2013 Kennedy Half-Dollars in Rolls and Bags

by Mike Unser on June 21, 2013 · 7 comments

On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the United States Mint began selling rolls and bags of 2013 Kennedy half-dollars.

2013 Kennedy Half-Dollars, Rolls and Bag

2013 Kennedy half-dollar products went on sale June 20

Price points vary with bags containing 200 coins at $139.95 and 20-coin rolls sold in units of two for $32.95. Half of the coins in each product option are produced at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia while the other half are struck at the Denver Mint.

"Each coin roll in the two-roll set is wrapped in a United States Mint paper coin wrap that displays a ‘P’ or ‘D’ for its mint of origin and ‘$10′ for its face value," the U.S. Mint described in a news release. "Each bag is marked with a ‘P’ and ‘D’ for the mints of origin and ‘$100′ for the face value of its contents."

All of the half-dollars are in circulating quality, the same as if produced for commerce. But since 2002, none have been delivered to the Federal Reserve for banks to order so you won’t see them in pocket change. The U.S. Mint produces enough to meet collector demand, making them available through numismatic products only.

Past Mintages

Coin production figures show plummeting half-dollar mintages after their circulation distribution ended in 2001. Annual mintage totals have steadied in recent years, hovering around the 3.5 million mark.

2000 – 2013 Kennedy Half-Dollar Mintages

  Denver Mint Philadelphia Mint Total Mintage
2000 19,470,000 22,600,000 42,070,000
2001 19,500,000 21,200,000 40,700,000
2002 2,500,000 3,100,000 5,600,000
2003 2,500,000 2,500,000 5,000,000
2004 2,900,000 2,900,000 5,800,000
2005 3,500,000 3,800,000 7,300,000
2006 2,000,000 2,400,000 4,400,000
2007 2,400,000 2,400,000 4,800,000
2008 1,700,000 1,700,000 3,400,000
2009 1,900,000 1,900,000 3,800,000
2010 1,700,000 1,800,000 3,500,000
2011 1,700,000 1,750,000 3,450,000
2012 1,700,000 1,800,000 3,500,000
2013* 1,800,000 1,800,000 3,600,000

 

*Though unlikely, demand could push mintages higher for 2013.

Recent Numismatic Product Sales

In addition to this year’s coin, the U.S. Mint continues to offer 2012 Kennedy half-dollars. Bags of them sold out earlier this year but rolls remain available. The following table offers sales of 2011- and 2012-dated 50-cent pieces through to Sunday, June 16, 2013.

  Latest Sales Total Coins Notes
2012 P&D 200-Coin Bag 10,323 2,994,000 NLA*
2012 P&D Two-Roll Set 23,235  
2011 P&D 200-Coin Bag 9,455 3,002,280 NLA
2011 P&D Two-Roll Set 27,782 NLA

 

*NLA = No Longer Available.

Ordering Rolls and Bags

Rolls and bags of Kennedy half-dollars are available through the U.S. Mint website on this product page.

Orders may also be placed by calling the Mint’s toll-free number at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). There are no household ordering limits.

Other U.S. Mint Products Containing 50c

The U.S. Mint also produces Kennedy half-dollars in uncirculated and proof qualities. These are offered with other 2013-dated coins in annual sets. The products include:

  • the 2013 Proof Set that debuted on March 28 for $31.95,
  • the 2013 Silver Proof Set that launched on May 2 for $60.95 and
  • the 2013 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set that went on sale June 4 for $27.95.

Coins in the Proof Set and Silver Proof Set are struck at the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco and have a "S" mint mark. The uncirculated coins in the 2013 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set are produced in Philadelphia and Denver and carry the same mint marks as the coins found in rolls and bags.

Silver Kennedy Halves

Circulating-quality Kennedy halves when introduced in 1964 were produced in 90% silver while those from 1965 to 1970 were struck in 40% silver. Many of these silver half-dollars have little to no numismatic worth and are now sold and purchased simply for their melt value. Even with silver plunging to below $20 an ounce, a single Kennedy half-dollar from 1964 has a calculated melt value of over $7. One from 1965-1970 has a melt value of nearly $3.

Today, 90% silver halves are available in the aforementioned Silver Proof Sets.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

David Claus June 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

For the 2011 half, can you help me get the math to add up. It looks like they sold roughly 2,000,000 halves in 10K of the 200 coin bags, another 1,000,000 in 25K of the 40 coin roll sets, and another 1,000,000 in the 500K mint sets that were sold that year. That adds up to 4M but they also say they old made about 3.5M that year.

Vachon June 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’m still trying to figure out why (and I don’t know if they do this anymore) you could buy dollar coins at face value from the mint but you can’t buy half-dollars from the mint at face value. One would think it would help the coins, at least in principle, circulate since banks and Federal offices like the USPS are not compelled to order/use them.

Tim June 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

David – A subtle but interesting point I believe. Note the mintage is for “circulating” quality coins. However since they are no longer released by the government into circulation, they can all be potentially “uncirculated” coins. However, beginning in 2005 the Mint began creating uncirculated mints sets with a difference finish than the circulating coins. So two different coins. Watch out for this in the AE dollars. The bullion coins are being sold by the millions as uncirculated but then the Mint also makes their uncirculated version. Big difference in mintages; buyers beware.
Vachon – The Mint stopped the dollars at face value some time ago. Long story but all over the internet if you are interested. A supply and demand story that made the Mint look bad. Now they are just like the halves, collectors only. See that some Senators want to make another run now at forcing these on us.

Tim June 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

P. S. – I looked at an uncirculated halve from a bag and one in a mint set and I can see the difference in the finish.
Same with the AE silver dollar; compared a bullion uncirculated dollar with the Mint uncirculated dollar. Difference is very clear to me; but only if you put them side by side. Again, my opinion only – buyer beware – know exactly what you are getting.

Vachon June 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

@Tim : I heard about the airlines miles scam people were doing with them. I guess I’m just offended these coins are made for way less than face value and yet are sold to collectors only at inflated costs instead of to “circulators” at face value to spend around towns. One would think there would be enough of “us” to get the denomination circulating, albeit lightly, again. I do what I can at work but the shift I do means I can only give out about $20 a week in halves in change (my bank will get them for me).

Vachon June 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

P.S. @Tim : I would prefer to give out newer ones if only to show that the coin still exists. Handing out ones from the 1970s and 1980s suggests the coin has long since ceased to be made. It would be nice to be able to bring in rolls of the current year but the mint will not oblige unfortunately.

Peter November 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

How can I buy 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Kennedy half dollar coins from Denver and Philadelphia mints?

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