Everything You Need to Know About Different Types of Half Dollars

In the United States, half dollars are a denomination of currency that have been produced in various designs throughout history. Here are some notable types of half dollars:

1. Flowing Hair Half Dollar (1794-1795):

The Flowing Hair half dollar was the first design of the denomination, minted in 1794 and 1795. It features the portrait of Liberty with flowing hair on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

2. Draped Bust Half Dollar (1796-1807):

The Draped Bust half dollar succeeded the Flowing Hair design and was minted from 1796 to 1807. It features the portrait of Liberty with draped bust on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

3. Capped Bust Half Dollar (1807-1839):

The Capped Bust half dollar was minted from 1807 to 1839. It features the profile of Liberty with a cap on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse. There are variations within this design, including the Lettered Edge and Reeded Edge varieties.

4. Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891):

The Seated Liberty half dollar was minted from 1839 to 1891. It features the seated figure of Liberty on the obverse and various designs on the reverse, including the Heraldic Eagle and the Legend varieties.

5. Barber Half Dollar (1892-1915):

The Barber half dollar, named after its designer Charles E. Barber, was minted from 1892 to 1915. It features the head of Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

6. Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947):

The Walking Liberty half dollar is widely considered one of the most beautiful designs in American coinage. Minted from 1916 to 1947, it features a depiction of Liberty walking with flowing robes on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

7. Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963):

The Franklin half dollar, designed by John R. Sinnock, was minted from 1948 to 1963. It features the portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse.

8. Kennedy Half Dollar (1964-present):

The Kennedy half dollar was introduced in 1964 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It features the portrait of Kennedy on the obverse and an adaptation of the presidential seal on the reverse. Various commemorative and special edition designs have been issued since then.

These are just some examples of the types of half dollars that have been produced in the United States. Each design carries its own historical and numismatic significance, and collecting half dollars can be a fascinating hobby for coin enthusiasts.