Today, May 5, the United States Mint began selling rolls and bags of 2022 John F. Kennedy Half Dollars. Honoring the 35th President of the United States, each coin features a portrait of the former President on one side and a rendition of the Presidential Seal on the other.
Offered products are a two-roll set (22KB) for $34.50 and a 200-coin bag (22KA) for $147. The set contains one roll of 20 coins from the Denver Mint and one roll of 20 coins from the Philadelphia Mint. The bag holds 100 coins from the Denver Mint and 100 coins from the Philadelphia Mint. All the coins are struck in circulating finishes that have never been released into circulation.
The U.S. Mint started producing Kennedy Half-dollars in 1964, shortly after the assassination of Kennedy. They have been struck annually ever since. Demand for the coins in circulation eventually slowed, generally leading the Mint since 2002 to issue them for just numismatic purposes, like for these roll and bag products. An exception happed last year, when the Federal Reserve ordered millions of the coins for circulation. (Recent mintages for the halves are offered further below.)
Half Dollar Designs
Obverses or heads side of each half-dollar offer Gilroy Roberts’ left-facing portrait of John F. Kennedy.
Inscriptions around the portrait include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the year, and a mintmark — for this specific release, this means a mintmark of either a ‘P’ for the Philadelphia Mint or a ‘D’ for the Denver Mint.
Reverses show Frank Gasparro’s modified Presidential Seal depiction, which features a heraldic eagle with a shield holding an olive branch and a bundle of 13 arrows. This design has appeared annually on the halves except in years 1975 and 1976 when it was replaced with an image of the Independence Hall of Philadelphia in celebration of the bicentennial founding of the nation.
Reverse inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.
2000 – 2022 Circulating Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages
Recent year production figures for circulating Kennedy half-dollars are shown in the table below. As indicated by the chart, 2021 saw a sizable mintage increase as the Federal Reserve ordered, for the first time in many years, millions of the coins for circulation.
*2022 mintages may not change as half-dollars struck for numismatic purposes are typically produced early in the year. Of course, more may be ordered for circulation which could alter the final total.
As for these specific two-roll sets and 200-coin bags, U.S. Mint sales list the following recent year totals:
- 2019 two-roll sets – 24,132
- 2019 200-coin bags – 11,534
- 2020 two-roll sets – 24,312
- 2020 200-coin bags – 11,776
- 2021 two-roll sets – 21,953
- 2021 200-coin bags – 9,968
Ordering and Limits
Order Kennedy rolls and bags directly from the U.S. Mint’s webpage dedicated to half dollar products.
Product limits of 22,000 of the two-roll sets and 11,000 of the 200-coin bags are listed. No household order limits are in place.
I got the bag and rolls
12:13 and the 200 coin bag is on Remind Me.
That was quick. See there’s demand for half dollars this year.
Plus, there is a big demand for clad this year.
Sir Kaiser, that’s the way you do it
That’s it! Enroll, enroll, enroll!
No kidding, I haven’t seen such interest and demand for US Mint clad coinage as this, hence the reference, 2022 The Year of the Clad. Deez American Women Quarters and American Innovation Dollars are stealing the show.
You got the lowest mintage since 2000
I did not plan on returning until mid June however, I had to share that little exchange I had with the US Mint – with you here – this is total madness.
I’m curious to know your thoughts on the Fake Vermont Innovation Sell Out via enrollments only to have thousands of Rolls and Hundreds of Bags now available on the US Mint website only days after the FAKE SELL OUT.
Will the Fakery ever stop…………………………….
Thankfully, due to the “sold out” of the 2022W ASE, I was easily able to purchase one and it now resides in my collection. What a difference from the 2021W ASE Type 1.
12:30 and the rolls are on Remind Me.
The enrollment page on the mints website shows “add to bag” for the Kennedy rolls and bags. I don’t collect these halves, but I wonder if someone signs up today if they will still get the product.
Never mind. I needed to read the fine print. It starts with the 2023 Kennedys.
East Coast Guru
The mint processes Enrollments around midnight the day of a release. I tried a day of release enrollment for the AWQ 3 coin set for the 1st quarter and it did not work. So the only roll I am missing is the ‘S’, I was able to buy the 2 coin set.
