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Since You Asked: 50-cent still in circulation

Whatever happened to 50-cent pieces? I don't see any of them around any more; they probably were stopped as too heavy for pockets. Some must be around somewhere. Are they still of value if found?

— Charlotte S., Talent

Yes Charlotte, there are still 50-cent pieces in circulation and they are still minted in the U.S.

The half-dollar in production and circulation bears the likeness of the late John F. Kennedy, our 35th president. The coins are larger than the dollar coins, but significantly different looking than either the Susan B. Anthony coin or the present "golden" dollar.

According to the U.S. Mint Web site, the 2007 United States Mint Proof Set, includes 14 coins, each bearing the "S" mint mark of the United States Mint in San Francisco. In addition to the four new presidential $1 coins, it also contains all five quarters from the 50 State Quarters Program for the year: Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah, as well as the Lincoln cent, Jefferson nickel, Roosevelt dime, Kennedy half-dollar and the golden dollar featuring Sacagawea.

And if you find one on the sidewalk or get one with your change at the store, your half dollar is still worth 50 cents.

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