The U.S. Mint has produced special proof versions for collectors since the platinum American Eagle coin series was first released in 1997. Starting in 1998, the proof platinum Eagle coins have carried a special distinction from the bullion versions. A different reverse design has been used each year
Ninety-percent silver bags are often referred to as 'junk silver' though this term can be misleading. These coins are generally dimes and quarters sold in $1,000 bags which reflect their face value (i.e., the legal tender value of the coins). Half bags contain a face value of $500.
The American Buffalo Silver Dollar portrays a profile representation of an American Indian on its obverse. The word 'LIBERTY' arcs in front of the American Indian's face. The date appears across his lower neck.
The Franklin Half-Dollar coin was minted from 1948 to 1963. The coin pictured Benjamin Franklin on the obverse (front) and the Liberty Bell on the reverse (back). A small eagle to the right of the bell was necessitated by law; Franklin himself had preferred the turkey as a "more noble bird."
Both Congress and the U.S. Mint scrambled to create the coin memorializing our nation's 35th President following President Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963. Congress passed an act authorizing the Kennedy Half-Dollar on December 30, 1963.