2011 Kennedy Half Dollar Bags and Rolls

Sales of the 2011 Kennedy Half Dollar bags and rolls will begin at the US Mint on February 15, 2011 at 12:00 Noon ET.

A 200-coin bag will be available, which includes 100 coins each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. The bag is marked with the date, mint marks “P” and “D”, and the $100 face value. The US Mint price is $134.95, which represents an increase of $4.00 from last year’s price.

The available two-roll set will include one 20-coin roll each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. A change has been made to the wrapper design. Previously it was blue colored and included an image of the coin’s obverse. The new wrappers seem to just include “2011 Kennedy Half Dollar $10” and the mint mark. Perhaps the US Mint’s new logo also appears on the other side. Pricing is $34.95 per two roll set, representing an increase of $2 from the previous year.

This will be the tenth year that the half dollar denomination has not been issued for circulation, but only distributed through numismatic products. The production levels for Kennedy Half Dollars from 2002-2011 are shown below.

2002-2011 Kennedy Half Dollars

P D
2002 3,100,000 2,500,000
2003 2,500,000 2,500,000
2004 2,900,000 2,900,000
2005 3,800,000 3,500,000
2006 2,400,000 2,000,000
2007 2,400,000 2,400,000
2008 1,700,000 1,700,000
2009 1,900,000 1,900,000
2010 1,800,000 1,700,000
2011* 1,700,000 1,750,000

*Production for the year to date.

Although these mintages are low when compared to other circulating coins, the thing to remember is that virtually the entire amount was originally distributed to coin collectors or coin dealers. With this kind of targeted distribution at a premium to face value, the coins are much more likely to remain available when compared to coins that were broadly distributed for circulation.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Maybe time to replace JFK with RWR (Ronald Raegan)?
    Tear down that wall!
    I do like the reverse of the JFK and hope we keep it around.
    If I am remembering correctly, there was a special exception to issuing the JFK since the existing Franklin 1/2 was not around long enough. Are there plans for Reagan coinage?

  2. JA says

    I am a fan of the Kennedy half dollar coin and would love to see it remain as is (though I am a fan of Reagan too).

    I have been collecting these for a couple of years and will be doing so again this year.

  3. Anonymous says

    I am a big fan of the Kennedy half dollar. Mainly because of its design and the man that the coin memorializes. The legislation for the coin states the Kennedy series will end in 2014 with a fifty year run. The mint would make me very happy if they produced a 2014 gold matte finished Kennedy half (similar to the 1998 SMS) to end the series. In my opinion, a collection of the silver proofs, the Silver 1998 SMS, and a 2014 SMS Gold half would be an amazing tribute. Additionally, some of the early issues (64 Accented Hair, 65-66-67 SMS Cameos) are prizes as well. I've heard talk of Reagan replacing Kennedy on the half after 2014. I have also heard talk about reviving the Franklin half and a five coin Thomas Edison series for the half. As for the rolls…I've been buying the rolls every year and the mintages are attractive…yet the quality of the coins in the rolls to date leave much to be desired.

  4. Mint News Blog says

    Where are you reading that the series will end in 2014? I've seen it discussed by collectors, but nothing in the legislation.

    Public Law 88-256
    88th Congress, H.R. 9413
    December 30, 1963

    "Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That in lieu of the coinage of the 50-cent piece known as the Franklin half dollar, there shall be coined a silver 50-cent piece which shall bear on one side the likeness of the late President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and on the other side an appropriate design to be prescribed
    by the Secretary of the Treasury."

  5. Anonymous says

    Why are these halves still being minted? Maybe the size should be changed, or something, but JFK halves never really circulated, and it doesn't make much sense to keep minting "circulation" coins that never circulate.

  6. Anonymous says

    I've had more fun collecting the Kennedy halves than just about any other series. I only buy graded coins and have been focused on the series from 1992 forward.

    There have been many good buys… recently I purchased 60 2006 PCGS PF69's for $12.50 each when the silver content was worth (by memory( something close to $10.75 each.

    I've also been stocking up on the 2010 NP silver coins from the mint at $32.95 per set. These have close to $27 or $28 worth of silver in them. If you calculate out the price per ounce the 010 NP silver quarters are about $37 an ounce. which is not bad at all for a proof strike silver coin. Buy'em up now. I wouldn't imagine they will be in the catalog for long.

  7. Anonymous says

    Kennedy half dollars don't get enough respect. I think that in time the tables will change. From an aesthetic standpoint; the design is shockingly perfect. From a historical standpoint; the design is historically significant. IMO; KHDs should only be minted in precious metal.

  8. Anonymous says

    Doesn't the Mint admit that no Kennedy halves are made for circulation and all are just for collectors? When you figure the cost of the metal they make a couple million dollars a year on them. But if they are not made for circulation are they tokens rather than coins?

  9. Mint News Blog says

    The seigniorage related to the half dollars is transferred to the Treasury General Fund.

    These are coins since they have a legal tender face value. Even though they are not issued into circulation, you could go spend them at a value of 50 cents each.

  10. Anonymous says

    Yeah, I found a 2004 Kennedy just the other day in a mixed roll from a bank that I looked through. Obviously spent by someone who didn't realize or care that it was a loss for someone.

  11. HBGuy says

    The KHD is an overrated coin for an extremely overrated President who is best known for his philandering, dubious judgement and other moral lapses.

    Ronald Reagan was a far better President with an enormous legacy of positive achievements. Let's honor him instead of the Brothers Kennedy.

  12. Anonymous says

    I am currently building a complete graded Kennedy set. Some of the units are pretty expensive but enjoying the effort tremendously! I have also added the Bobby Kennedy commems and plan on getting the Eunice Shriver Sp. Olympics coins.

  13. Anonymous says

    I thought Reagan's image was planned for the Dime. I even purchased a promo (enlarged) sample coins of the proposed dime with Reagan's profile a couple years back. (I cannot back any of this up because I'm lazily kicking back on my couch on a Sunday morning with a moratorium on thinkin' too hard.)

    This feels like a good ask a question. I collect graded/slabbed Kennedy's for my kid's inheritance. I understand what a "Deep" Cameo represents, but all my PCGS 2001's appear to be just "Cameo" or Proof-Like when compared to every other slabbed Deep Cameo (aka:DCAM) grade. WHY would grading companies not use the designation of "Cameo" to accurately describe the finish even though both are listed on the database as being available? DANG…I VIOLATED THE MORATORIUM AGAIN!!

  14. says

    I served under Kennedy, the Cuban Crisis. I can say that I’m very happy that JFK was our President at that time and not Ronald Reagan. I collect the Kennedy Half and do so proudly. It is a beautiful coin, one that should not be changed. I do believe that the Kennedy should be released for circulation. Our country keeps trying to come up with a medal coin to replace the dollar and can’t succeed. We never had a problem carrying and spending the Half. Lets go back to it, I’d gladly carrying them, it would reduce the bill. It would also allow people the feel of large change in their pockets again, the first step toward a true dollar coin. As for Reagan on the coin, his supporters should read true historic facts to see just what he actually did as President, not for the things that he’s credited with.

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