50th Anniversary Kennedy Silver Collection Release

by Mike Unser on October 28, 2014 · 57 comments

The last of three United States Mint products to celebrate the semicentennial of the Kennedy half-dollar launches today at noon EDT for $99.95. With four silver coins in four different finishes and from each of the four U.S. Mint production facilities, this latest release is expected to quickly outsell the other two anniversary products combined.

50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection and Coins

Coins of the 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Collection

Officially dubbed the 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection, encapsulated and held within its embossed faux leather folder are:

  • 2014-W Reverse Proof Kennedy Silver Half-Dollar
  • 2014-P Proof Kennedy Silver Half-Dollar
  • 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Silver Half-Dollar
  • 2014-D Uncirculated Kennedy Silver Half-Dollar

Designated mint marks by the dates correspond to the coin’s production facility in West Point, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver. To know where a coin was made, look for its mint mark below the portrait of Kennedy.

Original 1964 Designs

Kennedy half-dollars debuted in 1964 with designs bearing Gilroy Roberts’ portrait of President John F. Kennedy and Frank Gasparro’s rendition of the Presidential Seal. Reverses have remained unchanged over the years but Kennedy’s portrait was modified significantly in the 1990s.

Keep that in mind because the United States Mint has produced 13 different half-dollars in 2014. Six are standard annual issues and carry the modified or "modern" portrait of Kennedy. The other 7 are unique to this year, are only sold within 50th Anniversary Kennedy products, and only they feature a restored 1964 Kennedy portrait.

Changes in Design of Kennedy Half-Dollars

The portrait on Kennedy half-dollars has changed over the years. When comparing the original design (left) to modern issues (center and right), there are sharp differences around the hair, eyes, nose, chin, and cheek. The original obverse design was restored for the new 50th anniversary Kennedy half-dollars.

Unique Coin Finishes

Two of the four coins in the collection are more unique because of their finishes. The reverse proof swaps the characteristics of standard proofs by having mirror-like raised elements contrast against flat frosted fields.

2014-W Reverse Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coins

Photos of 2014-W Reverse Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coins taken at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point where they are produced.

The enhanced uncirculated coin includes special wire brushing techniques, varying levels of laster frosting and laser polishing.

2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin - Obverse and Reverse

Photos of two 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coins taken in the San Francisco Mint where they are produced

CoinNews discussed the coin’s special enhancements a few days ago, and this graphic summarizes them again:

Treatment for the 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar

Treatments for the 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Silver Half-Dollar: Yellow = Enhanced Wire Brushing; Purple = Heavy Laser Frosting; Blue = Standard Laser Frosting; and White = Laser Polished

Limits, Melt Value and Coin Specifications

There are some recent U.S. Mint-imposed restrictions to sales of the collection, including a 300,000 product limit and a household order limit of five.

Coins are struck in 10% copper and 90% silver, bringing the collection’s silver weight to 1.44 troy ounces. At the London silver price on Monday of $17.18 an ounce, each half-dollar has a melt value of $6.19. And based on the $99.95 price of the collection, each coin’s premium above melt is $18.82.

Half-dollars have a diameter of 1.205 inches and weigh 12.500 grams.

Ordering

50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collections may be ordered online from the Mint here, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection

U.S. Mint image of its 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection

Along with the coins and folder, the product ships with a certificate of authenticity and a booklet about the development and design of the half-dollars. As shown in the packaging image, coins are positioned to show their obverse. The back of each coin can is visible only by removing the capsule from the packaging.

Related Articles

For additional background, three past CoinNews’ articles that relate to this collection are:

Other 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Products

Two other anniversary half-dollar products have been released by the Mint this year. They include:

  • 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin on Aug. 5
  • 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set on July 24.

