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What is it with some kennedy halves?

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I was looking at a CameoCC E-newsletter and they were selling two 1976 pf69 Deep Cameo kennedy half dollars, one clad, the other silver. To my surprise the clad was more expensive than the silver. I don't know why. I went to coinfacts.com to check the mintages and there were over three million more clad than silver. I am thinking the clad must have more eye apeal than the silver, or that clad in high grades are more rare. What do you think?

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Hi Joe - Clad is comprised of copper and nickel, thus it is much harder than silver/copper (90/10%) composition. The silver strikes up much better than the clad and bears more contrast with the mirror surface.

 

Hoot

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Remember tough that many clad PR69DCAM Kennedies (either PCGS OR NGC) are still twenty dollar coins. In this instance, it is also the year.

1- 1976 is a popular year to obtain a Kennedy (type coin) and collectors want the finest.

2- 1976 was a BAD year for quality control! PR68's are plentiful, but the pops for the PR69's are down vs other years.

 

Combine these two reasons and you'll have a more expensive coin.

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Isn't it also true that there are alot more Silvers graded PF-69 DC by both PCGS & NGC than Clads. Last time I checked there were combined totals of 2122 Silver's vs. only 425 Clad's.

 

John

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