello

    jello Not Expert★NormL®

    Not silver most likely plated to look silver!

  11. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    I meant to say silver was used in 71 proof Ikes, and failed to.
  12. Thelionwarrior

    Thelionwarrior Active Member

  13. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Thank you all guys . I greatly appreciate your concern . Hope to read you in the near future threads , soon

    7 Calbrey
  14. vdbpenny1995

    vdbpenny1995 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for not calling us all crazy or know nothings!
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