The first, priced at $1,202.50, is a dual-dated 1964-2014 coin struck in 24-karat gold. The second, priced at $9.95, includes a clad 2014-P Kennedy half-dollar from Philadelphia and a clad 2014-D Kennedy half-dollar from Denver. The latest U.S. Mint sales figures as of Oct. 19 have the gold coin at 64,303 units and the two-coin clad set at 134,631 units.

Here’s a grid listing some of the essentials of all 2014-dated Kennedy coins:

Thirteen 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollars

  Unique to 50th Anniversary Associated Product Composition Product Limit Release Date
2014-W Proof Gold 50c Yes, original 1964 portrait Individually Sold .9999 Gold None Aug. 5
2014-P Proof Silver 50c 2014 Kennedy Silver Coin Collection 90% Silver, 10% Copper 300,000 Oct 28
2014-W Reverse Proof Silver 50c
2014-D Uncirculated Silver 50c
2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Silver 50c
2014-P Uncirculated Clad 50c 2014 Kennedy Two-Coin Clad Set 8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper 200,000 Jul 24
2014-D Uncirculated Clad 50c
2014-S Proof Silver 50c No, regular annual issue 2014 Silver Proof Set / 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set 90% Silver, 10% Copper None Apr 29 / TBD
2014-S Proof Clad 2014 Proof Set 8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper None Mar 25
2014-P Uncirculated Clad 50c 2014 Mint Set None May 13
2014-D Uncirculated Clad 50c
2014-P Circulating Quality Clad 50c 2014 Kennedy 50c Rolls and Bags None Feb 13
2014-D Circulating Quality Clad 50c

 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

James November 1, 2014 at 10:12 pm

HAAA! I gotta send in my 2 cents…. get it? Hehe, My two that I ordered hour and a half confirmed another hour said it shipped….. BUMBUMBUM, is sittin in my post office baba. I b pickin it up Monday.
Though, you all were correct, when stating, “this also has been one of my most convenient purchases, presented to me the purchaser!”
Here’s the pickel I just heared that matching grade inside the 4 back is very difficult, IF a good 68, 69, or really rare 70?? Anybody hear that?

Stuart Wheeler November 2, 2014 at 6:41 am

Received my 4 coin set just yesterday (Nov. 1st) and I was impressed overall with the quality of the silver pieces. HOWEVER, I have an issue with the 2014-S enhanced unc. coin: The obverse is enhanced but on the reverse, the enhanced details just are not there; it’s all uniform uncirculated luster similar to what would be found on the reverse of a MS68 Morgan silver dollar from San Francisco. I guess I’m the only one as luck would have it to have an oddball in the set, although, I won’t return it. I might order a second set if they’re still for sale. For what it’s worth….

Jp November 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

StuartW. How did did pop those coins out of the packaging without wrecking anything?

Stuart Wheeler November 3, 2014 at 7:33 am

VERY, VERY VERY carefully with my fingers; if I failed that, I would use a pointed small knife. As stated earlier, I’ve ordered a second set to see if I would get a normal enhanced 2014-S Kennedy.

anne November 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Anybody figured out whether the finish on the reverse of each is corresponding?

It’s a struggle to get the coins out. Right now I’m trying pressing down on one side and using a small plastic knife to get under the capsule. Not sure pressing down does any good but seems logical!

Also seems to me the Union Shield on the reverse is not symmetrical on the edges. The lateral stripes length should be equal. Either that or I need new eyeglasses.

Appreciate feedback.

Al November 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

I used a small letter opener to remove the plastic cases out. It’s not sharp so it minimizes any possibility of damaging anything. Very gently slide it under the edge of the case (there’s a recess point in the holder at each coin) and gently rock it back and forth until the plastic case pops out. Yes, this is the tightest presentation case I’ve seen. Usually they come out easier.

Jp November 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Thanks. I will give it a try. These coins are so secured in there it is ridiculous. The packaging from the Mint is nice and all, but really they could do less and no one would care . It’s the coins I am interested in. Those boxes take up an enormous amount of room.

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