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17 Feb 2022

American Clad Coinage

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American Clad Coinage

US Clad coinage was first used in 1965. The rising price of silver caused the elimination of all the silver from the dime and quarter because it cost more to make silver coins than the coins face value. Later silver would also be removed from the dollar and half dollar.

Roosevelt Dimes

Roosevelt dimes were first struck in 1946. The obverse has Franklin D. Roosevelt facing left. The reverse has a torch in between olive and oak branches. The torch stands for liberty, the olive branch stands for peace, and the oak branch stands for victory. The key dates for the Roosevelt dime are the 1949-S, the 1955, and the 1955-S. The dimes changed from silver to clad composition in 1965. In 1996 the West Point Mint minted a dime for inclusion with the 1996 mint set.

Washington Quarters

The Washington Quarter was first minted in 1932. In the 90 years this coin has been minted, it has been made at Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point mints. It was also minted in silver (1932-1964) and clad composition (1965-present). The key dates for the Washington quarter are 1932-D and 1932-S. In 1975 to 1976, the mint replaced the reverse with a colonial drummer to commemorate 200 years of freedom. These Bicentennial coins have been referred to as “Circulating Commemoratives”. The eagle reverse was resumed again in 1977. In 1999, the quarter design changed again with the commencement of the State Quarter series. The obverse was modified, and the reverses had varying designs, one for each state and US Territory. After the State Quarter run of issues was completed, the America the Beautiful reverses were commenced in 2010. These celebrate parks and historic sites. In 2021 the American the beautiful series ended and the mint issued Crossing the Delaware coins, with a restoration of the classic Washington obverse of the earlier issues. This year (2022) the design will change again, including a different obverse of Washington, and the reverse featuring women.

Kennedy Half Dollars

The Kennedy half dollar was first minted in 1964, after the death of John F Kennedy the previous year. Its demand was so great that on March 24th a long line was formed in front of a store in Washington. The store had 70,000 Kennedy half dollars, with a limit of 40 per person. By the end of the day all of them had been sold. Even though the mint greatly increased production, minting 410,000,000 more than expected, the coin wasn’t often seen in circulation. In 1965 the composition was reduced from 90% to 40% silver. In 1971 all of the silver was removed from the half dollar. The 1970-D half dollars are the key date of the Kennedy half dollars and were issued only in mint sets.

Starting in 2002 the mint stopped minting Kennedy half dollars for circulation. In 2014 the West Point Mint made a special gold Kennedy half dollar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar. It did not interrupt the usual Kennedy half dollar minting. In 2021 the US Mint started minting Kennedy half dollars for circulation again!

Eisenhower Dollars

Eisenhower dollars were minted from 1971 to 1978 at all of the operating mints, Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The San Francisco California mint minted proof silver proof and clad coins. In 1973 Eisenhower dollars were not issued for circulation. Eisenhower dollars were minted for 7 years. The Eisenhower dollar did not circulate often because of their large size. in 1979 the US Mint replaced the Eisenhower dollar with the Susan B Anthony dollar which was smaller in size. The reverse of the Eisenhower dollar has an eagle landing on the moon to commemorate the first landing on the moon. The key dates for the Eisenhower dollar are the 1973-D, 1973-P and the 1973-S silver proof.


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