The United States Mint today at noon ET began offering bags and rolls of 2010 Kennedy Half Dollars.
Kennedy 50c pieces are unique in that the US Mint no longer produces them for use in every day change, but instead for collectors in circulation strike condition.
Demand, therefore, is dictated by the quantities of bags and rolls sold directly by the Mint to interested buyers, and not by orders placed from American banks.
In 2008, the Mint struck 1.7 million 2008-D and 1.7 million 2008-P Kennedy Half Dollars. It had to increase production in 2009 as demand rose, helped in part by the focus on the Kennedy family following the passing of Ted Kennedy on August 26, 2009. The mintage levels increased to 1.9 million at each Mint facility.
The 2010 half-dollars are "available in a two-roll set containing 20 circulating quality coins per roll — one each from the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver," the Mint notes in a press announcement. The coins are wrapped in specially designed United States Mint paper coin wrap, which displays a "P" or "D," representing the roll’s mint of origin, and "$10," representing the dollar value of its contents."
The price for each two-roll set is $32.95, plus shipping and handling.
The Kennedy Half-Dollars are also available in quantities of 200 coins within bags marked "with a "P" and "D" representing both mints of origin and the dollar value of $100." An equal amount of Philadelphia and Denver struck coins are in each bag for $130.95.
Kennedy Half-Dollar Order Information
The offerings are available directly from the Mint, online at:
Orders may also be placed by calling the Mint’s toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). There is no order limit on these products.
The half dollar features a 1963 portrait of President John F. Kennedy by Gilroy Roberts. The reverse, or tails side, depicts Frank Gasparro’s heraldic eagle with shield, reminiscent of the presidential seal.