Marking the 50th anniversary of the series, the United States Mint has released rolls and bags of circulating-quality 2014 P&D Kennedy half-dollars.
Two-roll sets, sold for $32.95, include one roll with 20 coins from the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia and one roll of 20 coins from the U.S. Mint facility in Denver. Buyers have the choice of production facility with a 200-coin bag option offered for $139.95. These prices are the same as last year’s rolls and bags.
While both products include circulating-quality Kennedy half-dollars, none of the coins have actually been issued into circulation. In fact, the United States Mint stopped striking halves for circulation back in 2002. It makes and offers the rolls and bags only for coin collectors. Mintages have drastically declined ever since.
2000 – 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollar Mintages
*Production spiked in 2013 because there was a large order for the coins, though it was later canceled. Million of them are now in vaults, presumably. **The mintage total for 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollars is through to the month of January. The amount produced early is usually enough to satisfy collector demand for the entire year. Last August, the Philadelphia Mint was already making hubs and dies to strike this year’s halves.
As mentioned, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Kennedy half-dollar. They first appeared in 1964 just a few months after the assassination of the man they honor, President John F. Kennedy. With that in mind, it is not unreasonable to expect demand for the coins will heighten with the semicentennial.
50th Anniversary Kennedy 50c Sets, 24K Gold Kennedy 50c and Regular Kennedy Products
In addition to these rolls and bags and regular annual products that include the coin, expectations are for the U.S. Mint to release 50th anniversary Kennedy half-dollar sets and perhaps a 24-karat gold 50c, priced around $1,200- $1,300, which the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed mock-up images of on Tuesday.
A Mint survey sent out in late January presented special four-coin anniversary sets that could include halves with varying finishes from all four U.S. Mint production facilities — San Francisco, West Point, Philadelphia and Denver. A clad set could be about $15 and a silver set about $100. Interestingly, the responsibility that is traditionally assigned to facilities for producing proof and uncirculated coins could be mixed around.
Until the release of any anniversary related item, however, collectors may only satisfy their semicentennial demand with known products to include the rolls and bags as well as several other annual sets. Available 2014 products with Kennedy halves include the 2014 Birth Set and 2014 Happy Birthday Coin Set, each released on Jan. 14 and priced at $19.95. Both contain clad proof Kennedy half-dollar from San Francisco. Upcoming regular annual products with at least one of the coins include:
- the 2014 Proof Set that is expected out on March 25 for $31.95,
- the 2014 Silver Proof Set that should launch in May for $43.95,
- the 2014 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set that should launch in May for $27.95, and
- the 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set that should launch in May for $139.95
Coins in the Proof Set and Silver Proof Set are struck at the San Francisco Mint and have an "S" mint mark. Kennedy halves in the Silver Proof Sets are composed from 90% silver. The uncirculated halves in the 2013 Mint Uncirculated Coin Set are produced in Philadelphia and Denver and carry the same mint marks as those found in rolls and bags.
Ordering Rolls and Bags
Rolls and bags of 2014 P&D Kennedy half-dollars are available through the U.S. Mint website on this product page.
Orders are also accepted by calling the Mint’s toll-free number at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). No household ordering limits have been established.
Recent Product Sales
In addition to this year’s coin in rolls and bags, the United States Mint continues to offer 2012 and 2013 Kennedy half-dollars. Bags of them sold out earlier but rolls remain available. The following table offers sales of 2011 through 2013 50-cent pieces as of Sunday, Feb. 9, 20143.
|Latest Sales||Total Coins||Notes|
|2013 P&D 200-Coin Bag||9,979||2,862,000|
|2013 P&D Two-Roll Set||21,655|
|2012 P&D 200-Coin Bag||10,323||3,328,760||NLA|
|2012 P&D Two-Roll Set||31,604|
|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.