Rolls and bags of United States Mint 2021 John F. Kennedy Half Dollars became available for ordering today at noon EDT. The 50-cent coins feature the classic 1964 portrait of the 35th President of the United States.
Priced at $34.50, the two-roll set includes two 20-coin rolls with one containing coins produced at the Philadelphia Mint and one holding coins struck at the Denver Mint. Available for $147.00, the 200-coin bag includes 100 halves produced at each of the aforementioned U.S. Mint facilities. All of the coins are minted in circulation quality, but have never actually been issued into circulation.
Kennedy halves first appeared in 1964 shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy. Their obverse (head side) portrait was created by Gilroy Roberts.
The effigy is surrounded by inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the year and a mintmark — in this case, a ‘P’ or ‘D’ to indicate the production facility of Philadelphia or Denver.
Reverses (tails side) offer a modified Presidential Seal design by Frank Gasparro. This image also debuted on the 1964 half dollar and has appeared annually with the exception of 1975-1976 when an image of Independence Hall of Philadelphia was used. Inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.
Beginning in 2002, low demand for the coins in circulation led to them only being minted for numismatic purposes. The table below shows U.S. Mint circulating mintages for the coin since 2000:
2000 – 2021 Circulating Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages
*The mintage total for 2021 probably will not change since half dollars are produced solely for numismatic purposes and their production is typically completed early in the year.
Recent Sales of 50c Rolls and Bags
U.S. Mint sales figures for the half-dollar coins in the last couple of years are as follows:
- 2020 200-Coin Bags – 11,662
- 2020 2-Rolls Sets – 24,312
- 2019 200-Coin Bags – 11,534
- 2019 2-Roll Sets – 24,132
- 2018 200-Coin Bags – 9,442
- 2018 2-Roll Sets – 22,622
Order the rolls and bags directly from the U.S. Mint’s webpage dedicated to half dollars. They have no household, product or mintage limits.