2016 Kennedy Half-Dollars Available in Rolls and Bags

by Rhonda Kay on February 24, 2016 · 5 comments

As of today, Feb. 24, the United States Mint is selling rolls and bags of circulating-quality 2016 P&D Kennedy half-dollars.

Rolls and bags of 2016 Kennedy-half-dollars

The United States Mint is now selling rolls and bags of 2016 John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars

For $139.95, buyers can get a 200-coin canvas bag evenly mixed with half-dollars from the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. Then, for $32.95, there is a set with one 20-coin roll from each facility. The 50-cent pieces have either the ‘P’ or ‘D’ mint mark to denote their origin, and the same goes for their U.S. Mint-branded packaging.

While both current product options include circulating-quality half-dollars, none of them have entered circulation. Federal Reserve Banks, some time back, stopped ordering Kennedy half-dollars. In fact, since 2002, the U.S. Mint has only produced them for coin collector sales. The table below illustrates how 50c mintages have mostly declined since that change.

2000 – 2016 Kennedy Half-Dollar Mintages

Total Mintage
2000 42,070,000
2001 40,700,000
2002 5,600,000
2003 5,000,000
2004 5,800,000
2005 7,300,000
2006 4,400,000
2007 4,800,000
2008 3,400,000
2009 3,800,000
2010 3,500,000
2011 3,450,000
2012 3,500,000
2013 9,600,000
2014 4,600,000
2015 4,600,000
2016 4,900,000


The 4.9 million mintage total of 2016 Kennedy half-dollars includes 2.1 million from Denver and 2.8 million from Philadelphia. Those figures are through January, but the amount produced early in a year is usually enough to satisfy collector demand for all of it.


Online orders for rolls and bags of half-dollars are being accepted directly from the U.S. Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov, with a link to its 50-cent products right here. Place phone orders at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

There are no household ordering limits.

Recent Sales of 50c Rolls and Bags

The U.S. Mint continues to sell 2015-dated half-dollars. The following table offers the latest sales figures for them as of Feb. 21, plus those of other 50-cent roll and bag products since 2011.

  Latest Sales Total Coins
2015 P&D 200-Coin Bag 12,118 3,434,880
2015 P&D Two-Roll Set 25,282
2014 P&D 200-Coin Bag 12,967 3,806,640
2014 P&D Two-Roll Set 30,331
2013 P&D 200-Coin Bag 9,980 2,992,720
2013 P&D Two-Roll Set 24,918
2012 P&D 200-Coin Bag 10,323 3,415,240
2012 P&D Two-Roll Set 33,766
2011 P&D 200-Coin Bag 9,455 3,002,280
2011 P&D Two-Roll Set 27,782


Additionally, the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy 50c Silver Coin Collection is still available for $99.95. Its sales are at 220,741.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling February 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Rhonda (Kay) Unser –

Thanks for a great, concise article with all of the interesting stats about the circulating-quality Kennedy half dollars! The numbers are interesting to look at all in one place for sure & it is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since the Federal Reserve Banks ordered any of these coins for circulation (except in 2013) .
If anyone wonders why the mintage number for the 2013 Kennedy half dollars is so very high at 9.6 million coins compared to other years, here is the story:
As Rhonda (Kay) Unser explains in her comprehensive article, the Fed stopped ordering half dollars for circulation at the end of 2001 because banks didn’t need any because the public wasn’t using them in circulation much & even Las Vegas banks & casinos had enough (and still do) for the few slot machines that take the half dollars (I know from personal experience going on family & friends vacations there 12 years in a row from 1992-2003 & most slots in Vegas now don’t take any coins, but use paper vouchers or plastic casino cards). But, in 2013 the U.S. Mint received an order for 6 million Kennedy half dollars directy from the Fed & they minted them. When the Mint contacted the Fed to arrange delivery of the coins, the Fed realized someone there had made a major error when inputting their computer-based order for circulating coins & had ordered 6 million Kennedy half dollars by mistake! The Mint had already produced the approximately 3 million coins they usually needed for numismatic program sales & were stuck holding the rest. Amazing story in these modern-day computer ordering times for such Fed systems for sure.
Thanks again Ms. Unser for updating us on one of our most beloved USA coins.


Seth Riesling February 24, 2016 at 11:45 pm

The newest U.S. Mint product (related in a way to President Kennedy) was offered for the first time today Wednesday February 24 starting st 3pm Eastern time. It is the bronze version medals of the Congressional Gold Medal issued earlier today by a congressional delegation in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center to the “Foot Soldiers” of the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march for voter’s rights in 1965. President Kennedy worked with Congress on the details of what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964 & the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since Kennedy was sadly assassinated before these pieces of legislation passed in their final form, the new President LBJ carried on Kennedy’s legacy & signed both pieces of legislation into Public Law in 1964 & 1965.
February is Black History Month in the USA & these bronze medals offered by the U.S. Mint in 3-inch & 1.5-inch versions pay tribute to all people of all races who made these civil rights all of our important rights here in the U.S.A.


Tinto February 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

I’ve already ordered the 3 inch medal of the Selma Foot Soldiers .. I saw an article in another blog with pics and I liked the designs. Too bad the obverse wasn’t used for the CRA commemorative … but then this is the Mint we’re talking about .. it would be expecting too much ..

Seth Riesling February 25, 2016 at 12:52 am

Tinto –

I too really like the design of this newest bronze version of the Congressional Gold Medal for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 “Foot Soldiers”. I collect certain medals almost as much as coins, because oftentimes medal designs are actually better than some legal tender coin designs! I agree with you that the Mint’s 2014 CRA 50th anniversary commemorative silver $1 coin obverse design was not good (you can’t even read all the words on the sign the guy is carrying, & if someone doesn’t know their civil rights history they might not get it that it is supposed to be “We Shall Overcome” (the top of the first two words are cut off on the coin design. Also as a funny thing, the Caucasian woman depicted on the obverse looks like that nerdy girl on Scooby Doo cartoons! Lol) Although I do like the torch & flames reverse design on that coin. I only bought 2 Proof & 2 Uncirculated versions during the one-month discount period. But towards the end of the year I was noticing how low the sales of the Uncirculated version were, so I bought 2 more of the Uncirculated versions & glad I did since the mintage is just under 25,000 ! A fairly low mintage for a modern commemorative silver $1 coin. The Mint was supposed to produce a “Civil Rights Tell Your Story” special set that year, but due to low sales of the single versions didn’t offer that set unfortunately & the program didn’t even cover all expenses & the charities didn’t get the surcharges the Mint charges us collectors/customers (& the surcharges are NOT deductible according to a ruling by the IRS since they are collected by the Mint & forwarded to a third party). I read that in Coin World newspaper way back in 1982 when the “modern” commemorative coin programs began again after a 28-year absence.

Happy collecting Tinto!


Joe February 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

I receive the P & D rolls every year as part of my subscription plan.

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