Coin collecting products featuring rolls and bags of circulating quality 2013 Kennedy half-dollars are available Thursday, June 20, 2013.
In a news announcement late last week, the United States Mint noted the new Kennedy half-dollars would be available in two-roll sets with 40 coins and in bags with 200 coins. These are the same product options offered for last year’s coins. Pricing is the same as well.
Bags will cost $139.95 each. With the face value of a bag at $100, the premium for one is $39.95 for about 70¢ per coin. Half of the coins are struck at the US Mint facility in Philadelphia and the other half come from the US Mint facility in Denver.
Two-roll sets will be $32.95 each. The face value of each is $20, giving one a premium $12.95 for about $1.64 per coin. The rolls also have equal amounts of half-dollars from Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint.
The Philadelphia and Denver Mints are the two U.S. Mint facilities responsible for striking all the circulating coins for the United States. In the case of the Kennedy half-dollars though, they are no longer issued for commerce. They are only made for collectors since the need for them in circulation dwindled.
Current production figures from the US Mint show it has produced a total of 3.6 million half-dollars, equally split between the Denver and Philadelphia Mints. Last year the production total ended at 3.5 million. Though bags of 2012 Kennedy half-dollars have sold out, the US Mint continues to offer last year’s coins in two-roll sets.
Found on the obverse of the half-dollars is a 1963 portrait of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Gilroy Roberts. Surrounding the portrait are the inscriptions LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the year 2013 and a mint mark of D or P.
The reverse design, by Frank Gasparro, is based on the presidential seal and consists of a heraldic eagle with a shield on its breast. The eagle is holding an olive branch and a bundle of 13 arrows. A ring of 50 stars surrounds the design. Around the starts are inscriptions reading UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.
In a bit of history, Kennedy halves in 1964 were struck in 90% silver while Kennedy halves in 1965-1970 were produced in 40% silver. These were in circulation grades. Today, 90% collector versions are available through the annual US Mint Silver Proof Sets.
When released at noon ET on the 20th, place orders for 2013 Kennedy Half-Dollars at the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).