This is the first of three articles about the 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin. This first piece offers a simple photo overview of the coin. The next one discusses its laser and polishing treatments. The final article is about its production at the San Francisco Mint.
Anticipating is building for the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection. This third and final product which celebrates the semicentennial of the Kennedy half-dollar features four 90% silver coins — all with a restored portrait of Kennedy, each struck at a different U.S. Mint production facility, and two having unique finishes not found on standard coinage.
Priced at $99.95 with 150,000 readied for immediate shipment beginning on Oct. 28 — the set’s release date, the collection includes:
- one 2014-D Uncirculated Kennedy Half-Dollar from the U.S. Mint at Denver
- one 2014-P Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia
- one 2014-W Reverse Proof Kennedy Half-Dollar from the U.S. Mint at West Point (See photos of the reverse proof)
- one 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Half Dollar from the U.S. Mint at San Francisco
In an upcoming article, we’ll talk about the production of the 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin as well as its various laser and polishing treatments. Today, we offer several photos and video of the coins that were taken earlier this month during our visit to the San Francisco Mint where they are produced.
First, here is a photo of the obverse or heads side. In addition to bearing a restored portrait of Kennedy, it features a heavier laser frosting treatment in areas of the effigy, lettering, and border.
Below is a photo of the reverse or tails side. The lettering and border received a heavy laser frosting treatment. Other elements of the eagle received a standard (moderate) laser frosting treatment to enhance details. The stars received a laser polish technique to accentuate them against the field. All treatments are exceptional when looking at them through a loupe. Some are subtle to the naked eye because of the coin’s size.
These next few photos offer views of the half-dollar from varying angles.
Finally, here is a quick video of the coins: