The Kennedy Half Dollar was introduced in 1964 shortly following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The swift decision to memorialize the popular president on the denomination also brought a premature conclusion to the Franklin Half Dollar series, which otherwise would have continued for at least another ten years. The new series immediately captured the public’s attention and many pieces were saved from circulation. In part, this inclination to save rather than spend the coins led to a decline in usage for the denomination, which is now rarely seen within commerce. Nonetheless, Kennedy Half Dollars continue to be minted each year, and the series enjoys a wide collector base.