You get the next available product – I babbled about it on an earlier post – however there are no guarantees on anything at the US Mint anymore I think the new US Mint policy is: You get it when you get it and if you don’t get it you didn’t get it – get it The underlying problem here is that the US Mint is a mail order company but the US Mint simply does not function like a mail order company. They don’t even know how to place bubble wrap in a box so that the bubble wrap… Read more »
Well, Tweedy was right about one thing; you old ladies miss all of the pertinent happenings.
I had not planned on commenting here until mid June when the next Women’s quarters are released but I just could not resist sharing a communication between myself and the US Mint today – see image below – an image really is worth a thousand words.
Something smells rotten in Denmark SENZA – well Washington, D.C.
Exactly = WTF just when we thought it was safe to visit the US Mint again
It’s the government, it’s never safe.
It’s a Shot in the Dark Antonio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54LEywabkl4
Try the money shot SENZA
SENSA, you’re certainly not a bot!
Glad you chimed in, I like your comments, I don’t always agree with you. For those I dissent with, you make me see a different point of view. As a past debater that is a good thing.
I’ve been waiting for this notice since I discovered this website.
“we regret to inform you that no live persons are on this website only the Kaiser Bot which went totally bonkers and invented multiple fake personalities for which you have been interacting with for months”
And I have had deep conversations with that US Mint Bot but I did wonder how I got the same girl every time———————-
But But Her name was Theresa, and she told me her birth sign and favorite desert – please tell me it’s not so……………………………………
Happy Cinco De Mayo
That’s one tough Hombre… You’re Back!
Remember safety first – enjoy the celebration
… It’s harder than it looks
Right on Bro,
It gets harder with every transaction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9s_CQx4ylU
That’s why everyone leaves it to the Scots to do it. I can’t stay calm! I’m Scottish!
And she actively responds to fake news
Words to the wise. Ne’er wiser.
I find it hard to comprehend that there is such a shortage of clad coinage in 2022. It began with the quarters and now the half dollar. I wonder if this is a ploy of the US Mint to create a greater demand for the uncirculated set when it comes out. I realize that the half dollars are struck just for collectors, but come, on the clad quarters are being struck by the millions. It seems it is a matter of just packaging additional quarters. An artificial rarity created kind of like Pokémon cards!!!
Exactly, I can’t remember the last time I gave or received any change for anything other than the change I buy from the US Mint and the same goes for cash
I just got my first Sally Ride quarters last weekend.
Holy Lateness Antonio, I have sent the caped crusaders to look into this matter of gross negligence and tardiness.
The US Government is no longer a viable institution rather a broken down machine repeatedly failing to prove it’s usefulness.
May I take a little liberty with the famous JFK quote “Ask Not What the US Mint can do for you … ask What You can Overlook from Them!”
Could anybody help me describe the pleasure one experiences when opening a fresh bag of 200 shiny large half-dollars?
How does “wow, Wow, WOW” describe the experience?
I’d rather open a fresh bag of Morgan dollars left in a bank vault from more than 140 years ago. Now that’s an experience! Not that I’ve ever had one like that though.
Austin — As a kid I went down to my bank and got 2 (nearly my life savings) brand new just wrapped rolls of 1973 Kennedys. I brought them home and immediately (but carefully and not even touching an edge) broke the seal and “poured” them into brand new plastic (screw top) coin tubes. The sound they made as they slid into the tube was almost a rich and deep musical. I’ve only opened the tubes a couple times since … and then just to look at the still-pristine coin on the top. Having been a 9th Grader and vividly… Read more »
Opening a fresh bag of 200 shiny large half-dollars: Priceless!
I do envy you, I have some but I have left them sealed in the mint shipping box. We collect coins differently, but it is tempting to open one. Enjoy those 200 coins, I bet they are beautiful.
My Negro League silver dollars with the Privy mark have been shipped.
Good going Allan 🙂
Mine has been charged overnight but no mailing info yet.
Now just received shipment details from Mint. Waiting on the second order shipping details the of half dollar NLB coins now.
I got a 2022 half dollar from my bank today. Exciting!