JFK Half-Dollars Dominate Coin News… Again


Stories about semicentennial half-dollars with their restored portrait of John F. Kennedy have dominated coin news for three straight weeks. Of the more than four-dozen articles on this site since the 20th, those with "Kennedy" in the headlines have captured the greatest attention.

1964-2014 Proof 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coins - Obverse and Reverse Sides
Photos of 1964-2014 Proof 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coins taken in the West Point Mint where they are produced

Last week’s five most read were about Kennedy gold coins. That won’t be the case a week from now. With the 50th anniversary clad sets and gold coins now released, expect the buzz surrounding JKF hald-dollars to retreat until this fall when the U.S. Mint launches its four-coin silver set of Kennedy halves. Here are those articles that readers found most interesting:

  1. 1964-2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Gold Coin Launches – The United States Mint released the most anticipated gold product of the year, its dual-dated 1964-2014 Proof 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coin. Sold for $1,240.00, the gold coin is the second of three products issued for 2014 to celebrate the…

  2. First Four Kennedy Gold Coins Sell for $20K, PCGS Certifies First Six – Today was abuzz with stories about newly released Kennedy gold coins, the premium collectibles sold by the United States Mint to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar. Collectors spent a good deal of time waiting to place their order online and by phone, but many waited longer to pick them up in person…

  3. JFK Gold Coins Score First-Day Sales of 56,694; Hitting $70.3M – First-day sales of the gold coin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar reached 56,694 units, or $70.3 million, the United States Mint announced Wednesday morning. The U.S. Mint earlier said that it would have 40,000 coins readied for delivery on opening day…

  4. US Mint Suspends In-Person Kennedy Gold Coin Sales – This afternoon the United States Mint announced that for safety reasons it has suspended in-person sales of dual-dated 1964-2014 Proof 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coins. It also addressed questions about the Mint’s ability to meet demand for the coins…

  5. 2014 Silver Maple Leaf Features Chicago ANA Privy Mark – Now available from the Royal Canadian Mint is its 2014 Silver Maple Leaf with an ANA Privy Mark. Limited to 7,500 and struck in 99.99% pure silver, the one-ounce coin is issued to celebrate the Royal Canadian Mint’s attendance at the ongoing 2014 Chicago American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money…

This week on CoinNews.net, look for articles about production figures, upcoming auctions, new world coins, the West Point Mint, and wrap-up stories about Kennedy gold coins and the 2014 Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money.

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N. Yadgarov

The first Kennedy gold half dollar that sold on opening day Tuesday August 5, 2014 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois was graded perfect PGCS PF-70 and was quickly resold for an outrageous $100,000 by the Coin Vault. Read all about it at


The lack of a maximum mintage, coupled with no pre-set ordering window essentially destroyed the after market for the Kennedy gold before it was even sold. The so-called “first strike” or “early release” slabbed coins is a pure sham, and, as evidenced by the scammers on Ebay, they’re asking a fortune but are finding few takers. Sadly, the U.S. Mint completely bungled this one. Too bad, because the coin itself is a beaut. If you didn’t get one yet, wait six months, maybe a year, and I predict you’ll be able to get one for less than the issue price… Read more »


I’d rather they bungle a release this way than the way they bungled the gold BB HoF release earlier. At least this way more people get the coin in their collections at a reasonable price (at this time).


I agree with FreeThinker wholeheartedly. (Making me a non Free thinker?)


There are a pair of FS 70 DCAM’s on Ebay…each going for well over 3K; each has at least 16 bids. But all of the higher bids are from 2-3 bidders, indicating pumping going on in hopes of reeling in a mark. Unfortunately, some poor soul is going to hook, thinking there is high demand when in reality, there is not. And Brian, you are hereby awarded FreeThinker in Perpituity!