Learn about the Coinage Act of 1965 and how it impacted American coinage and half-dollars

What to Know About the Coinage Act of 1965

In the early 1960s, the U.S. faced a dwindling supply of silver that threatened to elevate the demand of coins such as the dime and quarter—coins that at the time contained actual silver—beyond their face value. The Coinage Act of 1965 aimed to address this shortage. This silver shortage spurred people to hoard significant amounts…